image001 1The Northern Regions Kart Championship heads back to Vereeniging Saturday for the first time since March Saturday 2 July and with the prospect of the so called Pre National round attracting coastal competitors up to prepare for the 16 July National at the same circuit, the action should serve to warm many a midwinter racing heart.

Three star attractions the Northern Region series has become famous for, are its Senior Max 125cc lady racers who last year not only became the first in the world to fill the podium of any open racing event in individual races and meetings, but also in the overall championship. Rest assured that Fabienne Lanz, who once again leads the title race, and Ivana Cetinich and Shannon Jackson who currently lie third and fourth in the chase, will want to deal with interloper Joshua Dias; the impressive Tylan Swartbooi, Delon Thompson and the rest of their gentlemen rivals.

It’s likely that national championship leader Dino Stermin, Umpie Swart and Delano Fowler from the Cape, Durbanite Robert Whiting and others will be up for the weekend in preparation for the national to make the girls work double hard for that glory. The rival Senior Rok 125s will see championship leader Keagan Masters taking on Sebastian Lanzetti, Stuart White, Luke Hill, Andrea White and Jason Hill among others.

Stepping down to the high school classes, the 125cc Junior Max lads can be expected to put on their usual spectacular display as Blaine Rademeyer defends his slender championship advantage over Tiago Rebello, with Oliver Gunner, Lungile Mginqi, Tiffany Napier and Zachary Dufty in close attendance and Luca Munaretto and Tristan Losch ready to pounce.  

Once again they should expect out of town interference from the likes of Cape rivals Jason Coetzee and Sebastian Boyd, Durbanites Daniel Duminy and Dominic Lincoln and Mozambican Carl Pitzer who will be up to prepare for than national. Kwanda Mokoena will continue to develop his taste for the bigger karts from the NR Junior Rok championship lead, where he takes on Michael Pringle, Dylan Seely, SA’s 2016 CIK Academy karter Jordan North, Jarred Eekhout and Valmerie Volschenk.

In the primary school classes, Jordan Brooks leads the NR Maxterino title chase from Muhammad Wally, Joshua De Paiva, Matthew Morrell
Millan Otto, Anthony Pretorius and Jagger Robertson, but all eyes will be on Aqil Alibhai, who returns from his British karting campaign to race at Vereeniging and SA and WP championship leader Charl Visser, who leads a tough contingent of Cape visitors including Joseph Oelz, Troy Dolinschek and little brother Kyle Visser.

PE driver Joshua Coertze leads the Northern Regions Mini Rok title chase from locals Jayden Els, Kwanda Mokoena, karting lass Cameron Dias, Jarrod Waberski and Daniele Patrizi, with national leader Charl Visser also expected to join the fray in this 60cc class. Also of interest in this neck of the woods will be a demonstration race of the new Micro Rok and Micro Max classes that are set to redefine the kid karting landscape in South Africa.

The youngest karting class, the under-8 Cadets will see Mohammed Moerat out to defend his championship advantage over Moosa Kajee, Judd Bertholdt, Simile Zamxaka, Kyle Beukes and KC Ensor Smith, while on the other side of the scale, the classic 125 GP machines will be driven by a far more mature cast of drivers including Scott Falconer, Richard Fuller, Migual Dias, Clint Jones and Rob Bakewell, while the Masters class there sees Deon Auby and Mauro Munari fighting for the top slot.

The DD2 gearbox class will see Justin Allison not only fighting off lady racer Rachelle Du Plessis and Masters drivers Marouan Selmi, Nicholas Verheul, Pascal Acquaah and Eugene Gous, but Michael Stephens is likely to travel up from Port Elizabeth and Julian van der Watt from Cape Town to prepare for that national in two weeks time. The other shifter class, the X30s will see Connor Rogers taking on Ryan Maroun, Rachelle Du Plessis, Jason Smith and Dominic Dias.

The Vereeniging Kart Circuit is on Van Riebeeck Street, Vereeniging next to the Vaal Show Grounds, left off the off the Boy Louw Street off-ramp on the R59 Vereeniging freeway. Warm-up starts early Saturday 2 July, followed by qualifying and races starting late morning; scrumptious refreshments are on sale at the circuit and entrance is free — sounds like good enough reason for a drive out the Triangle...