It’s getting to that time of the year.
Darker, colder morning’s and a crispness in the air that means one thing.
Horsepower. And we all like some of that.
There is some rain about, but that looks set to clear before Saturday’s WPMC Regional Round 3.
A number of the Western Cape’s top karters have been representing the region in the two National Championships since we last raced on 13 March. They will all be eager to bring that form and experience back to their regional campaigns.
Adding to the weekend flavour, the Cape’s Rotax drivers will be scoring towards their 2nd batch of SARMC points while the ROK Cup drivers will be getting in some last minute race prep before they tackle the Benoni National next weekend.
With a number of tight championship tussles already underway locally, Saturday looks set to deliver yet another headliner weekend.
Bambino (5th – 9th birthday)
The littlest lads and lasses on the loud pedal.
Family teams that go racing with one goal in mind. Having enormous amounts of fun both on and off the track.
Chances are they also pitch up looking for victory. Victories come in many forms. From winning a race to fixing a bent kart and making the next session.
Michael Danks (Topkart) has a clean sweep of wins after two rounds and will be out for more. Second placed Championship contender, Siyabonga Ntuli (Topkart) is looking sharp after a terrific performance at the recent National and will be keen to blemish Danks’ impeccable record thus far.
John Norman is missing from the entry list which blows the fight for third in the Championship wide open.
Ready to capitalise will be Liam Wharton (Topkart), Zach McAuley (Topkart) and Ruan Lewis (Topkart) as a mere 4 points cover that fight in the Championship.
A big WPMC Karting welcome to Zac Boshoff (Topkart) as he gets ready to strap in for his first dose of regional competition.
Kid ROK (6th – 10th birthday)
A new class on the Regional calendar sees three entries from the now experienced Kai van Resnburg (RS Kart) and two new names into the sport in Aaron Mason and Max Boshoff.
ROTAX Micro MAX (7th – 12th birthday)
The Championship duel here looks to get even hotter.
Parolin pilots Dale Hobbs and Keegan Beaumont are level on points with three wins a piece so far. Beaumont will probably be the happier of the two though having claimed his wins at the last regional round.
Beaumont’s younger brother Aiden (BirelART) is right in the fight for a decent result too. He currently sits 3 points adrift in the standings and will be chomping at the bit to be there fighting with his brother and Hobbs on race day.
Siyabonga Ntuli (Kosmic) doubles his dose of young timer kart racing as he looks set to continue his Micro MAX fight. He will however do well to not find himself in a ‘Matthew sandwich’, as CRG duo Matthew Chiwara and Matthew Roach look like favorites to challenge him for third spot in the standings.
We look forward to welcoming current Bambino Championship leader Michael Danks (CRG) to the class, while Liam Koekemoer is set for his first 2 stroke karting battle.
Mini ROK (8th – 13th birthday)
A strong 8 kart Mini ROK entry list bodes well for some bumper entertainment.
Reese Koorzen (Parolin) and Ethan Lennon (FTW Tony Kart) have set a blistering pace so far this season. The pair have shared all race wins to date.
As things stand, Lennon holds a slender lead over Koorzen in this mouth watering Championship rivalry.
At time of writing Koorzen was not present on the entry list. Let’s hope he shows up on race day to provide the entertainment.
Headlining the challenge to the front lads are Jude Stuart (Tony Kart) and Ethan Deacon (Tony Kart). These two are similarly locked in an epic battle for P3 in the standings but will have a keen eye on upsetting the applecart upfront.
Having mixed it up at National level in the ROK Cup a few weeks ago, William Marshall (Kosmic), James Nash (Tony Kart), Sebastiano Human (Kosmic) and Liam Crowe (Tony Kart) will be determined to close the gap on those up the road and this weekend could very well be the time for that to happen.
Youngster Kai van Rensburg (RS) returns to the class having missed the previous round. He will look to draw on his front running 2020 Bambino experience as he goes on the hunt for results.
All in all, this class could see some upsets on the day, especially if Koorzen doesn’t show up.
Mini MAX (9th – 14th birthday)
The ever smooth and fast Joaquin de Oliveira (Parolin) has had a flawless run at regional level taking six wins from as many races so far in 2021. The Parolin Factory driver is without question the man to beat this weekend.
The odds on favourites to hunt de Oliveira down are National drivers Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport CRG) and Joshua Smit (Factory RS Kart). These youngsters are not shy of race wins and have proved this in previous campaigns. They will certainly give their all while putting on a display of terrific driving.
Add Sabelo Ntuli (Tony Kart) and Jude Stuart (Tony Kart) to that mix as well. Both these drivers have shown mega improvements in their short careers. They will be keen to get in and amongst the podium positions given the opportunity.
Oliver Roach (CRG) rounds out what is a small but very talented grid.
Junior MAX (12th – 16th birthday)
All systems go for National front runner Reza Levy (EMR CRG) as he looks set to continue his dominance in the class. Levy has won six from six in 2021 but the question is who will be the first to upset this run of form?
