It was a very successful opening national round for Bambino ace Luhan De Wet, who walked away as the overall winner and recipient of the Motorsport Fanatix™ Driver of the Day award at iDube Raceway.
Round 1 of the MSA South African Rotax MAX Challenge Championship occurred on 3-4 March, where De Wet was a favourite for victory. Reinforcing that belief, the six-year-old put his De Wet Auto-backed kart in pole position on Saturday morning following several successful practice sessions on Friday. De Wet was never under any pressure from the competition, lapping the one-kilometre circuit quicker than the rest. Even when he was passed at the start of the final heat, he quickly retook the position to finish first. As a result, he could open a comfortable lead in every race, including recording the fastest lap of the day.
“We are very happy with today’s result,” said Luhan de Wet. “We came here full of confidence that we could pull off the win and did just that. My team was phenomenal, and I must say thank you to them. To leave here as the winner and championship leader is a good feeling. Our best wishes go out to Matthew Chiwara, too, after his accident today. I hope he gets well soon.”
De Wet thanks De Wet Automotive Performance Service and Repairs Centre, Duratec Batteries Centurion and Alunite Pretoria for the support. The next championship round commences on 28-29 April at the Benoni-based Formula-K Kart Circuit. De Wet will, however, first compete at Round 2 of the MSA Northern Regions Regional Rotax Karting Championship on 11 March at the same circuit.
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix – Raymond Cornwell
Picture Caption: Luhan De Wet
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