Karting history for Kwanda
TWELVE-year-old Kwanda Mokoena made history on the weekend when he became the youngest ever driver to win a junior level karting championship anywhere in the world.
Mokoena, who took advantage of South African karting shifting its minimum karting age limits lower for 2016, a year before international karting did the same; stepped up to Junior Rok at the beginning of the season and promptly took the championship with a dominant performance at a wet Vereeniging on Saturday.
Kwanda’s historic title came at the end of a trying season, where he missed out on two primary school national karting titles by less than a single point each.
“It’s been a tough journey for us and it still pains me that we didn’t do two Maxterino Regionals at the beginning of the year.,” Kwanda said.
“Rotax prescribes that the Maxterino regionals count to the national points and after dominating in PE and Vereeniging with solid wins, I lost the championship by 0.25 to come second in SA. “I also ended second in the Mini Rok SA National Championship by just one point!
“But it was a good year too - we still won two titles with Junior Rok and the African Maxterino championship, where I won R10 000 for winning the 2016 African Open and I also qualified 8th in my class at the World Rok Karting Championships in Italy two weeks ago which.
“That was really tough racing against the best of the best in the world, but I learnt so much!”
“2016 was hard work - I often drove nine races in a day, but I was dedicated and together with dad and Thabs my mechanic, we made it happen.
“There are so many people to thank — from my Rivonia Primary school teacher for making a plan and allowing me to represent SA in the middle of exam time, my mechanic Thabs; Team Squadra Corse and KGT in Italy and my mom and dad and sister for all their support and travelling with me far and wide to compete in 2016.
“Most of all thanks to RKT uncle Ett for your help this year, Wayne Masters and Mr Odendaal and to Motorsport Media for all the fantastic coverage this year - God bless you all.” — Motorsport Media.