Karting is back with a vengeance.
The karting circuit has been a hive of activity in the past few weeks, with the Cape Town karting community making the most of the magnificent new surface and trying to figure out where those extra tenths are to be found.
The first Rotax National is nearly upon us at Killarney, which means that a few out-of-towners and some big names have been spotted around the circuit preparing for the race over the long weekend in March.
The second Regional this Saturday 9th March will be the final practice session available before the National, as the track closes for two weeks for preparations.
Will the victors of round 1 continue their good form? Will the bad luck experienced by some in the first race meeting be reversed into stunning podiums?
It all goes down this weekend!
Bambino (5 – 9 Years)
The Bambino entry list is incredibly exciting this weekend, with nine young drivers expected to line up on the grid in a Cape Town vs. Northern Regions battle ahead of the National.
Capetonian Rayan Karriem (Top Kart) was untouchable in the first round and will look to continue that momentum into the second race meeting. He won’t have it easy though, with up-country visitors Tshepang Shisinwana (Top Kart), Troy van der Laan (Top Kart) and Christian Verheul (EMR Top Kart) seeking to upset the Cape Town apple cart.
Rayan’s Cape Town rival Luan Mostert (AMV Group / DSD Group / Donadio Plant Hire Top Kart) will be looking to make amends for bad luck in the first round, while Jordon Wadeley (Top Kart) will hope to continue where he left off on a stunning debut.
Matthew Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing) is fast on and off the track, having missed the first race meeting due to Western Province athletics duties. He will be itching to kick off his season with a strong result.
Rebecca Wadeley (Top Kart) and local debutant Kai van Rensburg (7 Films / Top Kart) round off the class.
Rotax Micro MAX (7 – 12 Years)
Reese Koorzen laid down the gauntlet emphatically in the first race, with a dominant performance scoring maximum points.
Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) and Ethan Deacon (CRG) will have been working hard over the past two weeks to close the gap to Reese.
The top trio on championship points will know that Micro MAX defending champion Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) will be aiming to get his championship back on track after a troubled first round.
Up-country star Mohammed Moerat (Moto Technik Praga) will be targeting a podium finish after a dominant display in the Northern Regions second round at Zwartkops. Fellow Gautenger Caleb Cotterell (Praga) will also be keen to impress on his journey to the Mother City.
Ethan Lennon (Kosmic) and Luan Mostert (AMV Group / DSD Group / Donadio Plant Hire Kosmic) are back for only their second-ever taste of Micro MAX action, while Julian Booysen will be getting his season underway having missed the first race.
Mini Rok (8 – 13 Years)
Although Mini Rok has one of the smaller entry lists for the day as there are no up-country visitors, the young drivers will deliver plenty of thrills for the crowd.
The first round battle among Lucas Royston (Tony Kart), Joaquin de Oliveira (Tony Kart) and Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) was nothing short of spectacular.
The top three Rok’kers will be joined once more by Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) and Ethan Lennon (Kosmic).
Rotax Mini MAX (9 – 13 Years)
We can only guess whether Ethan Stier (CRG) or his father have calmed down yet from Round 1, where Ethan drove the race of his life to take all three victories.
Mikhail Fernandez (CRG) will be ready to fight once more for the win after an impressive show of pace in round 1. Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) took pole position in qualifying for round 1 and will be raring to go with that kind of pace, needing a strong result after a difficult season opener.
Troy Snyman (Tony Kart) comes to Cape Town once more after another overall win in the second Northern Regions event, giving him valuable track time ahead of the critical National. He is joined by fellow Vaalie Taya van der Laan (Praga).
Paul Malcolm (CRG) and Mischa Williams (Zanardi) will round off a class that looks set to deliver plenty of overtaking action on Saturday.
Rotax Junior MAX (12 – 15 Years)
Prepare yourself for a high-speed thriller as the junior high school class takes to the track. A fascinating entry list means that it is anyone’s guess what the podium will look like when all is said and done on Saturday.
Troy Dolinschek (Makita Power Tools Kosmic) was dominant in round 1, but Tate Bishop (ANGRI Kosmic) will possibly still be ANGRI after an unfortunate incident that ruined his first round despite qualifying on pole. He will be back this weekend to make amends.
