LAN SmallMotorsport fans can look forward to explosive racing when Vereeniging’s 2016 Northern Regions Finale will see the year’s Gauteng karting titles clinched on Guy Fawkes Day Saturday 5 November. And while some classes tipped on a knife’s edge and others seem a little clear cut, rest assured that the fireworks will be most appropriate in the eighth and final championship round.

Starting with the babies, there’s an extreme battle going down in the under-8 Cadets, where Judd Bertholdt holds a narrow five-point championship advantage over Mohammed Moerat, with Moosa Kajee, Zamxaka Simile and KC Ensor-Smit close enough behind to close the gap down and Luke Hill ready to spoil everyone’s party.

A step up to the primary school classes sees SA champion Joshua Coertze 12 points clear of SA’s newly-crowned world champion Jayden Els in the championship chase, with Daniele Patrizi, Kwanda Mokoena and Jarrod Waberski in a tight tussle over third. The other primary school 60cc Maxterino class sees Jordan Brooks in a handy championship lead over Joshua de Paiva, who on the other hand has Jagger Robertson, Matthew Morrell and Kwanda Mokoena in hot pursuit.

Among the closest Gauteng kart title battles is for the high school Junior Max 125cc class, where Blaine Rademeyer leads Cameron O’ Connor by all of two points, but with the likes of Lungile Mginqi, Oliver Gunner, Tiago Rebelo and Tiffany Napier lurking, that title fight could well go down to any of the last four beating either of the favourites as Gunner did last race. Kwanda Mokoena should have little issue in wrapping up the high school Junior Rok 125cc title, which he leads by a handy margin from Michael Pringle and Dylan Seely, but don’t discount Jordan North there.

The open classes also hold much interest, with karting heroine Fabienne Lanz just 13 points clear of the charging Joshua Dias in Max Challenge. Lucky or unlucky? Shannon Jackson lies third from Tylan Swartbooi and Ivana Cetinich, but keep an eye out for Rachelle du Plessis, Delon Thompson, Nicholas Verheul and Erwin Sterne among this lot.

Justin Allison leads Nick Verheul by just two points in the DD2 gearbox title chase, with Rachelle du Plessis third from Janco Venter and Brandon Smith, but Luca Munaretto is the current form guy in the class, looking to make up championship positions following a late class switch. Verheul has already clinched the DD2 Masters title, where the fight is for second between Marouan Selmi and Pascal Acquaah.FA Small

The last Northern Regions karting titles up for grabs are the old school 125 GP shifter gongs, where Richard Fuller holds a comfortable title advantage over the duelling Miguel Dias and Clint Jones, with Ian Basson and vets leader Rob Bakewell next up and fending off Laurance Jones and Mike Venske.

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 5 November followed by qualifying and first races starting late morning; scrumptious refreshments are on sale at the circuit and entrance is free — sounds like proper Guy Fawkes entertainment...