COMARADERIE AND COMPETITIVE SPIRIT
May 12, 2022  
The third round of the 2022 MSA Northern Regions Karting Championship took place at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on Saturday 7 May and whilst the racing was competitive, it was the off track spirit that became the story of the day.

 

Karting is highly competitive, with parents and teams putting in a huge amount of time, energy and money into the sport. A few years ago, there was an element of tension amongst all involved, but there has been a huge paradigm shift in this regard. For the first season in many years, parents and teams could been seen supporting one another. Everyone cheered for all competitors, regardless of which team they belonged to and pit lane was abuzz with such a positive atmosphere that the event was particularly enjoyable.

Added to the on track action, was a fun ladies race to showcase two very important aspects of motorsport and karting in particular. Firstly the race emphasised the importance of women in motorsport and the vital role they play both on track and off. This was a tribute to all the female drivers, moms, sisters, wives and girlfriends who give their support and passion to the sport. Secondly the race highlighted the role karting plays in the lives of those with disabilities.

Taylor Hill, a young motorsport enthusiast and sister of one of our Mini Rok competitors, won the ladies race and also served as the pace kart for the Bambino races. She lives with a condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). This is a genetic mutation that damages the peripheral nerves or the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord and is thought to affect more than three million people worldwide. It is a neuromuscular condition where the nerves fail, causing muscles to malfunction and weaken. Taylor uses karting as a means to feel the freedom and mobility that is otherwise limited by her condition.

On track, the racing was action packed with our junior classes being particularly well supported. The top positions were as follows:

Bambino:

Adriaan Steyn took top honours in Bambino after taking two of the three race wins. Bophelo Molatlhegi also took a race win to earn the “silver” spot. Ronaldo Keon’s consistency and two race podiums placed him third in the overall results. Jension Dias, Luhad de Wet, Diego Antunes, Benjamin Gibhard, Omolemo Mfana, Zac Boshoff, Alanza Dias and Jordan Jurgens all put in sterling drives.

Kid Rok:

Maddox Mason was unstoppable in Kid Rok, taking a full complement of race wins. Things were very close behind him, but it was Oliver Neill who took the runner up spot from Max Boshoff, Brodi Dowling and Logan Billau, who set a new lap record. Santiago Frade rounded out the top six.

Mini Rok:

Not to be outdone by his little brother, Mattao Mason took top honours in Mini Rok, where there were three different race winners on the day. Williams Marshall finished second, with Enzo Rujugiro third. Each of the top three drivers took race wins. Luke Hill was back on form, finishing fourth, ahead of James Nash and Tshepang Shisinwana, who made up the top six.

Mini Max:

Aadam Kajee finished first overall in Mini Max, with Kent Swartz second and Gianna Pascoal third.

OKJ / Senior Max:

KC Ensor-Smith took a hat-tricks of wins in OKJ, taking the number one spot away from Taya van der Laan and Mahlori Mabunda. Moosa Kajee won the Senior Max division.

Michael Pringle finished first overall in KZ2, with Dyllen Smith and Waldo Seeger second and third respectively. Race one winner, Carlo Olivier finished fourth.

Teams will now prepare for the second round of the 2022 MSA South African National Karting Championship, which will take place at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on 21 May.


Published by:  MSA Karting

Picture Caption:  Mini Rok action


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