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TrevPar World’s Diego Antunes will make his national Mini ROK debut this weekend at the Cape round of the MSA National ROK Karting Championship. The young Johannesburg driver, who recently switched from the more junior Kid ROK class, takes to the Killarney circuit, where he will also be eligible for Mini ROK under-ten honours.

Having only competed in one Mini ROK event before this weekend, the regional competition held in Gauteng, Antunes is yet to open up his national account. While a newcomer to the class, he has raced several times at the circuit while competing in Bambinos.

“It will be quite intimidating in the beginning,” stated Rui Antunes, Diego’s father. “While we’ve been to Killarney in the past, it was in a much slower Bambino kart, so the higher cornering speeds and extra power will take some getting used to. With the prospect of inclement weather, it will make the task just that much more challenging for Diego initially. But we realise this is a learning phase as we only just stopped racing the Kid ROK, so we will be cautious until he feels more comfortable. Then it will be flatout as usual, I’m sure.”

Saturday’s Qualifying is scheduled for 10:26, with three 12-lap heats set for 11:56, 13:41 and 14:51, respectively.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Diego Antunes

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