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WOMAN POWER TO THE FORE AT OPENING KARTING REGIONAL OF 2016

Fabienne Lanz, the petit but vastly experienced woman kart racer from Midrand, won the first Regional Championship race of 2016 in the prestigious Senior Max class in fine style at Zwartkops Kart raceway on February 13.

Sebastian Lanzetti and Stuart White and Keegan Masters

After qualifying on pole position, Fabienne had a rather strange opening race in the three-race Senior Max category, dropping to third  beforemuscling her way into second place. But in races two and three she made no mistake and ran out a convincing winner from Joshua Dias – the first race-winner- and Delon Thompson.

Lady-racers are making their mark more frequently in karting these days and the ultra-competitive Senior Max category saw Shannon Jackson claim fourth place from fellow female racer Ivana Cetinich, with Robert Whiting rounding out the top six. ChandreBothma, a relative newcomer to Senior Max racing, finished ninth, capping  a good day’s racing for the ladies!

In the RotaxJunior Max class,  Karl Pitzer from Mocambique was hugely impressive in the way he went about winning overall for the day, by scoring a three-race clean sweep. In the opening race, Pitzer  worked his way methodically into second place and bided his time, making a few moves on initial leader Cameron O’Connor before a surprise overtake at the bottom hairpin that enabled him to built a gap. Pitzer won all three races, impressively,  as he has relatively little experience at Zwartkops and at this level of competition!.

Stepping up from the less powerful Maxterino class – a big jump in horsepower needs to be handle in Junior Max -were O’Connor and Blaine Rademeyer. These two  keptPitzer honest in all three races to claim second and third, with Oliver Gunner fourth, Tiago Rebelo fifth and Pitzer’s sister Naomi sixth.

In DD2, the Rotax Twin-Speed gearbox class, MarouanSelmi showed the youngsters how things should be done by winning both the combined DD2 class and the DD2 Masters class which runs concurrently with DD2, open to drivers 15-years old and above. Selmi was bested by youngster Justin Allison in the opening race but came through to win the second and third races, and take the overall DD2 and DD2 Masters trophy for the day. Eugene Gous was third, followed by Philippe Chapat, Pasqual Acquaah and NicVerheul.Gous and Verheul took second and third in the Masters category for drivers 32-years-old and older.

In Mini Rok, for drivers under 13-years old, there was an intense competition to be top dog. Kwanda Mokoena, who  showed plenty of form last season, won the first two races before being side-lined in the final race. Thus Joshua Coertze won the final race andbe cause of his consistent top five finishing record, emerged as overall winner for the day, but harried all the way by Jayden Els and SaoodVariawa. Cameron Dias was typically unruffled and stylish,  and capped her day by placing third in the final race for fifth overall, ahead of Mokoena and Jarrod Waberski, who rounded out the top six.

In the similarly-configured Maxterino class, which uses a 60 cc engine to propel youngsters also in the eight-to-13 age group, AquilAlibhai and Anthony Pretorius traded paint and race wins, Pretorius taking the first race before being bested in the second to races by Alibhai, who ran out a deserved winner for the day. Pretorius finished two fine seconds to add to his win and finish second overall, ahead of Liam de Beer, Joshua De Paiva, Jordan Brooks and Matthew Morrell.

In the X30 class, which uses a multi-speed gearbox engine and has entertaining high-revving audio effects, Connor Rogers won all three races, ahead of Ryan Maroun and Rachelle du Plessis. Rachel, incidentally, is the daughter of well-known V8 racer Roelf, who excelled on our major circuits in  monster Mazda racers, a decade or so ago. Jason Smith was fourth for the day, ahead of Dominic Dias.

The other gearbox  karting class is for older drivers in the 125 GP category, these karts using six-speed water-cooled motors and running to a higher weight limit to accommodate the average age of the competitors at about 45! (minimum age for this class is 30-years-old). In an extremely well-supported three races,  Scott Falconer had qualified on pole but dropped out with engine maladies. This allowed his rach rival Richard Fuller to romp away to straight victories, ahead of a snarling pack consisting of Gerald Fourie, Clint Jones, Miguel Dias, Rob Bakewell and Mauro Munari

The Junior and Senior Rok classes ran together in this opening regional, with the enthusiastic Kwanda Mokoena adding this class to his duities in the more competitive Mini Rok Series. Mokoena was quick in all three races and ended second for the day, but overall had to give best to Jordan North who wrapped up three straight wins. Michael Pringle was third, followed Jarred Eekhout. Dylan Seedy and lady racer ValmerieVolschenk.  In Senior Rok, victory went to Sebastian Lanzetti after the winner of the first two  races, Jason Smith, was side-lined in the last event. Stuart White took second, ahead of Keegan Masters, these drivers enjoying a good dice all day, with Luke Hill fourth, Andrea White fifth and  Jason Smith sixth.

In the wonderfully inspiring Cadet Class, for youngsters aged 5-8 years-old, Mohammed Moerat won all three events in this race series where  the tiddlers seem to go flat-out around the entire circuit, at an age where most kids their age are just learning to master a tricycle!

KC Ensor-Smith took two second places overall (as well as recovering from a slight entanglement in the second race) to place second for the day, ahead of Judd Bertholdt, Kyle Beukes, Kent Swartz and LuviweMdlalose.

For more information on the Northern Regions 2016 championship contact Jeff or Jennifer on 012 3842303or visit www. kart.co.za