Kwanda Mokoena is keen to win himself a place in the Rotax Max World Mini Max finals in Italy when he races in the Rotax Max African Open at the Zwartkops Kart Track on Saturday.
TWO karters will be rolling the dice when they compete at the Rotax Max African Open at the Zwartkops Kart Track on Saturday as the prize is a place in the Rotax Max World Mini Max finals in Italy.
Kyalami kid kart star Kwanda Mokoena may have missed out on double 2016 South African national karting titles by the closest imaginable margins, but the 12-year old is fully intent on making up for that by winning the prize ticket to race.
“The African Open is now the big one for us. We love Italy and I really want to race there, so I now have to grab that ticket to race the world finals there,” Kwanda said.
Ballito kart ace Daniel Duminy (15) is also chasing the hallowed Rotax African Open high school 125 cc Junior Max win at the Zwartkops Kart Track on Saturday.
In a controversial decision this year, race organisers have not included the Junior Max African Open winner among the world final team as usual, with the prize simply being to go to watch the racing, but that has not prevented Daniel from entering. “The prize for the winner of the Junior Max final at the African Open at this stage is a ticket to watch the world final,” Daniel said. “But I am quietly hoping that Rotax Max can somehow find a way to get the Junior Max African Open winner into a kart in Italy and racing. That’s why I’m excited for this next weekend. I’m hoping for the best and not letting last year’s sad result get to us when we so narrowly missed out on the chance to win that ticket to actually compete.”