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Girl power!World first all-girl karting podium was for overall honours after all

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Giordano Lupini (416) ended up with Dominic Lincoln’s kart on his lap at the SA Kart Nationals on Saturday. Lupini recovered to finish this race before racing to third in the finale later in the day. Image: Heinrich SauerThe opening meeting of the SA national Junior Max karting season proved a bittersweet weekend for Giordano Lupini at his home track at Killarney in Cape Town on Saturday.

It started with a lonely seventh in the first heat but the second race proved a crunching affair after Giordano’s AutoWeek CRG was nudged off early on and found he himself caught up in a midfield dogfight ultimately cut short by a red flag. That spat continued into an incident among a group of karts on first turn of the restart that saw Gio quite literally end up with another kart on his lap.

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Mathew Swanepoel in Rotax Max Grand Finals

Mathew SwanepoelMathew Swanepoel,15, from Durban is one of the talents who is participating in the Rotax Grand Finals 2010. This 11th edition is being held in La Conca in Italy. Swanepoel is one of the South Africans who qualified for the “the Olympic Games in motorsport.”

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Lupini 1Lightning they say, sometimes strikes twice. And that’s exactly what young Giordano Lupini will be hoping for when he goes into battle with his Junior Max rivals at Killarney’s opening Rotax Max Challenge SA national championship karting races on Saturday.

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2010 ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE – Champion Driver quotes

Karting Genk, Belgium: 5TH September, 2010

ROTAX SENIOR MAX     Joey Van Splunteren [NED] – DFK/Gillard

“Well, it doesn’t feel like I’ve won this yet. Over the whole weekend we just watched Tom Fawcett seeing that he could still take the title. Friday we had a bit of a problem, then Saturday we tried a lot of things with the set-up and Sunday with new tyres it just wasn’t quick enough. In the pre-final I had a bad start when I was pushed around, but I came through from P23 to 7th. When I overtook Fawcett, I was thinking already that I was the champion. In the final I drove three laps and had some contact with another kart, so I came in because I didn’t need to race. Thanks to everybody who supported me; Tim at DFK/Gillard and all the team, my mechanic and my dad.” 

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