Women make history
In world first, karting girls fill the podium in Senior Max race
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.
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.