Kart­ing just got a lot quicker

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THE 2015 South African Na­tional Kart­ing Cham­pi­onship sea­son fires up in Port El­iz­a­beth on Satur­day in a fresh sea­son set to dish up even more in­no­va­tion and a new top class.

2014 was a wa­ter­shed year for the lo­cal sport when all classes raced to­gether for the first time in over a decade of split cham­pi­onships. The move to those sin­gle, block­buster na­tion­als brought a new grav­ity to kart­ing and while the block­buster theme con­tin­ues into 2015, there are a few more changes this year.

NEW X30S SET TO THRILL

The new IAME X30 shifter class gains na­tional cham­pi­onship sta­tus for the first time this year with th­ese high-pow­ered 125 cc six-speed ma­chines set to be­come kart­ing’s quick­est class, driven by among the coun­try’s top rac­ing names.

X30 and the Rok classes start their sea­sons in Port El­iz­a­beth this week­end be­fore they join up with the new Evo-pow­ered Ro­tax Max classes for the Cape round in April at Kil­lar­ney. All classes then move on to KZN at iDube in June and Vereeneg­ing in Gaut­eng in Au­gust, which will be the X30 and Rok fi­nals. Ro­tax Max then wraps up its year at Zwartkops in Oc­to­ber.

The IAME X30 class be­gins its first sea­son as a na­tional kart­ing class with a star-stud­ded field set to de­liver pre­mium ac­tion this week­end, with Jo­han­nes­burg’s world cham­pi­onship run­ner-up Nathan Parkins head­ing an en­try list that also in­cludes lo­cal hero and triple SA Pro­duc­tion Car cham­pion Michael Stephen.

Add Cape driv­ers, dou­ble SA Max Chal­lenge cham­pion Luke Her­ring, Ju­lian vd Watt and Ko­hen Bam and Reef stars Keagan Masters who steps up to X30 at 14 years old, Con­nor Rogers, Shayur Harpal and Kyle Lawrence, plus 10 other most ca­pa­ble driv­ers to that and we have a recipe to thrill.

SOLID AS A ROK

Mov­ing over to the Vor­tex Rok classes, SA cham­pion Chas­sen Bright will be out to de­fend his Su­per Rok 125 cc ti­tle from the likes of last year’s run­ner-up Ja­son Smith, broth­ers Ja­son and Luke Hill, Keagan Black­ensee and Ju­nior Max grad­u­ate Henry Bam.

Teenagers Stu­art White from Bloem­fontein, Jo’burg’s Luca Munaretto and KZN lad Chayse Au­gus­tus will have to deal with Jozi lass Neha Harpal among a com­pet­i­tive field in the high school age Ju­nior Rok 125 cc class that is al­ways on for a good battle.

The small­est na­tional class this week­end is the 60 cc pri­mary school gang rac­ing in Mini Rok, where you can rest as­sured there will be war as usual, in per­haps the purest rac­ing class any­where. It will also be a case of re­venge this year as up­coun­try driv­ers seek re­venge over Cape lads who dom­i­nated the 60s last year. The Cape cer­tainly will be well rep­re­sented though, by the likes of Ai­dan Stry­dom, Charl Visser and Alex Oelz, but up­coun­try ri­vals Jor­dan North, Kwanda Makoena, Altan Bouw, Cameron O’ Con­ner, Jar­rod Waber­ski, Dil­lon van Vu­uren and Do­minic Lin­coln will be out to stop them, while lo­cal PE lad Joshua Co­ertze is al­ways a tough nut to crack at home.

There will also be re­gional cham­pi­onship Cadet races for driv­ers un­der eight years of age as well as a NF100 ju­nior mo­tor­cy­cle demon­stra­tion races through the day.

THE CELSO SCRIB­ANTE CIR­CUIT

The week­end’s ac­tion hap­pens at the Celso Scrib­ante Cir­cuit is at the in­ter­sec­tion of the M18 Vic­to­ria Drive and Sar­dinia Bay Road Port El­iz­a­beth. The ac­tion starts with prac­tice on Thurs­day (with a spit braai for com­peti­tors that evening) and Fri­day, with qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day morn­ing be­fore the race ac­tion com­mences at 10.50 am.

— Sup­plied.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The Mini Rok prom­ises top ac­tion in 2015 South African Na­tional Kart­ing Cham­pi­onship in Port El­iz­a­beth on Satur­day.

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