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Luhan De Wet, a Louis Leipoldt Primary School student in Centurion, Gauteng, recently participated in the two-event South African Rotax MAX Challenge (SARMC) in Cape Town. Despite a lack of top results, De Wet performed admirably, demonstrating skill and perseverance throughout the event. The WPMC and Killarney hosted the opening national round alongside the wildcard African Open, which sees drivers qualify for the RMC Grand Finals in Italy.

Throughout the weekend, Luhan a rookie in this season’s Micro MAX class, had his work cut out, racing against the more favoured local drivers who regularly compete at Cape Town’s only karting circuit. Despite the stiff competition, Luhan showcased his talent, earning respect amongst his peers and proving himself a formidable championship contender.

Luhan kicked off the weekend by qualifying in ninth position on Friday, setting the stage for an exciting opening heat. Despite a five-second penalty for a nose-cone infringement, Luhan showed the resilience he has become known for, finishing seventh after the penalty was applied.

Saturday’s second heat proved challenging. The WORR Motorsport driver encountered misfortune on the opening lap after being spun around and dropping to the back of the pack, finishing last. Luhan, however, saved his best performance for the final national heat of the double-header event. With a stellar display of racing prowess, he secured an impressive fourth-place finish, boosting his confidence ahead of the African Open Final.

As is the case every year with the winner-takes-all heat, the intensity heightened for the African Open. Having earned the eighth starting position, Luhan’s kart initially failed to start as it sat on the grid. As the field took off on their warm-up lap, an unsettled Luhan got the kart going but had to start from the back of the field. However, Luhan battled fiercely and secured a commendable seventh-place finish, making up nine positions.

With the next round of the SARMC National Championship scheduled for 3-4 May at the iDube Raceway near Pietermaritzburg, Luhan is undoubtedly poised to continue his pursuit of excellence on the track. As he refines his skills and strategies for the rest of the season, De Wet remains a name to watch in the Micro MAX class.

De Wet Automotive Performance Service and Repairs and Motorsport Fanatix back Luhan.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Luhan De Wet

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