The BirelART South Africa Official Team is raring to go and will hit the track running this weekend at the first round of the Northern Regions Rotax Max Championship.
The team enjoyed much success in its first year and it has expanded to include drivers from four provinces of which nine drivers will be competing at Laserfiche Raceway on Saturday 9 February 2019.
It is full gas for Caleb Odendaal who joins the team, racing in both the Bambino and Micro Max classes. Nicknamed ‘the Mini Stig’ his confidence is at an all-time high, after winning the 2018 Border Championship and finishing 2nd in the Eastern Cape Regionals.
Tshepang Shisinwana has made the jump to Micro Max and will be looking to gain experience in this much bigger faster kart. His progress will be watched with great interest as his confidence builds.
Dhivyan Naidoo is a new-comer to the team. The KZN based driver will be competing in the Micro Max class and has been pegged as a serious championship contender. He will use this event to gain valuable track time at the Vereeniging circuit.
BirelART really showed strength in the Mini Max class last year and the reigns have been handed over to Matthew Morrell and Bjorn Bertholdt. Matthew won his first race at the end of last season and will be looking to continue his form. Bjorn has moved up from Micro Max and was immediately on the pace during a race at the end of 2018 in the Mini Max class. This duo is likely to be exceptionally competitive and to challenge for the championship.
Jordan Brooks ruled the roost in Mini Max last year and has made the move to Junior Max in 2019. Jordan is going to be up against some serious competition, but this confident youngster is expected to have some good pace. Nicknamed the ‘gun-slinger’, Jordan will want to compete at the sharp end of the field sooner rather than later.
Joseph Oelz, is no stranger to the Junior Max field. He joins the team this year and is set to launch a serious challenge for championship honours. Despite being Cape Town based, he will compete in the Northern Regions Championship.
Another welcome addition to the team, racing in Senior Max, is Shrien Naidoo. Despite being KZN based, he too will be using this weekend to gain valuable track time at the Vereeniging circuit.
The team won the SA Senior Max Championship last year and aim to defend their title. Big things are expected from both Shrien and Connor Donovan who will also be racing in the class. Connor will miss this weekend’s race, but will be participating in the upcoming KZN Regional.
Dominic Lincoln, the 2018 South African Senior Max Champion, has moved up to the premier DD2 gearbox class for this year. Dominic will be competing in the KZN Regional and won’t be making the trip to Vereeniging this weekend. Bradley Liebenberg will therefore step back into a DD2 kart for this weekend, with the aim to develop and test the kart for the team.
Please feel free to drop in over the weekend and come meet your BirelART South Africa Official Team Drivers.
Published by: BirelART South Africa
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