The 250 Superkart Series made their way down to the picturesque Killarney Raceway in Cape Town on Saturday 14 April for the third round of the 2012 250 Superkart racing season.
ARTICLE ISSUED BY: GREG REILLY
Photography by: Dr. Mark Greenslade
The 250 Superkart Series made their way down to the picturesque Killarney Raceway in Cape Town on Saturday 14 April for the third round of the 2012 250 Superkart racing season.Qualifying
After a slow start to the year Veron Pappas (Arma Gear Rotax Anderson Superkart) was back on form as he took a solid pole position ahead of current championship leader Sean Moore (Ziegler PVP Superkart).
Tyron Davis (AVL Africa PVP Superkart) put in a cracking lap to claim third position ahead of former team mate Andrew Greenslade (Ziegler / East Side Kustomz PVP Superkart).
Home town boy Eerik Horn (Johan Horn Transport PVP Superkart) would start from the third row of the grid with another Cape Town local, Marcel Angel (PVP Rotax Superkart) alongside him in sixth position.
Another local, John Amm (PVP Rotax Superkart) would make a welcome return to the 250 Superkart Series for the first time this season. An unfortunate Trevor Green (Super Tech Rotax Stealth Superkart) would have to start from the fourth row of the grid after breaking a rotor before qualifying.
Schalk Burger Junior (Cape Gearbox & Diff PVP Yamaha Superkart) didn’t qualify either when an engine mounting on his kart broke. He would have to start the race from the back of the grid.
Overcast weather conditions and a light drizzle before the first race would see track conditions dramatically altered compared to what the drivers had experienced during the Friday qualifying session. The track would turn out to be rather cold and fairly slippery.Race 1
The customary rolling start saw the field charge down through turn one, with the drivers jostling for position as they ran down to turn three. Horn’s race ended before it had begun when a slipping clutch on the formation lap led to him actually breaking the motor before the end of the first lap!
Pappas held on to the lead with Moore and the rest of the field in tow. Greenslade slotted into third position with Angel and Davis in hot pursuit. Burger’s woes continued when he retired from a competitive fifth position on the second lap with terminal gearbox issues.
Moore took the lead on the second lap with Pappas glued to his rear bumper! The battle at the front was a close run affair with the rest of the field scrapping over the minor positions. Fourth placed Angel retired to the pits on the fifth lap suffering from a sudden loss of power and handling issues.
A determined Pappas made his move on the last lap when he used the back markers to his advantage to get past Moore heading into Cape Town corner. He went on to take the win ahead of Moore with Greenslade taking a lonely third position.
Davis held on for an unchallenged fourth position while Amm and Green had to settle for fifth and sixth positions respectively. Green faded in the latter stages of the race with gearbox issues and would unfortunately not be able to get the problem fixed before the second race.
A fairly heavy drizzle starts before the start of the second race and the changing track conditions would certainly make things interesting. Angel decides to put his son Dayne into his kart for the second race. The customary inverted grid would see the youngster start alongside Amm on the front row. The usual frantic charge for the first corner saw the field jostling for position.
When they crossed the line for the first time it was Moore who had taken the lead ahead of Greenslade with Pappas ahead of Angel and Davis. Angel was caught out by the slippery track conditions and spun out of contention before rejoining at the back of the field. A determined Pappas had made his way to the front by the second lap with Moore and Greenslade hot on his heels. A repaired Horn slotted into fourth position ahead of Davis by this time as well.
Greenslade started fading by the fourth lap when gearbox gremlins slowed his pace. A frustrated Green was circulating at the back of the field with no third or fourth gears, giving him an uphill battle throughout the race. Although a lap down from his earlier spin, young Angel was proving to be a natural behind the wheel, putting in some impressive lap times!
The battle for the lead was closer than ever with Moore regaining the lead from Pappas on the fifth lap. The battle for fourth position was just as fierce with Horn crossing the line on lap six with a missing side pod after an earlier coming together with Davis. Horn’s efforts would count for nothing however when he faded on the penultimate lap of the race with suspected engine problems once again.
The run to the line couldn’t have been closer. Moore only just held Pappas at bay to clinch the victory with the pair only separated by 0.338 of a second at the finish!
Greenslade did well to hold onto third position ahead of Davis with Amm holding onto a well placed fifth position. Horn dropped back to sixth with young Angel unlucky to be classified in seventh position. His fastest time of 1:14.740 in the race (only 0.487 slower than the fastest lap of the race by Moore) would have put him as high as third position if it wasn’t for his earlier spin! Green limped home to a respectable eighth position. The 125 Contenders
The Nosworthy family dominated the 125 Superkart race with Stephen only just taking the win ahead of Clinton. Astrid Huckstedt took a well placed third position ahead of Paul Lehmann with Tania Fraser taking a respectable fifth position.
The second race couldn’t have been closer with Stephen taking the win ahead of Clinton by the narrowest of margins – 0.056 of a second to be exact! Lehmann held on for a respectable third position this time around
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