Mor­ga­do scoops fifth Wor­ld Cam­pi­ons­hip

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Dur­ban’s ve­te­ran kart racer C­ris­ti­a­no Mor­ga­do won the 2018 Ro­tax DD2 Mas­ters Grand Fi­nal wor­ld c­ham­pi­ons­hip in Bra­zil on Sa­tur­day 1 De­cem­ber.

The 39-y­e­ar-old star­ted from po­le po­si­ti­on in the fi­nal and led from g­reen lig­ht to the win­ner's flag in very hot con­di­ti­ons. He was houn­ded all the way du­ring the 20-lap fi­nal, i­ni­ti­al­ly by fel­low South A­fri­can Mi­cha­el S­te­phen of Port E­li­za­beth and t­hen by Ant­ti Ol­li­kai­nen of Fin­land and Fra­ser Hart of New Ze­a­land. S­te­phen fi­nis­hed in a c­lo­se fifth pla­ce be­hind Mat­thew Ha­mil­ton of New Ze­a­land and the top fi­ve we­re co­ve­r­ed by just fi­ve se­conds.

Mor­ga­do’s win was a re­cord­ma­king fifth Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip k­ar­ting tit­le in the an­nu­al Ro­tax Grand Fi­nals, first held in Pu­er­to Ri­co in 2000. This la­test win brings the vic­to­ry tal­ly of South A­fri­cans in this in­ter­na­ti­o­nal se­ries to 13.

Mor­ga­do won his first Ro­tax wor­ld tit­le in 2003 and was the Wor­ld DD2 Mas­ters Cham­pi­on in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He de­di­ca­ted the vic­to­ry to his fat­her, Rui, who has sup­por­ted him in a ra­cing ca­reer that stret­ches back mo­re than three de­ca­des. A­part from k­ar­ting, Mor­ga­do has com­pe­ted at the top le­vel of single-se­a­ter ra­cing in Eu­ro­pe and in 2006 he fi­nis­hed se­cond in the B­ri­tish For­mu­la Three C­ham­pi­ons­hip.

E­very dri­ver that ma­kes it to the Ro­tax Grand Fi­nals has gai­ned en­try through win­ning a c­ham­pi­ons­hip in the re­gi­on in which he or she has com­pe­ted throug­hout 2018. to gain en­try to the Ro­tax Wor­ld C­ham­pi­onshp e­vent.

Mi­cha­el S­te­phen, com­pe­ting in his thi­rd Grand fi­nals, ran se­cond for a num­ber of laps just be­hind Mor­ga­do, but was caug­ht in the clo­sing sta­ges by Ol­li­kai­nen, Hart and Ha­mil­ton.

A­not­her KZN-ba­sed dri­ver Jo­na­than Pie­ter­se, fi­nis­hed an ex­cel­lent 10th, af­ter qua­li­fying 18th for the fi­nals. This was the ex­pe­rien­ced Pie­ter­se’s best re­sult in the wor­ld c­ham­pi­ons­hip to da­te. He was very quick all week in the e­li­mi­na­ti­on ra­ces in Bra­zil and al­so en­joy­ed a fan­tas­tic se­a­son in Ro­tax k­ar­ting in 2018 in South A­fri­ca.

This y­e­ar 12 South A­fri­can dri­vers qua­li­fied for the Ro­tax Max C­hal­len­ge Grand Fi­nals and all of them a­cquit­ted them­sel­ves well.

C­ris­ti­a­no Mor­ga­do, fi­ve-ti­mes Wor­ld Ro­tax k­ar­ting cham­pi­on.

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