Santiago Frade recorded his maiden win in the Bambino class this weekend (June 26) at the iDube Raceway as Round 3 of the ROK Cup National Championship took place.
A brace of wins, including his first-ever victory in a Bambino kart, saw Johannesburg-resident Frade and his Motorsport Fanatix-liveried kart finish first in the overall standings. While qualifying in third, Frade soon upped the ante by racing to the front of the field in Heat 1, where he and fellow national championship contender, Michael Danks, duelled it out for the victory. Heat 2 was a similar affair with Frade showing exceptional race craft beyond his years, having to fend off Danks on every lap to take his second win of the day. Heat 3 saw Frade finish as runner up to Danks.
"It was such an exciting three races to watch," said Michael Frade, Santiago's father. "I've almost lost my voice with all the cheering I did. I am so proud of my son. He raced his heart out and was so disciplined in where he placed his kart to keep young Michael behind him. Hats off to Michael too, who raced hard and well done to him on that final heat victory. We have a short break now before we prepare for our next event and I know Santi cannot wait to get back out there."
With the announcement of Level 4 lockdown restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 infections across the country, MSA has revised its motorsport calendar and has postponed the fourth round of the ROK Cup National Championship that was due to take place on July 23-24. New dates will be communicated as soon as they are available.
Published by: Raymond Cornwell
Picture Caption: Santiago Frade
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