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kw1sIf last weekend’s performance at the same circuit is anything to go by, then Kyalami kid Kwanda Mokoena can only be looking forward to the SA National Karting Championship Finals at Vereeniging Saturday 16 July. 12-year old Kwanda delivered a karting masterclass at the pre-final last week, winning six out of nine races started and taking victory in both primary school 60cc Mini Rok and Maxterino classes.

“I can’t wait for the National Finals!” Kwanda explained. “I could not have had a better build-up at the pre-finals when I won both Maxterino and Mini Rok because I am tied in the lead of the Mini Rok championship and a very close second in Maxterinos. “So if I can just repeat those pre-final results, I can take both championships.

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ch1sSaturday 16 July is a big day for Durbanville, Cape kid Charl Visser, who heads to the Vereeniging SA Karting National Karting Final in the lead of both primary school titles following a double victory at the penultimate national at iDube in the KZN Midlands. Charl leads the Maxterino 60cc by two points and is tied for the lead in the Mini Rok 60cc championship.

“I have had a good year and we go to Vereeniging with a very good chance in both the Mini Rok and Maxterino championships,” 12-year old Charl confirmed. “We also had a good pre national there last week, so we are ready for the National Finals, but it isn’t going to be easy as we will be racing in many of our rivals’ backyard, so may the best man win!”

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vis1sDouble-South African karting championship leader Charl Visser and his rookie younger brother Kyle headed up the Gauteng to and the ‘pre-national’ fourth round of the Northern Regions at Vereeniging at the weekend, where they enjoyed a challenging but successful preparation for their National Kart Finals there in two weeks time.

Charl ended up third overall in the primary school Maxterino 60cc class and fourth in the rival Mini Rok 60cc class after dicing hard throughout the day: “It was a busy weekend racing both classes,” the double SA championship leader admitted. “It’s always tough to come up and race in our rivals’ back yard and it is a big learning curve because we only come here once a year.”

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image001sDaniel Duminy delivered a fine display as he closed his preparations for the forthcoming Vereeniging National Karting Finals on 16 July with a compelling performance at the pre-final races at that circuit this past Saturday, when he brought his SMD Kosmic home third in the closely contested high school 125cc Junior Max class. 

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South African Cadet karter Aqil Alibhai flew home from his British Karting Championship campaign to race against his old rivals at the Vereeniging pre-national meeting over the weekend, where he showed impressive pace with a couple of fine second places on the day.

“It was really great driving back at home again and I was delighted with my performance today,” Aqil explained. “I was also happy to put all I have learned overseas into practice and to be closer to the pace - especially in the final where I had to fight back from 14th on the grid to second after I was bumped off in the second race.”

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