|What||South African Rotax Max Challenge Final Round 4 Report|
|Where||Killarney Kart Track, Cape Town|
|When||Saturday 17 October 2020|
|Community||South Africa National|
Gloves on for Mini Max champion Motlekar
2020 South African Rotax Mini Max champion Ghazi Motlekar did not need to race the final Rotax national round at Killarney over the weekend as he had already wrapped up the title. Still the Dainfern kid made the trip as a voyage of learning ahead of representing South Africa at the Rotax Mini Max ‘Olympics of Karting’ Grand Finals in Portugal in January.
“I need to prepare for the Grand Finals,” Ghazi pointed out. “There I am unlikely to be up front all weekend — I am destined to be fighting in the pack. So on Saturday, we used one of our practice chassis and a down on power engine so that I was fighting in the middle of the pack. “It worked well — I spent the day fighting it out amongst the mid-pack drivers to gain some sparring experience for Europe.
"It was rough — I lost a chassis and bent an axle, but I learned so much. And a few things I must not do in Portugal! I was taken out once or twice and had to fight back, all of which is great experience ahead of the grand Finals, so it was a great weekend all in all. We also loaned one of our engines to one of our rivals and I was very happy that he won all four races with it!
“Now for the Grand Finals — we have a couple more local races before then and I need to keep sharp over the holidays, but I am so proud to have won the championship and honoured to represent SA in the Grand Finals. I could never have done this on my own so a huge word of thanks to uncle Hughie and Wesleigh Orr, my race engineer and most of all, my parents!”
Issued on behalf of Ghazi Motlekar
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