Young Luan Mostert arrived at Saturday’s second round of the WP Regional Karting Championship eager to make amends for a first round where bad luck had been the order of the day.
After many hours spent by Kito Perdigao trying to eradicate the gremlins in his Bambino engine, Luan was on fire from the word go. His off-track antics kept the other Bambinos entertained while his team got the kart ready, because kids this age are still kids despite the heroics they produce on the track.
Having qualified on pole, Luan drove to a dominant victory in race 1 as he flew around the full 1km Killarney Kart Track. Round 1 winner Rayan Karriem had no answer to Luan’s blistering pace as he followed Luan across the line in P2, 5 seconds behind.
After leading the majority of race 2, Luan got bumped heading into the final corner and had to settle for P3. In the final race of the day, a slipping clutch severely affected his pace towards the end of the race, resulting in another P3.
Despite the challenges, this was enough to earn him second overall on the day and a net lead in the WP Bambino Championship.
Rotax Micro Max
As Luan continues to learn in his rookie season in the class, he can be most proud of the progress he has made since the 1st round a few weeks ago.
The smallest man in his class, Luan smashed 0.6 seconds off his best lap times from the previous round. Doing double duty is no small task on a race day, but Luan did himself proud with three top ten finishes in a very competitive field that included a number of up-country drivers preparing for the Rotax National at Killarney.
In just two weeks, the entire karting community will descend on Cape Town to contest the season-opening National. Luan will be chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle of both his karts as he continues his journey as one of South Africa’s most exciting young prospects.
Published by: Carbs and Coffee Media
Photography by: Heinrich Sauer
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