The final round of the 2021 South African National Karting Championship took place at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit this past weekend (11 September) and the racing action definitely lived up to the hype.
The Bambino competitors put on a brilliant display of side by side racing action. The first race saw Michael Danks take a narrow victory (0.010 of a second) from Brodi Cooper Dowling. Behind them it was a race to line between Arabelle Krause and Kayde Cornofsky. Fifth place went to Rafael de Sousa, ahead of Santiago Frade, Dylan Bezuidenhout, Diego Antunes and Zac Boshoff.
After his race one difficulties, Santiago was back on top in race two, taking a convincing victory. Things were far closer behind him. By lap 5 there was a 5 kart train battling it out for the number two spot, which eventually went to Brodi. Michael finished 3rd, ahead of Kayde, Arabelle and Rafael.
Michael again ran away with the win in heat three. This time around, it was Arabelle in second, with Kayde taking third by just 0.032 of a second from Santiago. Brodi retired from the race.
As has become the norm, the Kid Rok class provided nail-biting racing.
Jack Moore took an early race one lead, but it wasn’t long before Rafael da Silva was hot on his wheels and eventually took the lead. By lap six, Ewan Venter, Jack Moore and Maddox Mason were all in the podium hunt. After some hard driving, Jack passed Ewan on the last lap to claim second place. Maddox finished fourth, ahead of Troy van der Laan, Logan Billau, Johan Nolte and Neill Oliver.
The top four competitors all crossed the finish line within 0.7 seconds of each other in race two. This time around, it was Jack who took the flag, less than a tenth ahead of Rafael to claim the win. Ewan took the final podium spot. Aaron Mason put in a fantastic drive to finish ahead of Maddox and Logan.
The final race of the day saw Ewan take the early lead from Rafael and Caleb Moss. The trio were joined by Jack and Maddox and by lap seven, it was still anyone’s game. Ewan run wide on the last lap, handing the win to Rafael. Jack finished second, with Ewan slotting into third place. Maddox ended the race fourth, with Caleb fifth and Troy sixth.
It was three out of three wins for Ethan Lennon, but the young Mini Rok driver had to work hard for the accolade.
Luviwe Sambudla gave his all in race one, but just wasn’t able to get ahead of Ethan and settled for the number two spot. A hard charging Wian Boshoff took third, finishing ahead of Caleb Cotterell, Ntiyiso Mabunda and Luke Hill.
Christopher Tait found himself out front in race two, but it wasn’t long before he was chased down by Ethan. Luke had a strong race getting himself up to second place, but Ntiyiso kept the pressure on and piped Luke to the line to claim second. Wian took the flag fourth, ahead of Ashton Repsold and Caleb Odendaal.
Ethan took an unchallenged race three victory, with Wian second and Christopher third. Ashton ended the final heat in fourth place, having been able to keep Caleb Odendaal at bay. Mahlori Mabunda finished sixth.
KC Ensor-Smith walked away from the weekend with a hat trick of victories in OKJ. One of South Africa’s 2021 FIA Academy Trophy representatives, Nikolas Roos, took second in all three heats, but behind him, things were less clear cut.
Lwandle Pule took third in the first heat from Dhivyen Naidoo and SA’s second 2021 FIA Academy Trophy representative, Tyler Robinson.
Race two saw Dhivyen on the final step of the podium with Jayden Goosen fourth and Tyler fifth.
Tyler took the number three spot in race three, with Dhivyen fourth and Lwandle fifth.
Close racing was the order of the day in KZ2, with three different race winners.
Fabienne Lanz took a solid victory in heat one, finishing ahead of Keagan Masters and Roman de Beer. Dino Stermin and Carlo Olivier were both in the thick of the action early on, but Dino retired on lap five and Carlo wasn’t classified.
Keagan had a great run out front in race two, taking victory from Dino. This time around, it was Joshua Coertze who rounded out the podium. Behind him, was the familiar rivalry between Roman and Fabienne.
The final race of the day saw Dino on the top step of the podium. Fabienne finished second after losing the lead on the last lap. Although Joshua took the flag second, he was relegated to third following a nose cone infringement. Roman de Beer, Jason Coetzee and Scott Falconer rounded out the top six.
KZ and KZ Masters:
Dias Racing dominated the KZ class, with Dominic Dias, Calvin Dias and Connor Rogers each taking a race win and locking out the race two and three podiums. Craig Koekemoer managed to take third in heat one.
Paulo Dias took two of the three Masters victories (race 1 and 3), with Wayne Masters taking the win in race 2.
It was an exciting and exceptionally well run day of racing. Congratulations to all of the competitors, officials and organisers.
Published by: Karting South Africa
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