Several drivers across Africa will descend on Benoni’s Formula-K Kart Circuit for the inaugural African Karting Cup in a few weeks. The event will see OK-N competitors vying for a seat at the 2024 FIA OK-N Karting World Cup or comparable competition as decided by the promoter, ROK Cup South Africa.
According to a 2023 report, drivers competing at this year’s maiden event will include competitors from Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, adding an authentic African feel to the competition.
South Africa will be represented in the OK-N class by Muhammad Wally and Niko Zafiris, who finished first and second in the 2023 qualifying race. Both drivers will be looking to finish on the podium, with the top three OK-N finishers heading to Europe for the global karting extravaganza. There will also be a competition for OK-J drivers, with the winner receiving automatic qualification into the 2025 African Karting Cup. The brothers Mahlori and Ntiyiso Mabunda will fly the South African flag in the OK-J competition.
The African Karting Cup is a three-day event with orientation, practice, qualifying heats, and a final. The competition uses an arrive-and-drive format, where all 20 competitors will use the same OTK brand chassis and pool engines that will be chosen randomly. To keep the racing fair, competitors will compete on a new layout of the Formula-K Kart Circuit, Benoni, negating any advantage for those having driven the circuit previously.
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