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Noah Cronje’s star continues to rise. The former double Bambino champion and 2023 Kid ROK rookie recorded a pair of fourth-place results before a final heat incident saw him retire from the race.

Cronje qualified fifth, with the top five separated by three-tenths of a second. From the third row of the grid, the Easy Life Kitchens-backed driver made a solid start and soon moved up to fourth. Not quite able to run at the same pace as the trio ahead, Cronje took the chequered flag in fourth.

Heat 2 would see the Sparco ambassador repeat his opening lap performance to finish just off the podium but crucially closer to the pace of the front runners. The final heat would see Cronje’s best start of the day, where he slotted into second ahead of Turn 2. Dropping off the pace, the Pretoria resident was caught and passed by two competitors. As the laps decreased, Cronje’s pace increased, and he was soon reeling in the driver ahead. After catching up, the two drivers tangled on the final lap while Cronje attempted a pass. While both retired from the race, they were classified as finishers for covering the minimum race distance. Cronje finished seventh.

“Thank you 24 fans for your support again today. I appreciate all the messages of encouragement on social media and in private. The team did a stellar job and we’re edging closer to the pace at the front. It’s only a matter of time before we are regular contenders for victory.”

Cronje thanks Easy-Life Kitchens, Sparco and Motul for their continued support. While Round 6 of the regional championship concludes on 11 November, Cronje will prepare for the final national round held at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on 22-23 September 2023.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Noah Cronje

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