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Karting rookie Mikel Bezuidenhout will take up another challenge this weekend when he takes to the iDube Raceway to debut in the national Senior MAX class. The KZN Kart Club hosts the opening round of the MSA South African Rotax MAX Challenge on 3-4 March, with Bezuidenhout keen on a strong performance.

Bezuidenhout has only been karting for a few months and has already competed at the regional level in the Rotax and Vortex-powered Northern Regions competitions. While he still needs to break into the top five Senior MAX results, his coach Neil Basilio (NBR Karting), is confident that his driver has what it takes to be a podium contender.

“Mikel has been showing exceptional progress for someone who just started karting. In both competitions, he has had a good pace, but at this stage, I believe he is more comfortable with the Senior MAX. For the upcoming national, this bodes well, as I think he can challenge for a podium. He has raw talent, and I’m hoping to fine-tune that into good driving skills,” said Basilio.

While the one-kilometre circuit is known for its breathtaking scenery, it is one of the most challenging circuits on the national calendar. With spectacular elevation changes, tight hairpins, and fast-sweeping bends, the circuit boasts names such as ‘Pipeline’, ‘Hockey Stick’ and ‘Thunderdome’ and is home to the KZN Kart Club.

Friday will see several practice sessions followed by a warm-up, qualifying, and three race heats. Spectators are welcomed with entrance free.

Published by:  Motorsport Fanatix – Raymond Cornwell

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