Some Cape Town karters have had plenty of action so far this year. Those doing a full National programme have most likely raced in two WPMC Regionals, a National in Cape Town and another National in PE. Some even did a PE Regional in preparation for the National!
For others, it’s been a very long wait for this race. Karters competing only at WPMC Regional level last raced on 9th March. The wait between races works similarly to dog years – a 2 month wait feels like over a year!
But, here we are on the cusp of the 3rd round of the WPMC Regional Championship. The scoring system that allows drivers to drop their worst 3 heats in the year means that the actual standings don’t mean much at this stage. The form book certainly does though and a number of championship contenders have made their intentions clear in each class.
This week may be a struggle. Parents will struggle to keep their kids under control from sheer excitement. Some of the senior drivers will struggle to fit into their suits after a long period of no racing combined with too many chocolates over Easter.
The struggle will all be worth it on Saturday. Let’s go racing!
Bambino (5 – 9 Years)
The Bambino class should dish up a battle of note for the win, with championship leader Luan Mostert (AMV Group / DSD Group / Donadio Plant Hire Top Kart) and Rayan Karriem (Top Kart) set to continue their duel at the sharp end.
Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport Top Kart) won’t be playing games either, with his young eyes set firmly on the front. His sister Rebecca Wadeley (EMR Kartsport Top Kart) will ensure that dad Brad Wadeley of EMR Kartsport is kept busy!
Kai van Rensburg (7 Films Top Kart) will be looking forward to only his second Regional and will extend a welcoming hand to debutant Nikolas Louw (Top Kart).
Rotax Micro MAX (7 – 12 Years)
Reese Koorzen (Kosmic) and Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) usually have the crowd on their feet as they swap positions through practically every corner, but Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) has had a dream year thus far. He is second in the championship behind Koorzen and will come into this race brimming with confidence after an excellent 4th place at the PE National.
Ethan Deacon (CRG), Ethan Lennon (Kosmic), Julian Booysen and Luan Mostert (AMV Group / DSD Group / Donadio Plant Hire Top Kart) will fight it out in the mid-pack, but any issues up-front could see the best of these drivers on the podium.
Mini Rok (8 – 13 Years)
This class is growing! Get your heart medication in order before Saturday, because you’ll need it.
Lucas Royston (Tony Kart), Joaquin de Oliveira (Tony Kart) and Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) serve up more thrills in 10 minutes than Formula 1 does in two races.
Ethan Deacon (FA), Ethan Lennon (Tony Kart) and Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) will all do double-duty on the day, competing in Mini Rok as well as Micro MAX.
Eric Norman (Kosmic) makes a welcome return to karting after competing in Cadets last year (now called Bambinos), with his father Craig expected to spend at least 8 hours cleaning every single kart part within a 10m radius, some of which may not even belong to Eric. Jude Stuart (Zanardi) makes his much-anticipated debut after showing considerable dedication to get to this special day.
Rotax Mini MAX (9 – 13 Years)
Troy Snyman (Tony Kart), fresh from a victory at the PE National, seems to be enjoying the Cape Town air as he travels from the Northern Regions for another battle with the Cape’s finest.
Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) and Ethan Stier (CRG) didn’t have an easy time in PE, finishing 6th and 9th respectively, but will seek redemption at their home track. Mikhail Fernandez (CRG) will be desperate to get back onto the grid and will ensure that his presence is felt at the apex.
Paul Malcolm and Mischa Williams (Zanardi) will hope to continue improving their times and possibly capitalise on incidents at the front.
Rotax Junior MAX (12 – 15 Years)
The level of talent in this class in Cape Town was laid bare for all to see at the PE National. Troy Dolinschek (Makita Power Tools Kosmic), Kyle Visser (RKT FA) and Tate Bishop (ANGRI Kosmic) made it an all-Cape Town podium at that event and will be ready to fight it out again at their home circuit this weekend.
Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) will do everything possible to hang on to the front pack, hoping to take advantage of the racing incidents that are practically inevitable in this class where the battle for the win is so brutal.
The return of Le Riche brothers Andre (Seleka Racing Kosmic) and Kyle (Seleka Racing Kosmic) could upset the apple cart (or is that kart?), with Tristan Galp (CRG) and Thaqib Meyer (Itheko Events Tony Kart) equally ready to take advantage of every opportunity.
The first two Regionals didn’t have enough entries to count towards the Regional Championship, so this race is critical as we finally have enough entries.
Rotax Senior MAX (14 Years +)
Unfortunately, Matric exams have affected the number of entries for this weekend. It’s always annoying when literature lines get in the way of racing lines.
The Cape Town contingent were unlucky in a tough and wet race in PE, with no representation on the podium at the National. They will be itching for a clean, dry race as they get back on track for the season, with Charl Visser (RKT FA), Simon Simpson-Heath (SHQS / MF Consulting & Construction Kosmic) and Kai van Zijl (Unlimited Auto Kosmic) ready to fight it out at the front.
Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) and Andrew Thomas (Blake Brothers / Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) will engage in their usual entertaining tussle, as they close the gap to the front.
Rotax MAX 175 (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)
This class is still in its infancy, evidenced by the entry list of only three drivers. Running behind Senior MAX, MAX 175 still manages to dish up plenty of action as these warhorses take to the track.
With none of these drivers having raced at the PE National, each of Johan Hamman (Kosmic), Gary Lennon (Tony Kart) and Jared Jordan (Jordan Racing CRG) will be feeling their arms by the end of the afternoon.
You can expect spirited racing and great camaraderie from this class.
Rotax DD2 (15 Years +) and DD2 Masters (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)
With 13 screaming DD2s on track at the same time, this class is likely to dish up the most mayhem.
Dino Stermin (Phoenix Risk Solutions Tony Kart), Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight), Jason Coetzee (CRG) and Jonathan Thomas (CRG) will put on their usual driving demonstration, with perfectly smooth lines and seemingly impossible overtakes. It’s pure art to watch.
Jarryd Evans will be doing everything he can to stay with the front-runners, while Waldo de Wet (Kosmic) will continue his impressive debut season with a likely track position among the DD2 Masters mid-pack.
Speaking of the Masters, Conor Hughes and Roy Gruer (CRG) are tied for the Championship lead and will seek to lead the pack.
Ernst Viljoen, Marco Viegas (Paper Perfect CPT Tony Kart) and Andre Steenkamp (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) will be all over each other like a rash, with Harry Georgiou (DDR / Carbs and Coffee Media Zanardi) hoping for another strong race after bouncing back at the 2nd Regional from a tough start to the year.
Rob Peché (Carbs and Coffee Media / AD Trading CRG) hasn’t turned a wheel since the Cape Town National, so his initial measure of success may well be as simple as a racing suit that closes after a challenging Easter diet.
With great happiness, we note the return of the Clubmans class to the entry list. With 5 entries, the race may not count towards the championship, but it demonstrates that the class is on the road to recovery thanks to new blood buying some tried and tested karts to compete in this highly entertaining class.
Jared Jordan (Jordan Racing Zanardi) will race in Clubmans in addition to MAX 175, where he will go up against his brother Michael (Jordan Racing Arrow) and Sean le Riche (Seleka Racing Kosmic) who will no doubt lean on his sons for some help with setup.
Debutants Dylan Pelton and Ross Middleton will start their karting journeys this weekend and we wish them everything of the best.
It’s been a long wait. Let’s get out there and do what we love most – race!
Photo credit: David Marchio (www.davidmarchio.co.za)
Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)