Kyle Visser (RKT FA) will give it his all to close the pace gap to Dolinschek and Bishop, but these three drivers will be very aware that Joseph Oelz (Birel) is returning to his home circuit after competing with great success in Northern Regions events this year
Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) will take heart from his podium in the season opener as he battles the likes of Thaqib Meyer (Itheko Events Tony Kart) and Joburger Ethan Coetzee (CRG) who comes to Cape Town having secured a podium in the Northern Regions second round.
Luca Wehrli (FA) will round off a class that will have the crowd on their feet throughout the day.
Rotax Senior MAX (14 Years +)
Charl Visser (RKT FA) was streaks ahead of the rest of the field in Round 1 and will certainly be the man to beat this weekend.
Trying to do exactly that will be Andrew Rackstraw (CRG), fresh from an astonishing F1600 performance at Dezzi Raceway last weekend.
Reece Oellerman (CRG) may have been the photographer’s favourite in Round 1 after losing a wheel quite spectacularly, but he would no doubt prefer to be star of the podium instead as he takes the fight to Visser.
Simon Simpson-Heath (SHQS / MF Consulting & Construction Kosmic) and Kai van Zijl (Unlimited Auto Kosmic) secured exceptional points finishes in Round 1, but will need another strong drive to do it again against a tough field.
Andrew Thomas (Blake Brothers / Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) will be relishing another battle with Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) who will be joined by sister Jade Lanfear (AOCon Consulting Engineers Kosmic).
Rotax MAX 175 (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)
The first ever outing for this class at Killarney in round 1 was a thriller despite having only three entrants running behind the Senior MAX class on track.
As exciting as that race was, the class looks to be a corker this weekend.
Northern Regions karting sensation Nicholas Verheul (CRG) is on an exceptional run of form and will look to stamp his authority on Cape Town locals Johan Hamman (Kosmic), Gary Lennon (Tony Kart) and Jared Jordan (CRG).
Verheul will be joined by fellow Joburger Erwin Sterne (CRG) in a class that has heated up in a short space of time and offers an exceptionally competitive way for older or heavier drivers to enjoy chain-driven karting.
Rotax DD2 (15 Years +) and DD2 Masters (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)
Nicholas Verheul (EMR CRG) was completely unbeatable in the Northern Regions second round. With the National just a couple of weeks away, he will be completely focused on a DD2 battle that will have karting fans salivating this weekend.
The Cape Town trio of Dino Stermin (Tony Kart), Jonathan Thomas (CRG) and Jason Coetzee (TeamLit CRG) will not let Verheul have it all his own way, with multiple years of experience and exceptional pace on the new Killarney surface.
Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic) will be hot on their heels as he aims to keep Jarryd Evans behind him. Karting newcomer and fitness fanatic Waldo de Wet (Kosmic) has already demonstrated driving ability as impressive as his biceps and will round off the DD2 class.
The DD2 Masters will dish up more excitement as Conor Hughes (Kosmic) looks to maintain his points-scoring run of form into the second round. He will have a huge fight on his hands against Roy Gruer (CRG) who showed his abilities with a victory in race 1 of the first round and Harry Georgiou (DDR / Carbs and Coffee Media Zanardi) who had a season opener he would prefer to forget.
Ernst Viljoen, Marco Viegas (Paper Perfect CPT Tony Kart) and Andre Steenkamp (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) will continue their mid-field battle, although any one of these drivers is quite capable of taking it to the front-runners on outright pace.
Rob Peché (Carbs and Coffee Media / AD Trading CRG) managed to avoid racing incidents in round 1 to secure a lucky 5th overall, but will need to find pace to genuinely take the fight to the rest of the pack.
The Clubmans class continues to struggle after losing a number of karters to other classes in 2019.
With Jared Jordan (Zanardi) as the only entry at this point, the class needs to find new karters. We encourage anyone who missed out as a kid and who wants to start racing as an adult to enquire about Clubmans and take advantage of the large number of karts currently for sale.
The Cape Town stronghold of Killarney will be ready for the challenge from the North as some big names use this WPMC Regional as invaluable practice time for the National.
With fierce racing on the agenda, the best thing you can do this Saturday is get down to Killarney karting circuit.
Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)