Christmas in July? Not quite. Lockdown made sure of that. This month feels like Christmas in October though, as we look ahead to two brilliant karting events at Killarney International Raceway.

The first is coming up this weekend. The karting fraternity gears up for round 4 in the Strangest Championship That Ever There Was. We still have to go through a painful documentation process even though bars are full and people are out having fun again, but rules are rules.

Luckily, it takes more than a few forms to scare off the Killarney faithful. After a thrilling race a few weeks ago, we are ready for more action on Saturday.

Bambino (5th – 9th birthday)

Well. Hello Aiden Beaumont.

The youngster set a cat among the Championship pigeons in the last race, showing Kai van Rensburg (7Films Top Kart) the way around Killarney. Van Rensburg has been so strong that he barely knows what the back of another kart looks like, but he sure learned all about that sight at the last race.

Because of the drops system, van Rensburg still has a 9 point lead in the Championship. It’s not quite the cakewalk it used to be, though. The top drivers will also need to contend with excellent out-of-towner Caleb Moss who travels down to get some practice ahead of the all-important National later this month.

John Norman (Body Elite Top Kart) sits P3 in the standings but missed the last race. It’s unclear whether he will see out the season. P4 is Sebastiano Human (Top Kart) ahead of Siyabonga Ntuli (Top Kart) in P5 who sits just 2 points ahead of Liam Wharton (Vishay Interiors Top Kart).

The impressive entry list is rounded out by Rebecca Wadeley (Top Kart), Zach McAuley, Riley Stier (Top Kart), Michael Danks (Top Kart) and Jack Moore (Top Kart).

We absolutely love watching the little ones do their thing on track – it never ceases to impress us how kids this young can race so competitively!

ROTAX Micro MAX (7th – 12th birthday)

Reese Koorzen (Zenkor Engineering Kosmic) dominated the last race meeting, taking a perfect haul of points and extending his Championship lead to 15 points. 

Joshua Smit (S&S Racing Kosmic) had a ding-dong battle of note against Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport CRG), Keagan Beaumont (Strive Praga) and Dale Hobbs (BirelART). It will be interesting to see whether a clear pecking order is established in this pack, with the eventual frontrunner able to chase Koorzen and fight for a win.

There are a number of travellers coming to do battle this weekend. We welcome the Ricciardo Kart duo of Joshua Moore and Jack Moore, as well as Caleb Odendaal in his Parolin and Kegan Martin (Bevan Williams FK). 

Sabelo Ntuli (Gingerroot Kosmic) and Kai van Rensburg (7Films CRG) will also be in action. Eric Norman (Body Elite Praga) is on the entry list and we hope to see him on the grid this time around.

Mini ROK (8th – 13th birthday)

Ethan Lennon (FTW Tony Kart) has an almost unassailable lead in the Championship and doesn’t seem to have much competition since Joaquin de Oliveira moved class. Nevertheless, he gives it his all every race day and is certainly setting the pace for the rest to aspire to.

Bambino graduate Rayan Karriem (RK Racing / Outsourcing Solutions Tony Kart) is closest to Lennon on track, although he is 22 points behind in the standings. Special mention must go to the ever-improving Jude Stuart (Tony Kart) who saw off Ethan Deacon (Kosmic) in the last race. 

The class will also see Liam Crowe and William Marshall (Kosmic) line up on Saturday.

Mini MAX (9th – 14th birthday)

Unfortunately, top racer Reza Levy’s (EMR Kartsport CRG) biggest rival in the Championship appears to have left karting. Thankfully, the addition of highly talented Joaquin de Oliveira (Parolin) to this class has resulted in terrific racing, as de Oliveira beat Levy 2 – 1 in the last race outing.

The likes of Joshua Smit (S&S Racing Kosmic), Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport CRG), Ethan Deacon (Stier Racing CRG) and Jude Stuart (Tony Kart) will put on a wonderful show in this exciting class.

Junior MAX (12th – 16th birthday)

Kyle Visser (Charl Engineering Tony Kart) is now top of the table and unfortunately we don’t see Championship rival Troy Dolinschek on the entry list for this weekend.

After a tough outing in the last race, Ethan Stier (OTK) will be out to make amends. He’s quick and Visser will need to have his wits about him to deal with Stier. Andre Le Riche (Seleka Racing Kosmic) has also been impressive and will look to mix it up with the frontrunners. His brother Kyle Le Riche (Seleka Racing Kosmic) won’t be far behind.

Matthew Wadeley (EMR Kartsport Zanardi) will hope to see off Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) once more as Levy gets to grips with this older class.

Senior MAX (14th birthday +)

In the last race, there were only four names on the entry list but the quality of racing was through the roof. Tate Bishop (ANGRi Jeep Kosmic) is on a winning streak of note, claiming the top step on the podium at opposite ends of the country.

The youngster will have another epic fight on his hands in the form of Jason Coetzee (EMR Kartsport CRG) and Charl Visser (Charl Engineering Tony Kart). Andrew Rackstraw (CRG) doesn’t get much practice in karts these days, but he comes off an F1600 win at Red Star last weekend in the premier open-wheel class in the country, so he’s always a contender.

This terrific foursome is joined by Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic), a strong driver in his own right and particularly well-known for his great starts.

This class is a thriller and we can’t wait to see how it plays out this weekend.

DD2 (15th birthday +) and DD2 Masters (32nd birthday + / 85kgs driver)

Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight BirelART) is still on cloud nine after an emphatic victory at Zwartkops in the DD2 National. He will have a ferocious battle on his hands this weekend in the fastest class in karting, taking on Jason Coetzee (Kosmic) and Jurie Umpie Swart (Kosmic) who returns to his old hunting ground to spice up the DD2 fight.

If you want to see an entirely new type of kart on the grid this weekend, make a turn past the Boyd pit (with your mask!)

Michael Jordan (Jordan Racing) CRG is the other DD2-only entry. He will mix it up with some of the Masters as the two classes share the grid. Conor Hughes (Natasha Hughes Tony Kart), Jason Greyling (Nigma Media CRG) and Andrew Thomas (Carbs and Coffee Media / Blake Brothers CRG) have entered both classes.

In the Masters class, Greyling is leading the championship by just one point from Hughes. It’s a terrific battle with Hughes carrying positive momentum from the last race. 

Roy Gruer (Tony Kart) is locked in a fight with Thomas for P3 although there are enough races left in the year that either of these drivers might move up the standings with consistently top results. Jared Jordan (Jordan Racing CRG) is just behind these two on points and is showing good pace.

Rob Peche (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) found himself slightly in no man’s land in the last race, behind the rest but ahead of Steve Beaumont. With a few issues on the kart sorted for this weekend, he will look to close the gap (as will Beaumont).

The exciting news is the return of Dale Palfrey (CRG) to karting after last racing in his teenage years. The Benoni Bullet (you’re never too old to be given a racing nickname) is in Cape Town for the weekend and has hooked up a drive for this race. It will be fascinating to see whether this sport really is like riding a bicycle…

Conclusion

We will once again race without spectators, but at least we will be racing. With the thought of delicious battles in every class firmly in our minds, we can’t wait for Saturday morning!

Photo credit: David Marchio (www.davidmarchio.co.za)

Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)