CONSISTENT CHAMPION CHARL

1 Maxterino Champion Charl Visser SNewly crowned 2016 South African primary school Maxterino 60cc karting championship Charl Visser played a canny game to win as often as possible and put his Battery Energy RKT Zanardi on the podium at every possible opportunity to seal the title at Saturday’s Vereeniging National Finals. Another consistent run also saw Charl to third in the Mini Rok 60cc championship, while little brother Kyle drove to his best national result yet in his Maxterino rookie year.

“I am absolutely delighted to be the Maxterino champion,” Durbanville, Cape driver Charl admitted. “We have all put so much into it — my dad, my trainer Wesleigh Orr, our mechanic Zefrey Ngobeni and the whole team worked so hard and I need to thank all of them first. “I had to win one race on Saturday to do it and we managed that in race 2.”

Visser however employed a classic tactic of being on the podium at every possible opportunity through the 13-race championship season, with each of his ten races that counted being in a top-three position to allow him to take the title over Kwanda Mokoena by just a quarter of one point. “To finish first we must first finish — we made every race count,” Charl admitted. ”I was also lucky and Kwanda was not, but we did it — 2016 South African champion — it does not get much better than that!”

Visser was in a position to clinch a double title in Vereeniging, but he lacked the pace of his Gauteng rivals at their home circuit, but Charl is more than happy a first and a third in the two national primary school classes in the same year. “I can’t complain with a win and a podium — congratulations to Joshua Coertze on a deserved Mini Rok championship.”

Younger Visser brother and reigning Western Province Cadet Kart champion Kyle also left Vereeniging a happy lad: “That was my best Maxterino national yet,” Kyle admitted. “I am learning all the time and we are now much closer to the pace so I am really looking forward to next season,” the nine-year confirmed. “I am also very happy for Charl — I am really proud of my South African champion brother!”2 Kyle Visser S

The Visser brothers now turn their attention to the Western Province Maxterino championship, with Charl eyeing a double title and Kyle keen to pick up a few local championship positions in the second half of the Cape season.”