Other class contenders for last on the brakes, fastest up the hill
DELON Thompson from Gauteng has scored race wins in both the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth rounds so far, and his tally of three full-house scores sees him just edge the title race against Cape Town’s Dino Stermin, who has been excellent in Senior Max this season considering he is still a relative newcomer to the intense world of karting.
Third in the title challenge is Delano Fowler, who has had some fierce on-track battles so far this season with fast-lady Fabienne Lanz, currently lying fourth.
Joshua Dias from Gauteng was a race winner in Port Elizabeth, and lies fifth.
Ever-improving female drivers are Shannon Jackson and Ivana Cetinich who will both miss this round due to academic commitments.
The point scoring system allows three heats to be discarded so those who miss this event may still be in with a chance if they achieve a good score at the final in Vereeniging.
Sebastian Boyd from Cape Town dominated the opening round of the 2016 Junior Max Championship at his home circuit at Killarney, scoring three straight wins, and he followed this up in PE with a win and a second, despite being knocked off the track in the opening race at the Windy City.
Boyd goes into the iDube round with a 17-point advantage over Capebased Daniel Duminy, who, it should noted, spent many of his formative karting years racing at iDube, so his will be an intense challenge to the front-runners in the midlands.
Karl Pitzer from Mozambique lies third in the Junor Max points table, a feat that is impressive given that the young karter is based far from the epicentres of karting in southern Africa, and also that this is his first season at this level, having graduated from Maxterino at the beginning of the season.
Jason Coetzee from Cape Town is a potential race-winner, as he showed in Port Elizabeth, and his championship fourth position to date could be misleading.
Blane Rademeyer from Gauteng is another very quick driver, as is Cameron o’Connor, while a local hotshot to watch here is Dominic Lincoln.
The 60 cc “baby” class in the Rotax Max Challenge series is Maxterino, for drivers aged between eight and 13-years-old, and currently it is a Cape Town stronghold, with five of the top championship positions, after two National rounds, held by WP drivers.
Leading the pack is the impressive Joseph Oelz, who has scored three race wins in the opening round and followed this up with a second, a third and a fifth in P.E. Troy Dolinschek lies second in the title chase, followed by another Capetonian, Charl Visser.
But in fourth place is the Gauteng driver Kwanda Mokeona, who scored a full house of race wins in Port Elizabeth after a disastrous first round. So don’t be surprised to see Mokoena right on the pace in Idube.
Kai van Zyl and Tate Bishop round out the top six here.
Mini Rok is the other National Championship series for 60 cc karts, and here Kawanda Mokeona is right in the title hunt, sharing wins with Joshua Coertze.
Other contenders are Charl Visser, Daniele Patrizi, Jayden Els, Layton Fourie, Cameron Dias and Daniel de Paiva.