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2023 National Cadet Champion Luhan de Wet returns to the Vortex-powered karting championship this weekend for Round 1 of the Northern Regions ROK Kart Championships in Vereeniging.

Having competed in a single Kid ROK event at the end of the 2023 season, he secured third overall on the day. This weekend, however, the Centurion-based driver will debut in the super-competitive Mini ROK class. Following the postponement of the opening round earlier this season, which was initially earmarked for the Formula-K Raceway, Benoni. Luhan makes his first Vereeniging appearance of 2024.

The regional championship will be contested over six rounds, with drivers competing at circuits that include the Formula-K Raceway in Benoni, the Vereeniging Kart Circuit in Vereeniging, and, still to be finalised, a circuit at Red Star Raceway just outside Delmas in the Mpumalanga Province. Championship winners will be crowned at the season’s end and eligible for regional colours.

The Vereeniging Kart Circuit is one of the oldest and is utilised as a short motorcycle circuit. It is situated in Vereeniging, just off the R59, and offers spectators a complete view of the circuit from almost anywhere. It hosts club, regional, and national events. Rental karts are also available for corporate/private functions.

It all starts on Friday with practice before a full day of racing on Saturday, where drivers will qualify ahead of three race heats to determine the overall winner.

“I look forward to the challenge of racing in Mini ROK this weekend. It is known as one of the hardest-fought and closely contested classes in South Africa and the perfect place to cut one’s teeth. While we don’t have huge expectations on debut, we will undoubtedly gain valuable experience, and I’m certainly up for the challenge,” stated Luhan.

De Wet thanks De Wet Auto Service & Repair, Alunite Pretoria, Motorsport Fanatix and his team at WORR Motorsport.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Luhan De Wet competed in the final Kid ROK event of 2023

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