Tight Cape championship tussles set to continue at Killarney’s fourth karting round
Karting action returns to Killarney to close off the first half of the 2016 Western Province Karting Championship Saturday 11 June where long-term forecasts predict cold and bright weather will play host to what will surely be the hottest possible action.
There are quite a few tight championship duels underway, but nowhere closer than in 60cc primary school Cape Maxterinos, where Charl Visser (Battery Energy Zanardi) holds a slender two-point championship advantage over arch rival Joseph Oelz (Zanardi). Neither can leave anything to chance though, with Troy Dolinschek (Makita Kosmic), Tate Bishop (Kosmic) and Kai Van Zijl (CRG) having found form of late and all of them still well within striking distance, while Jason MacBeath, younger Visser brother Kyle and Nicholas Sage all well worthy of putting it on the podium among that packed pre-teen packed grid.
It’s also close among the smallest under-8 Cadet class kids where Paul Malcolm has come good of late to hold a 16-point title advantage over Joaquin de Oliveira and Reza Levy (Jive), who are separated by a single point, while Reese Koorzen, Mishca Williams, Joshua Smit and Ethans Stier and Deacon are all in close championship combat too.
Stepping up to the teenagers in the high school Rotax Junior Max 125s, expect a battle royal to be fought out between WP high school Rotax Junior Max 125s, championship leader Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) and Dario Busi (Automan Birel), who won to whittle the championship advantage down to 8 points last time out. There’s an even bigger wrought going on for third in that title chase with six points splitting six drivers as Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Freight Kosmic), Daniel Duminy (Kosmic), Andrew Rackstraw (Tony), Aidan Strydom (TurboTech CRG) and Kosmic duo Sam Lockhoff and JP Hamman scrap over the last podium spot.
There’s another intriguing fight going down in the DD2 gearbox class where SA championship leader Julian van der Watt (Kosmic) is fighting off a strong rearguard action from former WP champion Jonathan Thomas (Partners CRG) and Tristan de Nobrega (Race Driver SA CRG).
It’s a little more clear cut in the Senior Max open 125s where reigning SA and WP Junior champ Dino Stermin (Designer Trims RKT Kosmic) holds a handy 18-point advantage over Delano Fowler (Suprocom FA) with Arnold du Toit, Nicholas Jacobs and the luckless Hylton Peters scrapping over third.
The Cape Clubmen round off the day’s action where Andrew Thomas, Marco Viegas, George Schwager, Jody van Rensburg and Kian van der Merwe will be among those out to top that title table.
Killarney Raceway is on Potsdam Road, Killarney Gardens with the kart track situated across from the main circuit pit complex. Cape kart meets offer a cool atmosphere with entertaining commentary and great grub and drinks at the clubhouse in the pits. Adult entry is R60 per adult. R20 for under-16s and under-12s are free.
See you at the Killarney karts!
Photo: Mark Zeeman