GAUTENG KARTING CHAMPIONS CROWNED

800 SMALLWet and rainy conditions failed to put a damper on karting fireworks at the double-points paying the Guy Fawkes Day final round of Northern Regions karting championships on Saturday. Most classes went down to the wire as three drivers stole championships on the day.

 

South Africa’s newest karting world champion Jayden Els was one of the drivers to nick a title on Saturday when he drove to a crushing three-race primary school Mini Rok victory over Daniele Patrizi, who shared out the second places with Joshua Coertze and Kwanda Mokoena, with Jarrod Waberski and Leyton Fourie rounding out the top six.

Els’ triple win was enough for him to dispose erstwhile championship leader Coertze to second and add a regional championship to his existing 2016 world and African Mini Max titles, with the rest of the championship top six running out in the days finishing order.

The other primary school 60cc Maxterino class saw Jordan Brooks take overall victory from race 1 winner Muhammad Wally and Aqil Alibhai, with Vassili Lazanakis, Joshua de Paiva and Jagger Robertson next up. Brooks took the championship from de Paiva, while Wally vaulted from sixth to pip Robertson for third in the title chase, with Matthew Morrell hanging in for sixth from Alibhai, who jumped up from eighth to sixth.

The rainy weather was also the great equaliser in the baby under-8 Cadet class, where Moosa Kajee won two of the baby Cadet races to Mohammed Moerat’s one with KC Ensor Smith third from Luviwe Mdlalose, Judd Bertholdt and Kyle Beukes

Moerat’s second place points were enough for him to jump Berthold for the championship, while Kajee ended up just a single point behind Bertholdt in third with Ensor-Smith sneaking fourth from Simile Zamxaka, Mdlalose and Beukes.

The 125cc high school Junior Max class was another to witness a late change of championship order as Cameron O'Connor sped off to a compelling three race victory ahead of Blaine Rademeyer , with Wayland Wyman and Tiffany Napier sharing third places and Tiago Rebelo and Oliver Gunner rounding out the top six.800 1 SMALL

O'Connor scored enough points to pass Rademeyer and steal the championship, but there was an even more dramatic upshot to third in the chase, as Napier vaulted to third from sixth, a single point ahead of Rebello, who tied with Gunner but took fourth on a count-back, two points ahead of Mginqi, who ended up a solitary point clear of Wyman.

The other high school Junior Rok race was a far more straightforward, but quite historic affair as primary school kid Kwanda Mokoena drove to victory over Michael Pringle, Dylan Seely and Valmarie Volschenk, with the four of them finishing in championship order and Mokoena likely scoring the youngest-ever Junior championship at the entry age limit of just 12 years old.

There was a surprise in the Senior Max 125s when Daniel Duminy took all three wins on his debut in the class, beating Gauteng karting’s famous ladies, Shannon Jackson, Ivana Cetinich and Fabienne Lanz to the win with Joshua Dias and Tylan Swartbooi next up. Duminy’s win had no impact on the championship race, which saw Lanz clinching her second NR Senior Max title on the trot from Dias, Jackson, Swartbooi and Cetinich.

Justin Allison raced to two DD2 gearbox wins to Luca Munaretto’s one as Brandon Smith beat Ivana Cetinich, Janco Venter and Rachelle du Plessis to the minor placings. Allison wrapped up the DD2 championship, while du Plessis moved to second in the title race from Venter, Nicholas Verheul, Smith, Munaretto and Marouan Selmi.

800 2 SMALLRichard Fuller won all three 125 GP races as Miguel Dias, Clint Jones and vets winner Mauro Munari shared second places and Scott Falconer and Paul Dias closed off the top six ahead of Rob Bakewell. The championship top three ended up the same as the day’s finishing order and Bakewell taking the vets title from Munari.

A Micro Max and Micro Rok demo rounded off the day, with Julius Schwaga taking Max and Caleb Cotterel taking Rok honours.

The Northern Regions karters return to action to start the 2017 championship chase at Zwartkops in February.