|What||Visser Brothers Updae|
|Where||Killarney Kart Track, Cape Town|
|When||Tuesday 10 November 2020|
|Community||Cape Town, Western Province.|
Charl, Kyle rewrite the Killarney kart record books
In spite of the challenges of lockdown 2020, Durbanville karting brothers Charl Michael and Kyle Visser have enjoyed a record breaking year. Coming off another successful weekend where Charl Michael won the day in Senior Max and Kyle Junior at the Killarney regionals, both brothers lead their classes in the WP championships. Both also proudly hold their class lap records at their Killarney home track.
Charl set a new Killarney Senior Max lap record in the opening race of the second Killarney regional race in March. That mark was however twice beaten later in the day. But Charl Michael struck back to further drop the mark to 40.630 seconds in the opening heat of his home Senior Max National at Killarney in October.
“It’s been a difficult year for all of us, but I’m happy with my karting year,” Charl admitted. “You can’t win them all and we missed out on the national title this year, but I'm leading the WP regional championship. I've had good pace and I broke the Killarney lap record twice through 2020. “Special thanks to my dad and the team for the best karts as always - now we look forward to 2021 - that’s going to be great fun!”
Kyle set the new Junior mark at 41.467 seconds in his first heat in that March race weekend, and while he never raced in the nationals, the younger Visser also looks to be on his way to the WP Junior Max championship. “My biggest problem is that I am twelve kilos over the Junior Max weight limit, so we decided to skip the nationals and worry about the WP title this year,” Kyle pointed out.
“So far, so good and I hope to add another Cape title to my CV soon. “But I'm particularly proud of my lap record in spite of that weight penalty. “Next year I will step up to Senior Max and I’m really looking forward to that — especially to race with my brother Charl at the sharp end of the grid — I really can’t wait!"
The Visser brothers have made a name for themselves in SA karting. Four-time SA champion Charl started in Cadets before stepping up to Maxterino, where he won the 2016 national title. He then added the 2017 WP Mini Max title before romping to the 2018 SA Junior Max championship and then added the 2019 SA Senior Max title too. This year Charl came second in the SA Junior Max championship and leads the WP title race.
2018 was a particularly proud year for the Vissers when Kyle also took the SA Mini Max title and both brothers represented South Africa at the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Brazil. Kyle also has a winning karting career, starting with the 2015 WP Cadet and then the 2016 under-11 WP Micro Max titles. He did the triple in 2017, taking the SA under-13 Mini Max championship, and both the Western Cape Mini Max and Mini Rok titles.
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