It was a stressful weekend for Luke Hill and his RS Kart team at the third round of the 2021 South African Rok Cup, which took place at Idube. (26 June 2021)
Luke was excited heading into the event and felt confident that he would have the pace to challenge for podium honours. Motorsport can, however, not be scripted and it just was not meant to be.
Mini Rok is an exceptionally competitive class and being eight tenths off the pace meant that Luke found himself qualifying down in 13th place. Although Luke was disappointed by this result, he put his head down and got to work. Luke made up three positions to finish the heat in 10th place.
Luke was fortunate to escape a massive race two accident unscathed and found himself embroiled in a thrilling four kart battle for eighth. Unfortunately, Luke lost ground on the final lap, losing five places and dropping down to 13th.
The young RS Kart driver ended the final heat in 10th place and secured 11th in the overall standings for the day.
The event also served as the third round of the 2021 Northern Regions Championship and Luke finished eighth in these results.
Anyone involved in motorsport will know the frustration of not being able to find the reason for a vehicle or kart not being on pace during the high pressure circumstances of race weekend. It is an unescapable part of the sport. The team worked tirelessly, but it was Luke who showed true character by not giving up and giving his all to make the most out of a difficult situation.
The next round of the championship has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Gauteng.
Published by: Motorsport Marketing Services
Photography by: Raymond Cornwell
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