SA ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE KARTING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TWO

Former Production Car champ Michael Stephen is looking to claim two karting titles in 2016May 1, 2016. Scant respite for SA Championship title chasers, as Rotax kart circus moves to Port Elizabeth for a May-Day Meet.

A tightly packed National Motorsport Calendar sees the Second Round of the 2016 SARMC National Karting Championship meeting arrive just a month after the season opener in Cape Town. The second round of this four-round national series will be held on Sunday, May 1 at the Celso Scribante Circuit in Port Elizabeth.

The tight, tortuous Celso Scribante karting circuit on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth will be the scene of the action, and this championship round should see the playing fields levelled in most classes, as most of the title contenders are based either in Gauteng, Cape Town or KZN.

The exception to this rule is PE born-and-bred racer Michael Stephen, a former national karting champion, a multiple SA Production Car champion, and also the man who led the way in last year’s Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal before he was punted out of contention almost in sight of the chequered flag!

Stephen, entered in  the DD2 Masters category, not only won this age category for drivers 32-years and older in Cape Town but finished third overall in DD2,  the fastest and arguably the most competitive karting category in the country. Since the start of this season, Masters competitors run to the same weight limit as the younger drivers (15 years-old and older), and thus Stephen finds himself gunning for both titles, as the Masters race concurrently with the youngsters and score points in both categories.

Karting is making a big comeback in the Eastern Cape, and word has it that former karting ace (and Production car driver) Simon Moss may well be a surprise entry in the DD2 category! Another popular PE driver Brynn High has joined the DD2 fray.
In the other classes, it will be interesting to see how well the Cape Town drivers fare in PE, after they dominated their home event.

Joseph Oelz 63 leads the 2016 Maxterino category going into Round Two in PE on May 1Maxterino

The excellent Joseph Oelz leads after a clean sweep at the first Nationals and strong regional performances. He is followed by Kai van Zyl, Troy Dolinschek, Tate Bishop, Charl Visser _ who had bad luck  after a spill at the Round One National  – and Jason MacBeath. Gauteng drivers who will come into their own as the championship trail moves to PE include Jordan Brooks, Anthony Pretorius and Joshua de Paiva, while Liam de Beer is a strong KZN contender.

Mini Rok

Charl Visser is taking on the difficult task of competing in both Maxterino and Mini Rok, the other 60 cc class in the SA Karting Championship, and he is leading this category handily. Kwanda Mokoena from  Gauteng is in second position, whilst filling the remaining  top  spots are Jayden Els, Daniele Patrizi and Saood Variawa, while PE local Joshua Coertze should shine on his home track

Junior Max

Whilst Sebastian Boyd from Cape Town prevailed at his home track on April 2, things could be different in P.E on May 1. Blaine Rademeyer from Gauteng looks strong, while Karl Pitzer from Mozambique is enjoying an excellent debut season in this highly competitive class which regularly sees fields of over 20 karters taking the start line. It will be interesting to see if Daniel Duminy (WP) and Jason Coetzee bounce back after dramatic races in Cape Town which gave their title aspirations a knock.

Dino SterminSenior Max

Dino Stermin from Cape Town and Delon Thompson from Gauteng traded race wins in Round One and these two  young stars are definite favourites in Port Elizabeth. But  Delano Fowler (WP) and Fabienne Lanz (Gauteng) are right in there, with Lanz’s delicate touch definitely suited to the tight Celso Scribante track.

DD2/DD2 Masters

With the DD2 and DD2 Masters series run together there should be a bun fight up front. Apart from Michael Stephen, Julian van der Watt, Jurie Swart, the top three in the championship series, a likely race winner is Cape Town’s Jonathan Thomas who  had bad luck in Round One.  A flat wheel qualifying ruined hi chances of a good result. Benjamin Habig from KZN has shown himself to be capable of winning any type of circuit.


Current Championship points positions (including regional results) are as follows, going into Round Two of the excellent Rotax series:

Maxterino
1.    Joseph Oelz……....120,83
2.    Kai van Zyl ……….103,33
3.    Troy Dolinschek.....100,67

Mini Rok
1.    Charl Visser……………….98
2.     Kawanda Mokoena….......90
3.    Jayden Els………………....89

Junior Max
1.    Sebastian Boyd………………..119,83
2.    Blaine Rademeyer…………….99,67
3.    Karl Pitzer………………………98,67

Senior Max
1.    Dino Stermin………...………115,67
2.     Delon Thompson…………...109,17
3.    3. Delano Fowler…………….107,67

DD2
1.    Julian van der Watt………....120,67
2.    Michael Stephen…………….106,67
3.    Jurie Swart…………………..104,00

DD2 Masters
1.    Michael Stephen…………………120,00
2.    Jonathan Pieterse………………..104,83
3.    Marouan Selmi……………………104,676