lup1sGauteng’s karters braced themselves not only for the midwinter Vereeniging cold, but also for a full-on attack from their Cape rivals at Saturday’s ‘Pre National’ fourth Northern Regions Kart Championship. But the day dawned mild and the locals staved off the onslaught, leaving Kyalami kid Kwanda Mokoena to steal the show.

With coastal visitors making their way up to the Vaal in preparation for the National Karting Finals there in two weeks time, battle lines were drawn for a mini-national of its own right, with 12-year old Mokoena being one of the more interesting attractions, having entered in no less than three classes — a daunting task by any stretch of the imagination.

It’s not the first time the Mokoena has won both primary school classes on a regional race weekend, although this time he had to deal with a strong out of town contingent too. That never stopped Kwanda from romping to a triple victor as he dominated the Maxterino 60 class, leaving his rivals to scrap as Cape visitor Tate Bishop drove a consistent weekend to deliver a deserved second overall. Another Cape lad Charl Visser and SA’s British kart competitor Aqil Alibhai clashed while dicing for second in the second heat as Visser eventually edged Alibhai for third ahead of Joshua de Paiva and younger Visser brother Kyle Visser.

lup2sMokoena took a first, a second and a third place in each heat to also win the rival Mini Rok 60cc on a tie-breaker over Jayden Els, who scored similar results on the day. They edged out Saood Variawa, Cape visitor Charl Visser, Daniele Patrizi and PE championship contender Joshua Coertze.

The 16 strong Junior Max class delivered splendid action as local drivers staved off a strong coastal contingent to retain home glory. Race 2 and 3 winner Blaine Rademeyer beat his race 1-winning local arch-rival Cameron O’ Connor two races to one, while Cape driver Daniel Duminy was the best of the visitors in third after two strong second places over another Cape kid Sebastian Boyd, Mozambican Karl Pitzer and local lad Tiago Rebelo.

One Cape driver to overcome the home town resistance was open Senior Max 125cc winner Dino Stermin who took two race wins to defeat local lass Fabienne Lanz’ three second-places and race 1 winner, local lad Joshua Dias. Two more Cape drivers, Delano Fowler and Jurie Swart scrapped to fourth and fifth ahead of Delon Thompson.

Richard Fuller drove a consistent weekend to win the ever-popular old school 125 GP class with a last race win over Ryan Bakewell, whose trio of thirds was good enough for second overall. Race 1 and 2 winner Migual Dias was third from Gerald Fourie, Clint Jones and Ian Basson, while Rob Bakewell dominated the Vets over Laurance Jones and Wayne Masters.

lup3sBradley Liebenberg romped to DD2 gearbox honours with three straight wins, while Justin Allison fought off Stuart White for second ahead of Benjamin Habig, Rachelle and Janco Venter. Judd Bertholdt and Mohammed Moerat scrapped over under-8 Cadet win with Moosa Kajee third, while WJ van Straaten beat Tristan Coertze and Nikolas Roos to Micro Rok honours.

The Vereeniging Kart Club now prepares for the National Kart Finals in two weeks time on Saturday 16 July - make a note of that one and rest assured, it will produce fireworks end-to-end.