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MEET THE CAPE'S LITTLEST RACER

Luan1SmallHe may only be six years old, just 1.1 meters tall and weigh in at all of 19 kilos, but little Luan Mostert has big ideas on the racetrack and it all starts at Killarney's opening 2017 season kart races Saturday 11 February.

"I want to be on the podium in this year's Cadet karting championship," the Bastion Primary Grade 1 schoolboy explained. "Then I want to win some karting championships so I can be ready to race a red Ferrari one day."

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TIFFANY SHOOTS FOR THE STARS

680SBritish International school Grade 8 scholar Tiffany Napier caused quite a sensation in her debut year in karting, but as far as she is concerned, this is only the beginning.

The latest in a growing line of South African girl power karters, Roodepoort lass Tiffany raced her first full season in 2016 in the extremely competitive Junior Max Class, following limited experience as she learned the ropes the previous year. "I am proud to have already proven of what a young woman without any previous experience can accomplish," Tiffany explained.

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AQIL'S VISA BYE

Aqil Alibhai will race at Zwartkops instead of England this weekend. Image Werner Viet CopyAqil Alibhai has been forced to miss this weekend's British Kartmasters races after the voting day public holiday caused a delay in the processing of his travel visa. Aqil will instead race in the Zwartkops SA Northern Regions round on Saturday.

"We will not be going to UK after all this weekend," Aqil's dad Fayaaz explained. "Our visas expired and we applied for new and were to receive them today, but due to the elections, they can only deliver passports on Thursday, which is too late to fly, so we are staying home, but we will race in the regionals this weekend."

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DANIEL STEPS UP

680 SmallKarting banana boy Daniel Duminy is champing at the bit as he prepares to step up to the Senior Max class for the first time at Saturday’s Vereeniging Northern Regions finals. Duminy, who enjoyed a positive season in Junior Max alongside a debut season in the Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup on the main circuits this year, can’t wait to get to grips with the more powerful Senior kart class.

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THE COMEBACK KID

1 Daniel Duminy keeps his distance from JP Hamman. Image Mark Zeeman CopyBallito-based Daniel Duminy struggled in his quest to improve his lot in the Cape Karting championship at Killarney on Saturday, but the 15-year old once again showed a steely resolve to bounce back to take a fighting second in the final heat.

The day started well for Duminy, who qualified second alongside championship leader Jason Coetzee on a grid that promised the closest of racing. Daniel at the head of of a group of eight karts that qualified within two tenths of a second in what is likely the most competitive racing class in SA at the moment. It would however prove a touch too close twice too often for young Duminy.

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