|What||Gauteng Rotax Max Challenge Round 2 Preview|
|Where||Formula K Benoni & IDube KZN|
|When||Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 April 2021|
|Community||Gauteng & KZN Regional|
Gauteng and KZN Kart Championships heat up this weekend
It's a busy weekend in karting as the second round of 2021 Gauteng Rotax Max Challenge heads to the Formula K Kart raceway following a late change of venue from Zwartkops, when another bumper field of drivers is expected to take to the grid at the Benoni track on Saturday 10 April. And the KZN Rotax Max Challenge also happens at iDube on Sunday.
Over 100 karts raced at Formula K in Benoni last time out and more of the same is predicted this weekend. Jamie Smith set the DD2 die with two heat wins to edge Nicolas Spanoyannis for the overall win in the premier direct drive class last time, so those two arrive in the hot seats. Brandon Smith, Wayland Wyman, Ian Allnutt, Divan Braak, Niko Zafiris and over-32 Masters men, Morne Janse van Rensburg and Philippe Chapat will be in the mix and Nicholas Verheul oufor revenge after his horrible first round.
Kian Grottis is the top chain drive Senior Max class favourite and he will have Tahier Ramlalli, Olerato Sekudu, Dane van Heerde, Kyle Pienaar, Ryan Wustmann and Andrew Hill to play with. SA champion Muhammad Wally is the high school Junior Max top gun, but will arch rival Troy Snyman make the trip from Martizburg? Mo will still have over KC Ensor-Smith, Nicolaos Vostanis, Moosa Kajee, Karabo Malemela and Godfrey Malumane to race.
In primary school action Caleb Odendaal should be back to defend under-13 Mini Max honour against Wian Boshoff and Erich Heystek, with Kent Swartz, Georgia Lenaerts and Kgabang Mngadi also likely to chase the front of that pack. Reagile Mailula seems unbeatable in under-11 Micro Max this year, but Rafael da Silva, Kegan Martin, Mattao Mason, Taylin Patel, Aadam Kajee, Cristian Verheul and Johan Nolte are hell bent to, well, beat him.
Kid karters Santiago Frade, Matthew Shuttleworth and Maddox Mason are the frontrunners among the baby Bambini. Shayaan Mohamed, Kayde Cornofsky, Tyron Kinghorn, Bophelo Molatlhegi, Logan Billau, Brodi Cooper Dowling and Rafael de Sousa are among those also in the hunt there, on another packed grid of karts.
The Rotax Max action does not end Saturday evening as the third round of the KwaZulu Natal Challenge happens at iDube Raceway near Camperdown on Sunday.
Rob Whiting will be keen to keep a grip on his DD2 advantage, but he can expect pressure from DD2 Masters men Jonathan Pieterse, Shane Foley and Alistair Mingay, while Bev van Heerde held Brandon Chetty and Chris Grobbelaar will all be right in there too. Eric Marzoppi is the man to beat in Max Masters, where he will have Richard Horner and Richard van Heerde among those to deal with. And there's every chance that a wildcard or two will make the trip from Gauteng overnight?
Riley Horner, Jack Rowe and Nic Wuite will have Daniela Marzoppi, Juandre Nel, Yifan Li and others on their cases in Senior Max, while Troy Snyman will have Corban Spies and Maahir Wahab giving chase in Junior Max. Harry Rowe and Kyle Spies will fight it out with Troy Pieterse in Micro Max and Troy Pieterse takes on Kayden Pistaur and others in the baby Bambinos.
Lockdown restrictions sadly still apply, so no spectators are allowed at either Formula K of iDube this weekend. Find out more at www.kart.co.za.
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