The curtain finally came down on the 2021 ROK Cup's Northern Regions Championship on November 20, with Parolin Racing South Africa's Sebastian Dias making the best of his opportunities at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit.
Dias, a Mini ROK rookie who has been karting for just over a year, was one of the drivers to beat on Saturday after he set the pace throughout Friday's unofficial practice. Saturday's qualifying would see the Johannesburg-driver start from second on the grid, with fellow Parolin driver Christopher Tait starting seventh.
Dias would be engaged in a tussle for the lead throughout the opening heat but could not stay ahead of the pole-sitter and finished second. Tait crossed the line in seventh. Heat 2 was a repeat of the opening heat, with Dias again battling for the lead but coming up short to finish as runner up again. Tait improved to finish in fifth.
While anticipating starting the next heat from second for a third consecutive race, Dias suffered an electrical issue in the pre-race paddock. After several agonising seconds, the Vortex motor fired up, leaving Dias unable to take up his grid slot and forced to start from the back of the grid. Determined to make up for the loss, Dias made several passes over the ten lap race to finish ahead of Tait in fifth and record the quickest lap of the heat.
Starting from pole for the final heat, Dias formed part of a two-kart train that opened up a significant margin over the rest of the field. Left to dual it out for the win again, Dias defended for all he was worth but was passed in the last corner on the final lap. Dias was again able to record the fastest lap of the race. Tait finished his ROK Cup season with an eighth-place finish. After the final results were tallied, Dias was awarded the second overall finish and Tait the sixth.
Published by: Raymond Cornwell
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