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On 10 June, Luhan De Wet competed in Round 4 of the MSA Northern Regions Rotax Karting Championship at Zwartkops Kart Raceway in Pretoria, where he claimed the pole position and the opening heat win in three highly competitive Bambino heats.

Qualifying first on Saturday morning, the Louis Leipoldt Primary School student put in a dominant opening performance to win Heat 1 comfortably over on-track rival Adriaan Steyn. Steyn and De Wet again battled it out for the wins in the remaining two heats, with Steyn winning both in a hard-fought and emotionally charged race. De Wet, however, showed immense courage to recover from third in Heat 2 to finish as the runner-up while putting in another brave performance in the final heat to finish second.

“We started the day with a good setup and pace,” said De Wet. “The kart was near perfect in the opening heat, and I was able to win comfortably. In the second heat, the kart felt somewhat different. I didn’t feel the same levels of grip as in Heat 1, and Adriaan (Steyn) caught me. Suddenly I was third and fighting to get back to the front. While I managed to finish second it was rather disappointing. Heat 3 was somewhat similar. My pace just dropped off. But I won’t let this get me down. We still have six heats left in this season and I’m determined to win all of them.”

De Wet will head to the Killarney International Raceway next where he will compete in Round 3 of the South African Rotax MAX Challenge Karting Championship on 30 June to 1 July.

De Wet is supported by De Wet Automotive Performance Service & Repairs, Duratec Batteries Centurion, Alunite Pretoria and NBR Racing.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

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