Aqil Alibhai may have been forced to miss this weekend’s British Kartmasters races after his visa arrived too late to travel, but the Ormonde 9-year old put all that behind him so score a race win and an emphatic second overall at Saturday’s the Zwartkops Northern Regions Maxterino Karting races.
“That was a really good weekend’s racing,” Aqil reported. “It was very cool to win the second heat after finishing second in the first race and I am delighted to be second overall again, but I was also a bit unlucky because we definitely had the pace to win today and I was quicker than both my main rivals, Kwanda Mokoena and Sa’ood Variyawa.
“Unfortunately Kwanda and I got a bit too close for comfort in the final and I dropped back and then I was penalised five places for my part in that incident, although that did not change the overall result. “That’s racing though – I am still young in this class and I have a few years to race here, so I am very happy with my progress – it was so good that I never even missed being in England!”
“We are staying back in SA for the African Open races, where I will also race in the new Mini Max class at Zwartkops again in two weeks time,” Aqil concluded. “The winner gets a drive in the Rotax Max World Finals and that is one race I really want to win.”