MOKOENA GETS A SEAT ON THE SIDE­LINES AT ITALY

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - — Mo­tor­sport Me­dia.

KWANDA Mokoena has won the 2016 African Max­terino Kart­ing Open, win­ning him­self a ticket to watch the Ro­tax Max World Fi­nals in Italy and in a small way re­deem­ing his miss­ing out on dou­ble 2016 South African na­tional kart­ing ti­tles by the clos­est of mar­gins imag­in­able.

The 12-year-old Kyalami kart star Mokoena drove a canny race to take the pri­mary school Max­terino 60 cc fi­nal and came home sixth in his de­but in the un­der-14 Mini Max fi­nal.

“I’m still sad that I lost the SA Max­terino Cham­pi­onship the way we did — we were only no­ti­fied that cer­tain re­gional races were to count to our na­tional score af­ter we had missed two of those races, so los­ing that ti­tle by a quar­ter of a point was a bit­ter pill to swal­low on top of end­ing up sec­ond by just a point in the SA Mini Rok ti­tle,” Kwanda said.

Af­ter the week­end’s rac­ing he thanked his par­ents for their sup­port, Thabs his me­chanic, his Squadra Corse team boss Eli, Et­tiene from RKT and “my num­ber one fan, my sis­ter Ke­anda”.

“Kart­ing is a team sport and I could never be here on my own,” said Kwanda.

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