Cape karters on top

KZN rid­ers look for re­venge at iDube in next Na­tional Kart­ing round

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THE volatile SA Na­tional Kart­ing Cham­pi­onships in Cape Town last Satur­day was the first race ever to be live streamed on the In­ter­net.

While Dur­ban’s four-time world kart­ing cham­pion Cris­tiano Mor­gado (Tony Kart) took over-30s DD2 Masters from CRG men Ni­cholas Ver­heul and Ron­aldo Bap­tista, the day’s races showed Cape karters are en­joy­ing a pur­ple patch with lo­cal driv­ers tak­ing 16 wins from 24 races and over­all honours in four of the eight classes.

The next SA Na­tional Kart­ing Cham­pi­onship will be at the chal­leng­ing iDube Race­way in the KZN early in July, when the lo­cal rac­ers are ex­pected to halt Cape Town’s win­ning ways.

Dino Ster­min (Designer Trims RKT Kos­mic) over­com­ing Cape Town ri­val De­lano Fowler (Supro­com Tony Kart) two races to one in 125 cc high school age Ju­nior Max.

Ster­min both times passed Fowler in dra­matic on-track moves to take his maiden na­tional victory. Joshua Dias (Top Glass/Selepe Birel), Ja­son Coet­zee (RKT Kos­mic) and Gior­dano Lupini (Au­toWeek CRG) shared out the third places, with Dias, Coet­zee. Delon Thomp­son (A&I Birel) and Se­bas­tian Boyd (Boyd Freight Kos­mic) round off the over­all top six.

An­other Cape driver Jonathan Aberdein (TonyKart) took two open Max Chal­lenge 125 cc wins to one over Dur­ban lad Richard Up­ton (CRG), with Dale Fourie CRG third from Miss Ivana Ce­tinich (REB Al­pha Birel).

Robert Whit­ing (Rho Tech Tony) and Chadley Swartz (SAKRA Kos­mic). Aberdein, Up­ton and Whit­ing shared the sec­ond and third places in the races with Ty­lan Swart­booi (CRG) sneak­ing a sec­ond head third place.

Jozi’s Bradley Lieben­berg (Smart Call Birel) broke the Cape Max dom­i­na­tion by beat­ing lo­cal lad Jonathan Aberdein (Tony Kart) two races to one in the quick­est Ro­tax Max DD2 gear­box class with Mitchell Li­cen (Cup­board Value In­trepid), Luca Can­derle (In­trepid), Mitchell Li­cen (Cup­board Value In­trepid) and Kashen Naicker (RKT Kos­mic) split­ting third places be­tween them as Li­cen, Brittz and Can­derle filled out the top six.

The win­ningest driver of the day was an­other Capeto­nian lad, Ai­dan Stry­dom who took five pri­mary school wins in out of six aboard his two Tur­boTech TopKarts in­clud­ing a clean sweep in the Max­terino 60 war. Joburg lightie Cameron O’Con­ner (TopKart) Charl Visser (Bat­tery En­ergy RKT Za­nardi), JP Ham­man (Gatskop RKT Kos­mic) and Kwanda Mokoena (Spin Drift TopKart) shared third places to come home third, fourth and fifth over­all ahead of Troy Dolin­schek (Makita TopKart)

The other pri­mary school class saw Blaine Rademeyer (Spe­cialised Se­cu­rity TopKart) take over­all honours with three sec­ond places af­ter race 2 and 3 win­ner Ai­dan Stry­dom (Turbo Tech TopKart) was taken out on the first lap of the open­ing heat and race 1 win­ner and an­other Cape driver JP Ham­man (Gatskop RKT Kos­mic) ended off the podium in the fol­low­ing races.

That left Ham­man sec­ond over­all from Altan Bouw who took a trio of thirds aboard his BAT Sup­plies RKT Kos­mic, ahead of Stry­dom, Jar­rod Waber­ski (DAW TopKart) and Jay­den Els (Force Fuel TopKart).

Yet an­other Cape Town driver, Ja­son Coet­zee de­feated his Bloem­fontein RKT Kos­mic team-mate two races to one in a trio of hard fought high school Vor­tex Ju­nior Rok 125 cc heats with TonyKart duo Luke Hill and Dario Busi shar­ing third places with Jor­dan North (RKT Kos­mic)

The week­end was wrapped up by a pair of na­tional chal­lenge se­ries races where Nathan Parkins fol­lowed two sec­ond-places up with a win in the IAME X30 gear­box races af­ter race 1 and 2 win­ner and RKT Kos­mic team-mate Luke Her­ring be­came em­broiled in a mid-pack fra­cas in the fi­nale. Pro­duc­tion rac­ing star Michael Stephen (RKT Kos­mic) took a sec­ond and a third en route to third over­all ahead of Ju­lian van der Watt who scored two race thirds aboard his Za­nardi; Ko­hen Bam (SAKRA FA) and As­ton Hare (En­ergy)

There was a change in pro­ceed­ings in Vor­tex Su­per Rok, where Jo­han­nes­burg driver Keagan Masters took a pair of wins to take the day with his Per­for­mance Masters FA from PE lad Bryn High (RKT Za­nardi), Henry Bam (SAKRA TonyKart), Keagan Black­ensee (Per­for­mance Masters TonyKart), Ja­son Smith (TonyKart) and the regular class win­ner Chas­sen Bright (RKT Za­nardi), who bounced back to win the fi­nal heat.

PHOTO: MARK ZEE­MAN

TOP: School of hard knocks — Tyler Croy slams into Cameron O’Con­nor in Max­terino. Nei­ther was hurt.

PHOTO: HEIN­RICH SAUER

RIGHT: Up close and per­sonal — Do­minic Lin­coln’s TonyKart mounts Gior­dano Lupini’s CRG.

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