MOKOENA GETS A SEAT ON THE SIDELINES AT ITALY
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.