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TrevPar World-backed Mini ROK driver Diego Antunes walked away with an overall podium result (third) at the Northern Regions ROK Karting Championship opening round at a wet Vereeniging this weekend. Not only did the Johannesburg-based driver overcome the elements, but he also beat out the majority of drivers that made up a big 22-kart grid.

Qualifying in sixth on Saturday morning, the former regional Bambino champion headed to his best-ever result (second) since starting out in the Mini ROK class in mid-2023. Following his podium result, Diego put in another strong performance in Heat 2 to finish just off the podium in fourth. In a somewhat more challenging final heat, Diego finished sixth to cap off a strong round and claim third overall.

“I’m very pleased with my results today. I woke up this morning thinking I could win, and while I missed the top step of the podium, it still felt like a victory. This class is tough, and to race with these guys in the wet and finish on the podium is very rewarding. We also did well in the other heats, so we are very happy. I must also thank my team at NBR Racing and to everyone for their support,” said Diego.

Diego will return to the circuit on 17-18 May for Round 2 of the National ROK Cup Karting Championship at Vereeniging.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Diego Antunes

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