Sparco ambassador and Kid ROK rookie Noah Cronje recorded an overall runner-up finish at Zwartkops Kart Raceway this past weekend, following a double-podium at the penultimate round of the MSA Northern Regions ROK Kart Championship.
The double national karting champion put in several impressive performances on Saturday, 8 July, including a solid qualifying session that would see the Pretoria driver start from the second row of the grid. Heading into the weekend seven points adrift of third position, Cronje set his sights on a big haul of points, hoping he could elevate himself up the championship order.
The opening heat would see the two seasoned campaigners, Logan Billau and Kayde Cornofsky, battle it out for the win while Cronje headed up the battle for the final podium position. With Motul South Africa joining the Cronje camp for the remainder of the season, Cronje would beat Riley Van Staden to third in the opening heat while doing the same to Alanzo Dias in the second. While finishing third again in the final heat, Cronje would receive a Nose-Cone Infringement Penalty and drop to fourth.
“A pretty decent day out,” said Cronje. “At the start of the season, I was way off the pace, and a few rounds later, I’m well within a second of the front runners. The team, specifically my dad, has been hard at work behind the scenes trying to get kart competitive so I can have a fair chance at competing with the rest of the guys. We are still a little off in this regard but we will keep working at it. Thank you Sparco and Motul for the support as well as Easy Life Kitchens.”
Cronje will return for Round 3 of the national championship scheduled for 4-5 August at Killarney International Raceway in the Western Cape.
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix
Picture Caption: Noah Cronje
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