Mini national beckons after long break
It’s been a long break since karts last raced at Killarney way back in May, but that’s all about to change when the WPMC Kart Track hosts the fifth round of the MSA Western Cape Karting Championships at the Killarney Kart Track Saturday 28 July in what promises to be something of a mini national.
With the SA championship races at the same circuit two weeks later, it can be expected that among the more competitive drivers from up north will turn up in preparation for that national competition.
The focus however remains fully on the local series, of which two of the races in each to the Rotax Max classes also count toward each driver’s national championship tally, so expect no holds to be barred on Saturday.
That starts on top of the pile, where a close tussle is going down in the fastest direct-drive open-age Rotax DD2 gearbox class with just five points separating teammates Umpie Swart and Jason Coetzee at the top of the title table and Jonathan Thomas keeping a watching brief. Sebastian Boyd and Jarryd Evans are in a tight tussle for fourth in DD2, while Gary Lennon and Roy Gruer are in a close over-31 Masters fight with Ernst Viljoen lurking with intent. But will the likes of Arnold Neveling, Bradley Liebenberg and Benj Habig be in town to play pre-national interference?
Jason Coetzee is also a major factor in just as fierce a WP Senior Max title fight, with just six points separating him and Andrew Rackstraw in the top chain-driven class. Those two hold a reasonable advantage over the rest, but the fight for third sees only 12 points splitting Reece Oellerman, Storm Lanfear and class madala Andrew Thomas, while lady racer Jade Lanfear is in close attendance too. Upcountry competition is possible from Durban lad Dominic Lincoln and Jozi chargers Wayland Wyman and Nick Verheul.
Perhaps the most competitive karting class in SA this year may not seem so close considering Joseph Oelz’s considerable under-15 high school WP Junior Max championship lead, but the next five drivers up; Troy Dolinschek, Kai van Zijl, Tate Bishop, Simon Simpson-Heath and Sibo Solomon are all within one race win’s worth of points of each other. Add Denis Joubert (Killarney Denis’ grandson and Deon’s son), Luca Wehrli, SA Junior championship leader Charl Visser and Tristan Galp to the mix, plus possible upcountry wildcards the likes of Aqil Alibhai, Jayden Els, Jarrod Waberski, Leyton Fourie and Kwanda Mokoena, and this one should be dynamite.
There’s a ten-point gap between under-13 Mini Max championship leader Kyle Visser and second man Mikhail Fernandez, with Joaquin de Oliveira a close third in another key Western Cape karting battleground, while brothers Andre and Kyle le Riche are dicing over fourth with Lucas Royston and Luke Oellerman next up. It remains to be seen if they will have to deal with some competition from the north, plausibly from Jordan Brooks, Michele Patrizi, Josh Le Roux and Liam De Beer?
Reese Koorzen holds a 12-point advantage over Reza Levy (whose dad Ebrahim and grandpa Armien were both racing on Killarney’s main circuit last week) in the WP under-11 Micro Max championship, while Joshua Smit, Ethan Stier, Paul Malcolm and Mischa Williams are involved in a huge spat for third and Ethan Deacon, Conner Rensburg, Ethan Lennon and Julian Booysen keeping them all honest. Add one or two upcountry lads the likes of Muhammad Wally, KC Ensor-Smith, and Joshua De Paiva down to practice for that national and it could all get pretty interesting there too.
Killarney’s under-8-year old Cadets see Ian Joubert holding a 12-point title advantage over Eric Norman going into round 5, with Luan Mostert close behind in the creche of karting and Rayan Karriem, Matthew Smit and Aaron Gallietti also in the mix. The second under-13 Mini Rok class sees Kyle Visser in a comfortable championship lead over the duelling Lucas Royston and Jason McBeath while Joaquin de Oliveira, Mischa Williams and Joshua Smit are in close attendance there.
Worcester farmer Johan Hamman has it all under control in the Cape Clubmans class, where Harry Georgiou, Robert Peche and Andre Steenkamp are his closest championship rivals, while just two points split brothers Jared and Michael Jordan (sons of former sportscar racer Neville) and Mario Ras next up.