Primed and ready to challenge Levy is Mathew Wadeley (EMR CRG). Considering there are some Bambinos on the entry list with more experience than him, one can’t help but notice the rapid improvements he has made in such a short space of time.
Both Wadeley and Levy will be out for a good haul of SARMC points, but will have the likes of Jaden Jacobs (Tony Kart) and regular Mini MAX front runners, Joaquin de Oliveira (CRG), Joshua Smit and Oliver Roach ready to pounce given the opportunity.
Senior MAX (14th birthday +)
The most competitive chain driven class in the country. Littered with experience and talent, these guys will deliver the best ontrack action time and time again.
Defending WP and South African Senior MAX Champion Tate Bishop (ANGRI Kosmic) is fresh off yet another National win. He will however have his hands full if the star studded entry list is anything to go by.
Formula 1600 Championship leader Andrew Rackstraw (CRG) and the ever fast Storm Lanfear (Kosmic) know how to pedal. As does ex Formula 1600 National Champion and current GTC driver Julian van der Watt.
Add to that melting pot the experience Tristan de Nobrega brings to the table, who himself is no stranger to racing at the front and may even know a thing or two about Rackstraw’s setup on the day.
A welcome return to regional racing for the Le Riche brothers Kyle (Seleka Racing Kosmic) and Andre (Seleka Racing Kosmic). Both have enough pace and experience to play ball with this group of talented speedsters and will be chomping at the bit to show their metal.
This one is going to be a bender, let’s just hope that’s only at an entertainment level and that no chassis’s are harmed in the making of this thriller.
DD2 (15th birthday +) and DD2 Masters (32nd birthday + / 85kgs driver)
This looks set to be a 12 kart cracker with a number of South Africa’s top racing drivers on the grid.
Joseph Oelz (BirelArt) is hot off a hat trick of National wins last time out in Benoni and will aim to continue his run of impeccable form at Regional level. So far this season he has encountered stiff competition from 2020 DD2 National Champion Sebastian Boyd (Big Boss Freight BirelART).
Add to the fray Cape Town speedster Jason Coeztee. The talented multiple Championship winner is set to make his return to Regional DD2 racing. This makes for a juicy fight at the sharp end.
Any one of these experienced young men can take victories on Saturday. The question is, who will come out on top?
Michael Jordan (Jordan Racing CRG) is getting ever closer to mixing it up at the front. He will be out to close that gap even further this weekend with the intentions of keeping Gil Simoes (CRG) and Rafe Tayler (CRG) behind him.
In the Masters, 2020 Champion Conor Hughes (Tony Kart) has been the man to beat thus far. Jared Jordan (Jordan Racing CRG) showed impressive pace last time out and will be keen to make life difficult for Hughes.
Andrew Thomas (CRG), Marco Viegas (CRG) and Steve Beaumont (CRG) all had good showings at the Cape Town National in March. There is no better experience than cutting your teeth against the country’s best and all three will be in the hunt for a good haul of points this weekend.
A welcome return to Ernst Viljoen (CRG). He makes a comeback to the class after a year and a half out and will bring his good vibes and many years of experience to the table.
OKJ (12th – 16th birthday)
As the OKJ category looks to grow, Jason MacBeath (Tony Kart), Ethan Stier (Tony Kart) and Mischa Williams (Tony Kart) make it an all Italian affair in OKJ. Talking about the red white and green of the Tony Karts ofcourse, not any of the drivers nationalities.
There could be a late surprise entry from the talented Tate Bishop (ANGRI) on the cards, which will make this a fraught battle for the top step of the podium at the end of the day.
WP Clubmans (14th birthday +)
Having missed out on the previous round, the WP Clubmans will be eager to get back to racing this weekend.
The low cost, friendly environment for older beginners is a great entry into the sport of 2-stroke karting and should be highly considered if you have ever thought about taking the leap.
Sean Le Riche (Seleka Racing Kosmic, who has worked his magic to get the class back on its feet, joins his two talented young boys, Andre (Seleka Racing Arrow) and Kyle (Seleka Racing Kosmic), for a dose of “Family Feud” even Steve Harvey would be proud of.
Adding elder statesmen David Walker (Southern Cross Wealth FA) and Guy Lanfear (Kosmic), with their many years of karting experience, to the mix as they battle it out in what could be considered the battle of the Killarney legends.
Regular DD2 Masters front runner Marco Viegas rounds out the class.
It’s going to be a belter of a race day if the assumptions are anything to go by. Championship fights can all be cemented or destroyed in the blink of an eye, and that’s karting for you.
Spectators are sadly still banned from races and all sporting events. Here’s to hoping that changes soon. For now, the action packed Regional race day will need to be enjoyed by those fortunate enough to be at Killarney in a driving or team capacity.
Most of all, enjoy it and keep coming back for more.
Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)