Women make history

In world first, kart­ing girls fill the podium in Se­nior Max race

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SOUTH African women rac­ers Fa­bi­enne Lanz, Ivana Ce­tinich and Shan­non Jack­son made in­ter­na­tional rac­ing history on Satur­day when they topped the podium in the first race of the Ro­tax Se­nior Max class of the fifth North­ern Re­gions kart­ing cham­pi­onship round.

Lanz, rid­ing a For­mula K ma­chine, beat Ce­tinich on a Birel by two sec­onds, with Jack­son (CRG) fend­ing off male rac­ers Ty­lan Wit­booi and Jar­ryd Wray for third on what is be­lieved to be the a first all-women podium in motorsport history any­where in the world. Only a spir­ited come­back drive by Wray pre­vented the women from scor­ing an over­all 1-2-3 on the day when he took third place for the day off Jack­son by a soli­tary point, fin­ish­ing be­hind Lanz, who took the hon­ours from Ce­tinich.

In other ac­tion on the day, Delon Thompson (Birel) opened up his high-school Ju­nior Max cham­pi­onship lead over the sim­i­larly mounted Blaine Rade­meyer and Joshua Dias, who re­spec­tively ended sec­ond and third be­hind Thompson in all three races. Karl Pitzer, Way­land Wyman and Oliver Gun­ner filled the mi­nor plac­ings. Luca Munaretto (FA Kart) sim­i­larly dom­i­nated all three of the other high-school Ju­nior Rok class races to win com­fort­ably over­all from Jor­dan North (Kos­mic) and Mike Pringle.

In the pri­mary-school classes, Kwanda Mokoena (FA) beat Cameron O’Con­nor (Top­kart) two races to one, to take Max­terino hon­ours with Saood Vari­awa third over­all ahead of Liam de Beer, Joshua de Paiva and Jag­ger Robert­son. Saood Vari­awa (Top­kart) sim­i­larly took two races to win over Al­tan Bouw (Za­nardi) to take the other pri­mary-school Mini Rok class over­all hon­ours with Blaine Rade­meyer (Top­kart) third from Jar­rod Waber­ski, L.J. Mginqi and Ley­ton Fourie.

Lit­tle Sa’aad Vari­awa, mean­while, trot­ted off another three U8 Cadet class wins to tighten his grip on that cham­pi­onship as Bjorn Bertholdt kept Aeron Wecke, Mo­hammed Mo­erat, W.J. van Straaten and Chelsey Ful­ton be­hind for sec­ond.

Mov­ing up to the gear­box classes, Justin Al­li­son (TonyKart) main­tained his re­cent na­tional cham­pi­onship round win­ning ad­van­tage over his re­gional com­peti­tors to score three wins and over­all Ro­tax DD2 hon­ours for the day. Ron­nie Bap­tista (CRG) took Mas­ters class hon­ours in sec­ond over­all ahead of Chad Maciver, Pas­cal Aquaah, another lead­ing kart­ing women Jen­nifer Ver­heul, and Jonathan Mogotsi

The six-speed IAME X30 class re­sults had a fa­mil­iar ring about them as Nathan Parkins (Kos­mic) reeled off another three race wins to take an easy over­all vic­tory over Con­nor Rogers (Za­nardi) and Kea­gan Mas­ters (FA). Shayur Harpal was fourth from Ryan Maroun and Justin Oates.

Last but not least, Scott Fal­coner dom­i­nated the old-school 125 GP class over Deon Auby and Ryan Bakewell, with Gerald Fourie and Miguel and Paul Dias round­ing off the top six.

But this race day will be re­mem­bered for Fa­bi­enne Lanz, Ivana Ce­tinich and Shan­non Jack­son’s all-women top three in that first Se­nior Max heat — an his­toric re­sult and quite plau­si­bly the first such out­come any­where in world race history.

Na­tional kart­ing com­peti­tors now pack for iDube and the fourth round of the SA cham­pi­onship in KwaZulu-Natal on Au­gust 15, be­fore the re­gional cir­cus re­turns to Vereenig­ing for round six of the North­ern Re­gions se­ries a week later.

PHOTO: NICK CE­TINICH

From left: Shan­non Jack­son, Ivana Ce­tinich and Fa­bi­enne Lanz made history when they filled the podium at Vereenig­ing’s Se­nior Max kart races on Satur­day.

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