The new karting season is well and truly upon us. With the Northern Regions having already completed round 1 of their regional championship this past weekend, all eyes will be on the Cape’s finest as they begin their 2019 campaigns this coming Saturday.

A new surface at the Killarney Kart Track will certainly pose a challenge to all the drivers as track time over the past 2 months has been hard to come by with all the maintenance work. With seasoned karters, new drivers and new classes in the mix, we have the recipe for an unforgettable day at the races.

Bambino (5 – 9 Years)

The Bambino class brings a far bigger change this year than a new name. For the first time, karting’s cutest kids will tackle the full 1km Killarney kart track, bringing new challenges and greater spectator value.

With last year’s Bambino champion absent from the grid, Luan Mostert (AMV Group/DSD Group/Donadio Plant Hire Top Kart) will be the favourite to show his fellow racers the way around Killarney. Luan goes into this season as somewhat of a veteran in the class, even though he is only 8 years old! Rayan Karriem (Top Kart) will also be back for more fast-paced action this season after proving he can race at the front-end during his 2018 campaign.

The Wadeley family are wading into this class, with brother and sister due Jordan (EMR Top Kart) and Rebecca (EMR Top Kart) making their debut this weekend. The pace and technical knowledge of dad Brad will certainly assist their development into the sport. They are joined by rookie Rhoderick Simpson (R.A.W Projects Top Kart), sporting a smile as large as his helmet and endless enthusiasm in the pit lane.

With Bambino being the genesis of numerous past, present and future stars, you can rest assured that these pint-sized racers will put on a proper show in 2019.

Rotax Micro MAX (7 – 12 Years)

Offering some of the closest racing on the day, the Rotax Micro MAX class has an air of unfinished business about it, with the top three from the 2018 campaign looking to fight out again this season.

Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG), Reese Koorzen (Kosmic) and Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) will all be out to take top honours come Saturday. 2018 champion Levy will have his work cut out for him, with mouthwatering bumper-to-bumper battles against Koorzen and Smit on the menu.

Also keep an eye on Ethan Deacon (CRG) who showed everyone in 2018 that he is more than capable of mixing it up at the front, while Luan Mostert (AMV Group/DSD Group/Donadio Plant Hire Kosmic) makes his Micro MAX debut along with Ethan Lennon (Kosmic).

Mini Rok (8 – 13 Years)

The only non-Rotax class at Killarney is devoid of a defending champion, allowing the likes of Lucas Royston (Tony Kart), Joaquin de Oliveira (Tony Kart), Jason MacBeath and Rotax Micro Max drivers Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) and Ethan Lennon (Kosmic) to fight for dominance early in the season.

Rotax Mini MAX (9 – 13 Years)

After a titanic battle in 2018, the stars of Mini MAX return to thrill spectators and terrify their parents. Mikhail Fernandez (CRG) must be the favourite after his extraordinary 2018 campaign, but Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) will be keen to impress in this class. Troy Snyman comes in search of Cape Town air after a hat-trick of victories at Laserfiche Raceway in the Northern Regions series opener.

Emerging star Jason MacBeath and class rookies Paul Malcolm (CRG), Ethan Stier (CRG) join the fray, with Mischa Williams (Zanardi) adding a feminine touch to the grid with her debut in this class.

Rotax Junior MAX (12 – 15 Years)

With last year’s championship winner opting to compete in the Rotax Northern Regions Championship this year, all is to play for in Cape Town as Troy Dolinschek (Kosmic), Tate Bishop (ANGRI Kosmic), Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) and Luca Wehrli (FA) welcome Mini Max world finalist Kyle Visser (RKT FA) to the Junior Max Party.

Any of these drivers could take the win this weekend in a class that combines close racing with serious corner speed.

Rotax Senior MAX (14 Years +)

The premier chain-driven class for teenagers and young adults boasts an impressive entry list to kick off the season.

With last year’s top two drivers Jason Coetzee and Andrew Rackstraw absent from the grid, Senior Max stalwarts Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic), Reece Oellerman (CRG), Jade Lanfear (AOCon Consulting Engineers Kosmic) and Andrew Thomas (Blake Brothers/Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) will brace themselves for an onslaught from Junior Max graduates Kai van Zijl (Unlimited Auto Kosmic), Simon Simpson-Heath (Kosmic) and 2018 Rotax world finalist, Charl Visser (RKT FA).

The difference between Senior Max and Junior Max is an exhaust power valve, a few extra ponies and sticker Mojo D5 tyres, so the class graduates should get onto the pace quickly.

Michael Jordan (CRG) rounds off Senior Max, moving up from Clubmans and demonstrating its value as the perfect entry point to the sport for adults.

Rotax MAX 175 (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)

The new class on the programme offers older, experienced drivers the opportunity to compete in a chain-driven class. The incentive of National Championship status and a Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Final ticket for the winner is enough to bring serious drivers to the grid.

2018 Clubmans runaway champion Johan Hamman (Kosmic) will square off against 2018 DD2 Masters champion Gary Lennon (Tony Kart) who will relish the challenge of the totally different handling characteristics of these karts compared to the DD2s. Mario Ras is no stranger to winning and rounds off the grid with Clubmans graduate Jared Jordan (CRG).

This grid will grow over the year, but there is plenty of talent on show in this class on Saturday.

Rotax DD2 (15 Years +) and DD2 Masters (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)

An absolutely star-studded line up will hammer the freshly-laid tarmac, as the fastest class kicks off the 2019 season at Killarney.

Jason Coetzee (TeamLit CRG) and DD2 veteran Jonathan Thomas (CRG) will need to be at their best to keep the likes of Dino Stermin (Tony Kart), Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic) and Jarryd Evans (CRG) out. Newcomer Waldo de Wet (Kosmic) has shown impressive pace in practice and will be itching to be in the pack.

The DD2 Masters class looks set to dish up fiercely competitive racing, as highly experienced Conor Hughes (Kosmic) will need to work hard to keep Roy Gruer (CRG) behind him. Marco Viegas (Paper Perfect CPT Tony Kart) has karted on and off in recent years and will be ready to make his mark on a new season. Harry Georgiou (Zanardi) brings significant karting experience to the class after enjoying a more relaxed season in Clubmans in 2018.

As further proof of the effectiveness of the Clubmans series, class graduates Andre Steenkamp (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) and Rob Peché (Carbs and Coffee Media / AD Trading CRG) will be making the big step up to the premier class, while Ernst Viljoen (Tony Kart) will continue to be a presence both on the track and in the pit lane with his signature hairstyle.

Clubmans

The Clubmans class has seen a number of participants move on to other classes in 2019 after a fiercely competitive season in 2018 where the class truly came into its own.

Clubmans veterans and brothers Michael (Arrow) and Jared Jordan (Zanardi) will do double-duty on Saturday, while Sean le Riche (Seleka Racing Kosmic) makes his long-awaited debut in the class as sons Andre and Kyle watch from the stands.

There are a number of Clubmans karts currently for sale, so we encourage adults looking to get into the sport to speak to Committee representatives or Clubmans drivers on the day.

Conclusion

After an action-packed Passion for Speed at Killarney this past weekend, the short-circuit looks set to dish up just as many thrills for the enthusiastic spectators who fill the karting grandstands.

Qualifying gets underway mid-morning, with three heats per class filling the afternoon with the glorious smell of 2-stroke.

Tickets are available at the gate – come and support local talent!

Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)