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A Last heat DNF ruined what could have been a solid overall result for Mini ROK racer Manelisi Nkomo as the former Gauteng resident concluded his penultimate round of the MSA National ROK Cup Karting Championship in Cape Town at the weekend.

Nkomo, who entered the weekend hoping to improve on his 11th place standing in the championship, got his weekend off to a positive start after qualifying tenth out of 22 competitors. In the opening heat, he also moved up the timesheets running as high as sixth before the usual battle for the midfield ensued that saw him slowly drop down to finish just outside the top ten.

Several post-race penalties to competitors ahead, however, saw him benefit and be classified in eighth. Improving on that, the Walker Racing Academy driver finished sixth in Heat 2 after again gaining places due to nose-cone penalties to drivers ahead. However, in the final heat, he would be pushed wide and subsequently into the tyre wall to retire from the race. The combined results saw him classified in 11th overall.

The final round of the national championship is scheduled for the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on September 23.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Manelisi Nkomo

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