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KZN driver Troy Snyman overcame an opening heat retirement to claw his way back up the results sheet to finish 12th overall at Round 2 of the South African Rotax MAX Challenge (SARMC) National Championship on 29 April at Formula-K Kart Circuit in Benoni.

Snyman, who hails from Pietermaritzburg, held the early championship lead after a dominant opening-round performance at iDube Raceway, winning two heats from three. An unfortunate training accident left Snyman with a broken hand that forced him to miss out on some valuable practice time. Since then, Gauteng and Western Cape competitors have scored additional points while Snyman must still compete in his home regional race later this month and record the points allocated to the event.

He ended Friday’s practice session with the fifth-best time and headed into his Qualifying Session full of confidence. Snyman recorded the fifth-quickest time for a third-row start on Saturday. Making a solid start to Heat 1, Snyman attempted a pass for the second position up the inside of Charl Visser at Turn 2. The two subsequently made contact, with Snyman suffering damage to this kart and later retiring from the race on Lap 3.

As a result of his DNF, Snyman would start from the back of the grid in 22nd. Eager to compensate for the opening heat disappointment, Snyman carved his way through the field to finish in an impressive 11th position, putting on a skilled driving performance. In the final heat, he would again make up 11 positions finishing on the podium in third after starting in 13th.

Snyman returns for Round 3 of the KZN Kart Regional Championship at iDube Raceway on 21 May, while the third SARMC national round of 2023 is scheduled for Killarney International Raceway on 30 June to 1 July.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix – Raymond Cornwell

Picture Caption: Troy Snyman

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