Vereeniging set for spectacular karting

160924 CAD SGauteng's karting community will celebrate spring with a bang at the sixth round of the Northern Regions Kart Championship at Vereeniging on Saturday 10 September as most 2016 championship tussles head into the final stretch. Its set to be a busy day at the Vaal Triangle kart track, with no less than twelve championships on the line - from the baby under-8 Cadets to the ever-popular old school 125 GP Masters and the lot in between.


Scott Falconer is the man to beat in the 125GPs, where he holds a slender 10-point championship advantage over Richard Fuller with Migual Dias and Clint Jones in close attendance. Matters are even closer in the Veterans class, where Mauro Munari and Rob Bakewell are split by just four points with Laurance Jones in close attendance and a broad field of capable karters ready to interfere in those title tussles.

Across the other side of the spectrum where some of the kids racing could well be the 125GP Vets grandchildren, the under-8 year old 50cc Cadet kids will see Mohammed Moerat keen to improve on his 20-point title advantage over Judd Bertholdt, while Moosa Kajee, Simile Zamxaka, KC Ensor Smith and Kyle Beukes find themselves in a tight tussle not far behind.

Moving up to the primary school classes, expect Kwanda Mokoena to once again chase those elusive three class wins in three classes as he tackles both Mini Rok and Maxterino, as well as the high school Junior Rok laurels. Mokoena won both Mini Rok and Maxterino classes last time the regional series travelled to Vereeniging, but he will not have it easy this weekend.160924 JUN S

Jordan Brooks leads the Maxterino 60cc championship charge from Joshua de Paiva and Matthew Morrell, with international karter Aqil Alibhai fourth in spite of missing round 3 while racing overseas. Millan Otto is next up from Muhammad Wally, Jagger Robertson, Vassili Lazanakis and Kwanda Mokoena, who has only raced three of the five Maxterino rounds so far, but like the rest of the above, he is certainly capable of winning.

Mini Rok is the other 60cc primary school class racing at the Vaal on Saturday and there, SA champion PE driver Joshua Coertze is keen to do the double, but not if the likes of Jayden Els, Kwanda Mokoena, Daniele Patrizi or super-quick karting lass Cameron Dias have anything to do with it. Never discount Jarrod Waberski, Leyton Fourie and Daniel de Paiva among several kids capable of upsetting this applecart.

Expect the two high school 125cc classes to deliver thrilling action as usual with Junior Max a guaranteed star attraction when Cameron O' Connor and arch-rival Blaine Rademeyer continue to fight it out for the title and Tiago Rebello, Lungile Mginqi, Tiffany Napier and Oliver Guner all ready to pick up the pieces. Kwanda Mokoena leads the rival Junior Rok 125cc high school class by an uncomfortably close margin from Michael Pringle, with Dylan Seely and karting lass Valmerie Volschenk in close attendance.

A step up to the open age classes reveals a most impressive South Arican karting phenomenon with several local ladies leading the way or thereabouts. The Max Challenge 125cc class saw a racing world first all-girl championship top three last time out and so far this year, it's much of the same with Fabienne Lanz, Ivana Cetinich and Shannon Jackson once again all in the top four. The only male interloper is Joshua Dias in second, while Tylan Swartbooi and Delon Thompson are also in close attendance.

160924 SEN SJustin Allison leads the Northern Regions DD2 gearbox class by quite some margin from Nicholas Verheul, Marouan Selmi and another rising lady karting star, Rachelle Du Plessis, with Pascal Acquaah fifth from Janco Venter, Brandon Smith and Philippe Chapat. Verheul meanwhile leads the DD2 Masters title chase from Selmi, Acquaah and Chapat, while Connor Rogers leads Ryan Maroun, Jason Smith and Rachelle Du Plessis in the X30 gearbox chase.

The Vereeniging Kart Circuit is on van Riebeeck Street, Vereeniging next to the Vaal Show Grounds, left off the Boy Louw Street off-ramp heading south on the R59 Vereeniging freeway. Warm-up starts early Saturday 10 September, 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 to the Triangle.