Close, clean driv­ing sets pace at re­gion­als

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BORDER Kart­ing hosted round four of the Border Kart­ing Club Cham­pi­onship and the re­gional cham­pi­onship for the 60cc class on Satur­day.

It was a day of action-packed rac­ing, en­joyed by all present.

50CC cadettes:

It is nice to see new faces in this class, no­tably, Caleb Oden­daal mak­ing his kart­ing de­but.

Jor­dan van der Merwe was in top form, and took all three wins on the day, fol­lowed by the ever-im­prov­ing Heath Val­lance, who has shown great pace this year.

Oden­daal fin­ished third for the day, a bril­liant re­sult for his de­but race.

60CC ju­niors:

This was the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship round for them, where Se­bas­tian “Seb” Smith showed his ever im­prov­ing re­solve, and won all three heats in a kart gra­ciously lent to him by Daniel Van Zum­meren, as Smith’s kart was still on its way back from the last na­tional cham­pi­onship round he com­peted in at Vereeneg­ing. It’s great to see such sports­man­ship amongst the driv­ers.

“Seb” was fol­lowed closely by Kaylim Pa­day­achee and Jor­dan van der Merwe, who have both im­proved in leaps and bounds over the past few race meet­ings.

Jor­dan Dorn­ing fin­ished fourth for the day, with up-and-com­ing Van Zum­meren hot on his heels.

Valance made his 60cc de­but, and fin­ished in a solid sixth place.

Club­mans:

Num­bers were un­for­tu­nately down for club­mans on Satur­day, but it didn’t stop Jared de Kock and Ash­ton Nel show­ing how close, clean rac­ing should be done.

De Kock won heat one and two, with Nel putting in some su­per-fine driv­ing to take one for the girls, and won heat three. Nel was also awarded the driver of the day.

DD2:

DD2 also put on a su­perb show for all, with Shaun Grad­well bol­stered by the gra­cious use of Brad van Zu­umeren’s kart, as Grad­well’s was dam­aged at the pre­vi­ous event in PE.

Grad­well was in top form, win­ning all three heats on the day, closely fol­lowed by Ge­off Stephen.

The two of them put on a fine show of close rac­ing in heat two and three, also dis­play­ing how close rac­ing should be done, swap­ping po­si­tions mul­ti­ple times dur­ing the heats.

Third over­all was Brent Strydom, in great form, show­ing the top driv­ers that he is hot on their heels!

Fourth was De Kock, with a fan­tas­tic re­sult in his rookie DD2 season.

He was fol­lowed by David Blue­berry, Kevin Vosloo, and Craig Borges, who are all look­ing for­ward to a much bet­ter event next time out.

The next event is on Septem­ber 9 at the East Lon­don Grand Prix Cir­cuit’s kart­ing track.

Be sure to catch all the action!

Pic­ture: DEAN HOLMES

CLOSE ACTION: Some hot kart­ing action was just what was needed on a cool Satur­day, and is ex­actly what the rac­ers de­liv­ered at the week­end

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