MSA’s Northern Regions ROK Karting Championships returned to Formula-K Kart Circuit this weekend for Round 2 of its regional competition. Joining the field of competitors was the one-manufacturer Tillotson T4 Series, a four-stroke powered kart championship.
Gauteng-based driver and Victron Energy ambassador Chloe Stuart performed admirably despite crashing out of the opening race to finish sixth overall and continue her rise in the sport.
While Friday’s unofficial practice yielded some excellent lap times, Saturday morning saw Stuart claim fifth in the T4 Junior qualifying session. From there, she would be an innocent casualty of an opening lap incident that saw her retire from the opening heat. After several repairs to the kart and a brief trip to the medical tent for some medical attention (shoulder strapping), Stuart was declared fit and ready to resume.
Starting from the rear of the grid for Heat 2, Stuart persevered, nursing her tender shoulder, courtesy of her Heat 1 incident to narrowly miss out on the runner-up position by mere centimetres. While she took to the grid for Heat 3, the shoulder injury became more of a hindrance as the laps counted down. Despite this, she managed to finish the race in a respectable fifth to claim the sixth overall finish on the day.
Stuart extends her thanks to Victron Energy Southern Africa as well as her team. Stuart returns to the circuit on 13 May for another round of the T4 Tillotson Series.
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix – Raymond Cornwell
Picture Caption: Chloe Stuart
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