Rain. Feel it, it is here.
Like in all forms of motorsport, things get more exciting when everything is wet. The most fun is on slicks when there’s a drying line but still more than enough water to put you in the grass if you get your line wrong.
It’s one thing staying on the right line in qualifying, but quite another in the race with a group of ferocious karters jostling for position.
As the WPMC faithful gear up for Round 6 of the Regional Karting Championship, we will be looking to the skies to see what Cape Town’s famous weather patterns decide to throw at us.
Bambino (5th – 9th birthday)
The entry list is looking lighter than usual, although we welcome Ruan Lewis to his first race. No pressure lad – it’s a wet one!
Aiden Beaumont and Kai van Rensburg (7Films) are tied at the top of the log with 440 points apiece. It’s been a stunning year of racing by both youngsters, displaying a level of skill and maturity beyond their years.
The battle for third is also exciting, with Sebastiano Human currently in P3 on 384 points. He only has a 7 point lead ahead of Siyabonga Ntuli, with Liam Wharton (Vishay Interiors) and Michael Danks leading the midfield fight. John Norman (Body Elite) is also on the entry list and will be keen to have another good race like he did at the National.
ROTAX Micro MAX (7th – 12th birthday)
Reese Koorzen (GMP Kosmic) suffered a heartbreakingly narrow defeat in the National Championship, taking a well-deserved P2 after an epic battle. In the Regional Championship, he has a strong lead over Joshua Smit (S&S Racing Kosmic) and should put the title away fairly soon.
Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport CRG) sits in P3, certainly within striking distance of Smit and well ahead of Dale Hobbs (BirelART) in P4.
The midfield fight is exciting, with Keagan Beaumont (Strive Praga) currently just 4 points ahead of Sabelo Ntuli (Gingerroot Kosmic). Eric Norman (Body Elite Praga) will be keen to throw a cat among the pigeons in that battle.
Mini ROK (8th – 13th birthday)
Ethan Lennon (FTW Tony Kart) is at the top of the table with 312 points. His dominance this year has been impressive to say the least. P2 in the standings is Rayan Karriem (RK Racing / Outsourcing Solutions Tony Kart) with 274 points, just 14 points more than William Marshall (Kosmic) who is fighting to stay on the podium. Jude Stuart (Tony Kart) will have plenty to say about that, sitting just 2 points behind Marshall.
On raw pace though, Ethan Deacon (Kosmic) has been extremely impressive. He sits way down the table as he only joined this class from Round 3, but you’ll find him fighting towards the front of the field.
Liam Crowe joins the pack again this weekend and will aim to make further gains with every heat.
Mini MAX (9th – 14th birthday)
The Championship standings will show you that Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) is well on his way to a Regional Championship this year, as he sits 38 points ahead of Ethan Deacon (Stier Racing CRG).
On track, however, it’s been the Joaquin de Oliveira (Parolin) show for the past couple of rounds. He only joined the class from Round 3 and has won every heat except for one. That’s 9 wins out of 10 heats! He won’t catch Levy and probably not Deacon either on points, but his trophy cabinet is getting very full.
Jude Stuart (Tony Kart) is having a stunning year, sitting in P3 in Mini MAX, 3 points ahead of Joshua Smit (S&S Racing Kosmic). Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport CRG) also missed the first couple of rounds in this class but has shown good pace.
Junior MAX (12th – 16th birthday)
Kyle Visser (Charl Engineering Tony Kart) sits top of the table on 437 points. That’s a handy 45 point lead ahead of Andre Le Riche and his brother Kyle Le Riche in P3.
Matthew Wadeley (EMR Kartsport CRG) is only 22 points off the podium, so there is still everything to play for in these final rounds where anything can happen.
Ethan Stier (OTK) missed the opening rounds of this Championship but has been a strong podium contender since then. Although he’s too far behind on points to trouble the Championship apple cart, he will be strongly in the mix on circuit.
Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) rounds out the entry list as he continues to experiment with this class.
Senior MAX (14th birthday +)
The name Charl Visser does not currently appear on the entry list, which would certainly be a surprise considering Visser is sitting P2 in the Championship behind Tate Bishop (ANGRi Jeep Kosmic) who is literally having a dream season.
Jason Coetzee (EMR Kartsport CRG) wouldn’t call this a dream season by his lofty standards, but he fights in every race and will do everything in his power to close the gap to Bishop. Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) has been a dependable performer and has given the frontrunners plenty of scares this year, especially with his signature starts.
We then have a few surprises on the entry list. Andre Le Riche (Kosmic) joins the Senior MAX crowd on the day, which hopefully won’t give him any fatigue issues that might impact his Junior MAX race. Luca Wehrli (Tony Kart) makes a welcome return to the sport and to the Mother City, having been away competing in Europe for the Winter.
Then we have a name that carries a significant amount of weight in karting circles: Kohan Bam (ANGRi). Bam has been an integral part of Bishop’s success in recent years and now joins him on track to take us to six entries in total. We cannot wait to see how that plays out!
DD2 (15th birthday +) and DD2 Masters (32nd birthday + / 85kgs driver)
Where we do find the name Charl Visser (Kosmic) is on the DD2 entry list. That will certainly spice things up at the front, where newly crowned SA Champion Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight BirelART) enjoys a significant lead over P2 man Jason Coetzee (CRG).
It’s a commendable effort to see two Masters in the fight for the overall DD2 podium, as Conor Hughes (Natasha Hughes Tony Kart) and Jason Greyling (Nigma Media CRG) continue their wonderful battle. In the Masters class, which they care the most about, Hughes leads the Championship by 8 points from Greyling.
Roy Gruer (Tony Kart) has had an unlucky year by his standards and finds himself some way back, P3 in Masters and P6 in DD2. Because of the way the classes are scored, Jared Jordan (Jordan Racing CRG) actually sits ahead of Gruer in DD2, but behind him in DD2 Masters.
Next up is Robert Peche (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) who showed strong pace at the National, now just ahead of Andrew Thomas (Carbs and Coffee Media / Blake Brothers CRG) on the log. Thomas had an abysmal National with terrible luck, as an accident in Race 1 wrote off his kart and ended his day.
Michael Jordan (Jordan Racing CRG) should have entertaining battles with several of the Masters during the day, although he only scores in the DD2 class. Andre Steenkamp (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) recently returned to the sport and is right on pace, adding to a thrilling mid-pack battle that should be particularly juicy in wet weather conditions.
We are thrilled to see the return of Steve Beaumont (CRG) to this excellent DD2 / DD2 Masters grid.
We are reaching the final stages of the Championship, with just one further race meeting currently in the calendars later in November.
Despite the mammoth challenges this year, the WPMC Karting Club has put on a great show and is home to National Champions once more.
As we go out to battle once more, we are grateful to the administrators, marshalls and officials who have made this season a reality under the most trying circumstances imaginable.
Photo credit: David Marchio (www.davidmarchio.co.za)
Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)