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The MSA ROK Cup National Karting Championship concluded at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit, with Mini ROK rookie Diego Antunes claiming a top-seven finish in the U/10 class at the weekend.

Competing against South Africa’s top karters aged 8-13 years, nine-year-old Antunes competes in the U/10 class, introducing the highly competitive Mini ROK class to younger competitors while still competing in the same race. Having competed in Bambinos less than a year ago, it has been a massive step up for the TrevPar World-backed Johannesburg driver. However, Antunes has shown determination since joining the class, and this weekend was no different.

While he finished eighth in the first two heats, he raced to an impressive fifth-place finish in Heat 3 while crossing the line in sixth during the final heat.

“It’s been a demanding season, having raced the Kid ROK initially before changing to Mini ROK. There is so little margin for error, and to find a few tenths is challenging. Like most things, the more you do it, the better you become, so I will need to do hundreds of laps in the off-season to get a better feel for the kart. The team has been great, with dad and Aubrey looking after my kart. Thank you also to Uncle Neil for the assistance as always,” said Antunes.

Antunes will return to Vereeniging for the final round of the regional competition on 11 November.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Diego Antunes

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