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."

Six year old Luan is by definition a third generation driver - although the second generation as as they say in Afrikaans, is aangelap through his dad after grandpa - well-known Cape racer Franco Donadio spawned a generation of girls. Either way, the Italian racing blood runs thick - nono Franco is a three-time South African Midget Champion, who recently made a comeback in Killarney's V8 Masters as well as in his immaculate Ford Escort in the Cape Classics.Luan 2Small

Now Franco has taken his grandson under his wing and he's teaching him all he needs to know about the art of racing. Luan started racing Cadets in 2016, although a broken arm intervened to delay his debut until September, but young Mostert was quickly up to speed under the watchful eye of his karting guru, Luke Herring. Luan has developed strongly under his mentor, even winning the Kito Kup trophy handed to the most impressive Cadet driver every race by Cape kart legend Kito Perdigao in his first race.

"I love racing," Luan admits. "I also love being at the kart track and learning from my racing friends. "I can't wait for the new season to start!" Keep an eye out for Luan Mostert, not only as he starts his first full season of racing, but also going forward - his passion is sure to see him to a top race career...