Senior MAX championship leader KC Ensor-Smith will look to consolidate his lead at the top of the national standings with another prevalent display in class this weekend.
Ensor-Smith heads to the Killarney Kart Circuit on the back of a hat trick of wins at the previous round of the championship that has seen him open up a 26,5 point margin over fellow Toyota Gazoo Racing Junior Academy driver Oleratu Sekudu.
In 2022 Ensor-Smith dominated the national Junior MAX round in Cape Town on his way to winning his second national karting title. This weekend, however, everyone is expected to try and disrupt the Witbank teenager’s smooth driving style. However, a large haul of points will see the Investchem Formula 1600 driver a step closer to his third title in three years.
“I’m expecting a tough battle this weekend with many drivers looking to make my job difficult. While a few drivers have local knowledge on the grid this weekend, I don’t see it as an advantage. In fact, the opposite is true. There is more pressure on them to perform than there is on me. I thoroughly enjoy the circuit and have had good results against numerous local drivers. My focus remains on setting up the kart throughout practice and aiming for the pole position in qualifying. From there, we’ll take it race by race, and hopefully, we can come out on top,” said Ensor-Smith.
Practice is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, with a late Friday afternoon qualifying session commencing ahead of Saturday’s three race heats. A live stream will be available on Saturday on the Rotax South Africa YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/@sarotaxmaxchallenge3045).
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix
Picture Caption: KC Ensor-Smith
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