This weekend the Vereeniging Kart Circuit played host to the opening round of the ROK Cup South Africa National Championship. BirelART Racing was represented in all competing classes with both its BirelART and Ricciardo kart brands.
Keagan Beaumont (#77 BirelART) could not have asked for a better start to the event after taking the pole position. He managed to convert that pace into three podiums, including a race victory. Josh Moore, (#650 Ricciardo Kart) grabbed a couple of podiums himself with a second and a third place finish. Unfortunately both drivers fell foul of technical gremlins that robbed them from finishing much higher in the overall results. The results saw Beaumont finish on the podium in third with Moore taking the fifth position.
Hriday Pooren (#15 BirelART) made his Mini ROK debut at the event. The rookie immediately impressed with his pace and put himself in a position to challenge for the podium placings after qualifying in the fifth position. The opening race saw him achieve just that with a strong second-placed finish. Despite being competitive in the other heats also he was unfortunate to be at involved in on-track incidents that ruined any chance of a deserving overall podium finish. The overall result saw him finish in a very respectable fifth position.
The younger of two brothers, Dhivyan Naidoo (#98 BirelART) qualified within the top-10 (ninth) and improved on that position in the opening race with a sixth-place finish. He would nevertheless find himself finishing just outside the top-5 regularly over the weekend, no small feat by any imagination. Sunday morning’s opener, however, saw Dhivyan show great pace and take a well-deserved podium in third. After the overall results were calculated, Dhivyan was awarded the fourth position.
Bradley Liebenberg (#12 BirelART) again showed why he is currently regarded as one of the country’s top drivers. He achieved three victories and two further second-place finishes from his six heats and in the process grabbed an invitation to the ROK Superfinals in Italy next month. While mechanical issues hampered his practice on Friday, the multiple karting champion was able to steadily improve his setup and pace over the two race days. Brandon Smith (#29 Ricciardo Kart) also showed good pace throughout the weekend and was probably unlucky to not climb onto the podium more often with a host of fourth place finishes to go with his one victory. Shrien Naidoo (#11 BirelART), also a consistent performer throughout the weekend, finished just outside the top-5 during most of his races. Overall results saw Liebenberg take the number one spot, Smith take third with Shrien finishing in an impressive sixth position.
The next round of the National ROK Cup SA Championship will be held at the iDube Kart Circuit near Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu-Natal over 30-31 October 2020.
Published by: Raymond Corwell
Picture Caption: Hriday Pooren (#15 BirelART) impressed on debut showing strong pace throughout the weekend
MSA Publishes media releases from a host of different sources on our website as a service to the sport. It is not practically possible to vet/approve every release that is published. Some news items and articles are written by correspondents and do not necessarily represent MSA’s views