Aqil Alibhai a threat in Micro Max Picture Chris Joubert

  • New karting class for youngsters kicks off with a Grand Prix on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit.
  • Excellent entries for both the 7-10 year-old and 10-13 year-old classes.
  • Prizes worth R10 000 up for grabs in each category!

The first official race meeting for the new Micro Max and Mini Max karting classes will be held at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on Sunday, July 17,2016 with the hosting of the Mini Max-Micro Max Grand Prix.

The race meeting will be open only to drivers contesting the new series in karting which sees the use of the familiar Rotax 125 cc engine used in classes for older youngsters, but with radically reduced power outputs to suit the younger age groups. The Micro Max engines produce 6 kW, while the Mini Max engines are limited to 11 kW.

Joshua de Paiva 18 leads Kai van Zyl 34 and Jordan Brooks 37 Picture Chris JoubertThe staging of the Mini Max Micro Max Grand Prix follows on the fourth round of the SA Rotax Max Challenge National Karting Series, which is being held at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on the previous day, July 16. This has enabled many youngsters contesting the current National championship classes for Maxterino and Mini Rok classes to stay on an extra day to contest the Grand Prix.

The race meeting, following on just a day after the fourth and final round of the 2016 Rotax Max Challenge series, will be a relaxed affair. Driver’s briefing is scheduled for 11 am with qualifying for the Micro Max series starting at 11:15 am. The Grand Prix event will consist of three races for Micro Max and three races for Mini Max, and the whole day’s racing is scheduled to be wrapped up by 2 pm.

Strong entry lists have been received for both classes, with over a dozen young drivers scheduled to contest each division. The incentive to do well is huge, as winners of each of the class receive either an air ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals in Naples, Italy, in October, or a voucher worth R10 000 to buy karting goodies at EMR Karting.

Micro Max – Drivers aged  7-10

Some familiar names from the established Maxterino division have entered here, including Daniel de Paiva, Reece Fuller, and Mohamed Wally. Trust Shana from Mozambique is also entered, and the big entry to watch is that of Aqil Alibhai who has been honing his skills in the British Karting championship this year, and has definitely raised his game!

Mini Max – Drivers aged 10 – 13

Tate Bishop 94 leads Joshua de Paiva Picture Chrtis JoubertSome of the serious contenders for national championships in Maxterino and Min Rok are entered here. Heading up this list is Jospeh Oelz, winner of National rounds of the Maxterino Series this year and a strong contender for the SA title going into the final round at Vereeniging on July 16.

Kai van Zyl is another very strong title contender in Maxterino that catches the eye, as is Ethan Coetzee.

Joshua de Paiva and Cameron Dias are also entered, and these two drivers have had race experience in the Mini Max class when they entered as Portuguese Nationals in a Regional race at last year’s Grand Finals, held in Portugal. Locally these two compete in the Mini Rok series.

Jayden Els and Troy Dolinscheck are two more big-name drivers from the 60cc classes taking part, both strong contenders in the National Championship in 2016. Rodrigo Almeida from Mozambique is an interesting entry, while other strong contenders here include Tate Bishop from Cape Town.

“The idea of these classes is to provide bridging gaps between the current established classes,” says Rotax importer Ed Murray. “Currently we have a big jump in power from the 50 cc Cadet class to the 60 cc classes, and this power difference is catered for by the 6 kW Micro Max Class. Although the Micro Max power unit measures 125 cc, it has been specially de-tuned to bridge this power gap.

“Similarly the Mini Max class, using engines now rated at 11 kW, caters for the power gap between the 60 cc classes and Junior Max.”

The beauty of going to both the Micro Max ad Mini Max classes is that they use the same basic 125 cc engine unit albeit in de-tuned form that is used in the Junior Max and Senior Max classes. So when these drivers move up to a higher age group they can still use the same basic engine from their Micro Max or Mini Max stages of development, and up-grading the same engine is cheap and simple.

For more information, go to Or call Jennifer Verheul on 082 2947485.