In this past weekend's (May 20-21) second round of the MSA National Karting Championship, William Marshall's highlight came via a Heat 1 podium. However, a host of incidents marred the remainder of his championship round at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit.
Competing in the ultra-competitive Mini ROK class, Marshall looked confident throughout Friday's practice sessions. The predicted rain held off throughout most of the day, with the most prominent and competitive karting class in South Africa scheduled to qualify at the day's end. Despite concerns and an early drizzle, the session was held in predominantly dry conditions, with Marshall setting the sixth-fastest time.
The weather also favoured the Mini ROK class on Saturday, with all three races held in the dry despite the visible threat of rain. Marshall rapidly made up positions in the opening laps to take the race's lead before dropping back to third, where he would eventually finish in a closely-contested opening heat.
Despite starting the second heat from the front row, the ANGRi Racing Kart Academy driver's fortunes would change with a disappointing 19th place finish following an unexpected trip to the grass. The final heat would not go any better. After starting from the eighth row of the grid, Marshall made his way up to 13th before an incident involving several karts would see the Exprit (OTK) driver stranded on the side of the circuit for two laps before marshals were able to return the karts safely onto the circuit. Marshal would be classified in 18th in the final heat and 14th overall.
"We had the pace to compete at the front this weekend, so it's quite frustrating to have finished where we did," said Marshall. "In Heat 1, I was involved in a good podium battle, but lost significant ground in Heat 2 before I fell off the pace and the track. Despite making up a few places early on in the final heat, an incident brought an abrupt end to our charge. From there, it was really just about damage limitation and taking forward as many points as we can into the second half of this year's championship. The team did a superb job throughout the weekend, and I would like to thank them for all their efforts. I will definitely bounce back."
Marshal will head home for some regional karting before making his way to the iDube Raceway for the penultimate round of the championships on July 8-9.
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix
Picture Caption: William Marshall
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