The Cape of Storms has certainly delivered this week. With immense winds and even some hail experienced in the week leading up to the race, a number of nervous karters would’ve typed “weather forecast” into Google over the past 48 hours.
The good news is that Saturday will supposedly be a clear day with mild temperatures. Grip levels on the track will be anyone’s guess after a week of rain, but a solid Friday practice session should help put some rubber where it belongs – on the track.
We just might see a few more track records broken this weekend if the weather plays ball…
Bambino (5 – 9 Years)
It’s hard not to get excited about an entry list of 11 young racers. The field includes some highly experienced Bambinos and no fewer than three debutants.
Rayan Karriem ( Outsourcing Solutions / InTime Aluminium / RK Racing Top Kart) tops the points table going into this race. Jordon Wadeley (EMR Kartsport Top Kart) is right on his tail in second place with experienced karter Luan Mostert (AMV Group / DSD Group / Donadio Plant Hire Top Kart) in third.
Kai van Rensburg (7 Films Top Kart) and Nikolas Louw (Top Kart) will be the likely midfield dice, with the exciting girl duo of Rebecca Wadeley (EMR Kartsport Top Kart) and Riley Stier (Top Kart) aiming to close the gap.
Rhoderick Simpson (RAW Projects Top Kart) makes the journey once more from PE to race against the Capetonians. Debutants John Norman (Top Kart), Michael Danks (Top Kart) and Siyabonga Ntuli (Top Kart) round out the field.
The future of karting certainly looks bright with this entry list.
Rotax Micro MAX (7 – 12 Years)
Reese Koorzen (Kosmic) enters the second half of the season with a 4 point lead over Reza Levy (EMR Kartsport CRG) who bagged himself a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals with a win at the Africa Open earlier this month.
Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic) lies comfortably in third in the championship ahead of Ethan Deacon (CRG). Ethan Stier (Stier Racing Team / Flatline SA / Tri Brake & Clutch CRG) makes another appearance in Micro MAX where he is joined by Yusuf Parker (Parkers Parts Centre CRG) in his first Micro MAX race of 2019.
Mini Rok (8 – 13 Years)
Joaquin de Oliveira (Eastside Cartel Tony Kart) currently leads the championship and his closest rival Lucas Royston is absent from the entry list. This leaves the likes of Joshua Smit (Dart Motors / S&S Racing Kosmic), Ethan Lennon (Tony Kart) and Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) to fight it out for the podium.
Look out for friends Eric Norman (Kosmic) and Jude Stuart (Zanardi) who could produce some close racing further back. It won’t be long before these two are running with the pack in front.
Rotax Mini MAX (9 – 13 Years)
Ethan Stier (Stier Racing Team / Flatline SA / Tri Brake & Clutch CRG) has a commanding lead in the championship at the halfway mark. His next closest rivals Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) and Mikhail Fernandez (CRG) will be keeping him honest on Saturday.
Just 2 championship points separate Valentino Hoffman and Paul Malcolm (CRG). Mischa Williams (Zanardi) will continue working hard to close the gap.
Rotax Junior MAX (12 – 15 Years)
The racing at the front of this class has been magical to watch all year long. Despite the close racing, Troy Dolinschek (Makita Power Tools Kosmic) has built himself a handy lead over Tate Bishop (ANGRI Kosmic) and Kyle Visser (RKT FA).
Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) continues to impress this year as he lies 4th in the championship. Joining him on track this Saturday will be Thaqib Meyer (Itheko Events Tony Kart), Luca Wehrli (FA) and le Riche brothers Andre (Seleka Racing Kosmic) and Kyle (Seleka Racing Kosmic)
Rotax Senior MAX (14 Years +)
What is motorsport without a little controversy?
Charl Visser (RKT FA) was originally disqualified from all three heats of the 4th round of the championship based on a post-race inspection, but this was subsequently amended to a disqualification from only the final heat. This leaves the championship wide open, as Kai van Zijl (Unlimited Auto Kosmic) now has a 12 point lead that he will fight tooth and nail to protect.
Simon Simpson-Heath (MF Consultants Kosmic) is just 1 point behind Visser in this thrilling battle. Storm Lanfear (Private Client Financial Kosmic) and Andrew Thomas (Blake Brothers / Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) look set for another mid-pack battle as they fight for scraps from the leading pack along with Reece Oellerman (CRG).
Jade Lanfear (AOCon Consulting Engineers Kosmic) looks set to join her brother on track this weekend.
Rotax DD2 (15 Years +) and DD2 Masters (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)
Jason Coetzee (CRG) has had a more difficult season than his results suggest. Despite some major challenges, a fairly consistent performance through the year sees him leading the championship by a healthy margin from Dino Stermin (Phoenix Risk Solutions Tony Kart) and Jonathan Thomas.
Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight) may be 4th in the championship but he is every bit as fast as the top three. Jarryd Evans continues to snap at the heels at the front pack while Waldo de Wet (Kosmic) finds pace with every race.
The DD2 Masters championship has delivered thrills and a number of spills this year, with a few drivers having already dipped deep into their discards allowance for the year at the halfway mark. The overall championship could still change significantly based on consistency as much as pace.
As things stand though, Conor Hughes (Tony Kart) is in the lead 3 points ahead of Roy Gruer (CRG). Marco Viegas (Paper Perfect CPT Tony Kart) lies third ahead of Ernst Viljoen and Harry Georgiou (DDR / Carbs and Coffee Media Zanardi).
André Steenkamp (Carbs and Coffee Media CRG) will look to convert strong qualifying performances into points this weekend. Rob Peché (Carbs and Coffee Media / AD Trading CRG) has delivered consistency this year but also needs to deliver pace if he hopes to catch Steenkamp in the championship.
The group who were racing in MAX 175 decided to join Clubmans, resulting in a single class for heavier and/or older Senior MAX packages.
We can reasonably expect Jared Jordan (Jordan Racing Zanardi) and Gary Lennon (Tony Kart) to battle it out at the front, with Michael Jordan (Jordan Racing Arrow) fully able to run with these drivers on the day.
The ever-improving Sean le Riche (Seleka Racing Kosmic) will look for a consistent outing ahead of relative newbie Dylan Pelton.
We are now entering the second half of the season. Championships are still wide open and the weather is unpredictable.
Only one thing is for certain – Saturday will deliver serious action at Killarney!
Photo credit: David Marchio (www.davidmarchio.co.za)
Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)