Daniel races his way back to the front

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

BAL­LITO-BASED Daniel Du­miny strug­gled in his quest to im­prove his lot in the Cape Kart­ing Cham­pi­onship at Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day, but the 15-yearold once again showed a steely re­solve to bounce back to take a fight­ing se­cond in the fi­nal heat.

The day started well for Daniel, who qual­i­fied se­cond along­side cham­pi­onship leader Jason Coet­zee on a grid that promised the clos­est of rac­ing.

Daniel is at the head of a group of eight karts that qual­i­fied within two-tenths of a se­cond in what is likely the most com­pet­i­tive rac­ing class in SA at the mo­ment. It would, how­ever, prove a touch too close twice too of­ten for young Daniel.

“That was not the best of days,” SMD Rac­ing Kos­mic driver Daniel ad­mit­ted. “I was fast, so there’s no doubt it was go­ing to be a good day and I qual­i­fied a good se­cond, but that only lasted un­til the first cor­ner.

“I will call that one a rac­ing in­ci­dent, but I had a com­ing to­gether with my favourite spar­ring part­ner J.P. Ham­man, which cost me dear as I had to fight back from the back to end up eighth.

“The se­cond race was even more dra­matic. I qual­i­fied fourth, but was in­volved in a start-line in­ci­dent and the race was red flagged.

“We were lucky not to dam­age the kart and af­ter the restart I worked my way up to third, dic­ing with my friend J.P.,” Daniel ex­plained.

“Then I found my­self off the track again — that one wasn’t a rac­ing in­ci­dent but my third be­came ninth. I was pretty un­happy about that.

“The last race was much bet­ter though. I qual­i­fied fifth and man­aged to get up to se­cond by the third lap and stayed there. I even man­aged to pass J.P. with­out in­ci­dent!

“It’s a pity be­cause I had the pace to be at least se­cond ev­ery race, but that’s rac­ing — we will be back!”

Daniel’s next ap­point­ment in his busy motorsport sched­ule will be in the SMG Pep­per Rac­ing Polo in the fifth round of the En­gen Volk­swa­gen Polo Cup at Zwartkops in Pretoria next Tues­day, be­fore the next Cape Kart­ing race back at Kil­lar­ney on Au­gust 27.

PHOTO: MOTORSPORT ME­DIA

Bal­lito’s Daniel Du­miny looks for­ward to a podium at Zwartkops Tues­day last week.

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