The iDube Raceway in KwaZulu-Natal hosted the third round of the ROK Cup National Championship on June 25-26 where CRG driver, Wian Boshoff finished sixth overall.
Heading into the weekend Boshoff was confident of a strong performance and showed strong pace throughout Friday despite being a few tenths off the leading Mini ROK competitors. After fine-tuning the setup of his kart, Boshoff qualified in third for the opening heat.
Heat 1 saw Boshoff make a good start with the Centurion youngster in second as he crossed the line after Lap 1. Some hard racing and aggressive maneuvering would, however, see him drop back to seventh before fighting his way back up the order to fourth. On the final lap he would be passed to finish in fifth.
The second heat was a disastrous one after Boshoff claimed a pole position start only for him to retire from the race on Lap 2 due an electrical issue. Heat 3, however, would see the Wesleigh Orr-managed driver put in his best drive of the day. Starting back in 13th on the grid, Boshoff made up six places on the opening three laps to run in seventh. With some clear track ahead he put his head down and reeled in the driver ahead to move into sixth. Over the next three laps he managed to catch and pass another competitor to take the chequered flag in fifth and be awarded the sixth overall position for the weekend.
“It’s a disappointing weekend for us,” said Wesleigh Orr. “To start a race from pole, shows that we have the pace in the kart so it’s up to the driver to achieve the result. Wian is learning the hard way unfortunately in a class that is the most competitive in the country. He’ll hopefully learn from this which will make him a better driver going forward. We’ll keep pushing him and refining his skills so that he can be a world champion one day.”
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 2021 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: Wian Boshoff
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