The fourth round of the 2019 Northern Regions Rotax Max Championship took place at the Vaal Kart Circuit on Saturday (8 June) and Praga did well to earn podiums on a day filled with action packed racing.
Troy van der Laan qualified on pole position and had a good first race, crossing the line in 2nd place. He took another 2nd place finish in race two, before tackling the very challenging final race. Troy was embroiled in numerous on track battles, which, unfortunately, didn’t all go his way. He finished 5th, but still claimed a podium in the overall standings.
Some of the best racing of the day came from Micro Max, where cornering two or even three abreast kept spectators on the edge of their seats.
Mohammed Moerat qualified on pole position and fought hard to take the race one victory. Race two produced spectacular racing, but sadly, it saw the end of Mohammed’s unchallenged winning streak. The Praga driver crossed the line in a close 3rd position. He ended the final race in 2nd, but still took the overall win for the day.
Erich Heystek ran with the front runners and was a challenger for the number one spot. He qualified 5th and had a good start to the first race. Although he crossed the finish line 4th, he later received a five place penalty for an on track incident. This dropped him to 9th. He took 7th in race two and was back up to 5th in the final heat. Erich ended the day 7th overall.
Kyle Beukes also had an action packed day, especially after having to work his way from 10th to 5th in the first race. He claimed 9th in race two and 11th in the final heat. This left him 9th in the overall standings.
Taya van der Laan looked a bit more conservative in her driving style this weekend. She didn’t have the best qualifying session, only setting the 6th fastest Mini Max time. She finished 5th in race one, 4th in race two and 6th in the final heat. Her results gave her a solid 4th place in the overall standings.
Godfrey Malumane had a good outing in Junior Max although he was plagued by some technical maladies. He qualified 9th, but missed the beginning of the first heat. An eighth place finish was the result. Godfrey finished 8th in race two, but had a great drive in the final heat, claiming 6th. He was classified 8th overall.
Dane van Heerde had a disaster of day. After qualifying 6th, he retired from the event ill. Racing whilst sick can take a major toll on the body and this was the best decision for Dane’s health and recovery.
Ian Allnut qualified 14th and held this position to the flag. He took 13th in race two, before cracking into the top 10 in the final race of the day. Finishing 10th overall will boost his confidence going into the next round.
It’s a ticket to the World Final to play for next time out. The Africa Open will take place at Vaal Kart Circuit on 6th and 7th July.
Published by: Motorsport Marketing Services
Picture Caption: Erich Heystek and Mohammed Moerat
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