The Birelart South Africa team have emerged victorious from the fourth round of the Northern Regions Rotax Max Championship, which was held at the Vaal Kart Circuit on Saturday 8 June.
There was some concern after Tshepang Shisinwana only qualified on the second row of the grid. The worry was for naught though as Tshepang quickly launched himself into the race one lead and took the win. He finished 3rd in the second race, amidst some strong competition. Tshepang was back in front in the final heat as he claimed the win and 1st place overall for the day.
Mattao Mason improved in leaps and bounds in terms of pace and came home with some solid results. He qualified 4th and ended the first heat in 5th place. Mattao took 6th in race two, but saved the best for last, bringing his kart home in 4th in the final heat. He ended the day 5th overall.
Dhivyen Naidoo had a roller coaster of a day, but his pace and talent shone through. He started 2nd on the grid and found himself in a massive four kart tussle for the lead. On the final lap, however, Dhivyen got bumped into a spin which saw him drop right down to 10th place. He recovered well in heat two, finishing 2nd. The cherry on the top was a fantastic race win in the final heat. Dhivyen finished 3rd in the overall standings.
The competition were left seeing red as the Birelart team of Matthew Morrell and Jordan Brooks conquered the Mini Max class.
Matthew qualified 2nd and drove flawlessly to claim the race win. He won the second race and finished 2nd in the final heat. Matthew’s hard fought results saw him top the podium in the overall results and has given him a huge boost in the championship.
Jordan was a last minute entry, but immediately put his experience to good use, claiming pole position. He had a good first race, finishing marginally behind his teammate to take 2nd. Jordan took a few bumps in race two, but still finished 2nd. He made it three podiums by ending the final heat in 3rd. Jordan took silver in the overall positions for the day.
The Junior Max field proved slightly more challenging for Jordan, who qualified 5th and finished 4th in heat one. He was up as high as 2nd place in race two, racing in a fast paced four kart train, but eventually finished 3rd. Jordan finished 3rd in the final heat and in the overall standings.
It was a day of all or nothing for Shrien Naidoo, who looked set for a good set of results after qualifying on pole position. Unfortunately, the engine on Shrien’s Senior Max kart seized just minutes before the start of the first race and he was unable to compete. After a hurried engine change, Shrien suffered further technical gremlins and missed race two. He had a huge final heat. Starting at the back of the field, Shrien worked his way to the front, crossing the finish line in the number one spot. All this, only to be issued with a nose cone penalty which dropped him down to 4th.
Bradley Liebenberg qualified 3rd and finished the first race in 2nd place. He took 4th in race two, however, it became evident that his kart was misbehaving. The team tried to find and repair the problem, but the kart was worse in the final heat. Although Bradley led the race briefly, he was forced to nurse the kart home, ending the race in 13th place. He finished 4th overall for the day.
Published by: Motorsport Marketing Services
Picture Caption: Jordan Brooks and Matthew Morrell
Photography by: Birelart South Africa
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