Daniel races his way back to the front
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.
Ballito’s Daniel Duminy looks forward to a podium at Zwartkops Tuesday last week.