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Championship leader and 2014 SA Maxterino champion Jason Coetzee put his RKT Kosmic onto pole position Saturday morning before driving off into the distance, setting the fastest lap in each race to secure two more pole positions and leaving the rest to war in his wake in all three heats.
CONSISTENT CHAMPION CHARL
Newly 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.”
LADY LUCK CRUEL TO KWANDA
They say that mama warned you about days like this, but Lady Luck and just one and a quarter national championship karting points caused 12-year old Kwanda Mokoena to slip from being the Kyalami Kid to the Heartbreak Kid at Vereeniging on Saturday.
Kwanda headed to the SA National Karting Championship Finals at Vereeniging in an excellent position to score an historic double title in the primary school 60cc Mini Rok and Maxterino classes, but he lost out by just 0.25 points in the Maxterino championship and by a solitary point in Mini Rok.
DANIEL TAKES THE POSITIVES HOME
Ballito kart racer Daniel Duminy was positive after a hard day at the races in spite of being unhappy after losing his championship chance when he was nudged off track to finish down the field in the first of four high school 125cc Junior Max races at the Vereeniging National Karting Finals on Saturday.
AQIL STARS BACK HOME
9-year old South African karter Aqil Alibhai returned home from his British karting duties do deliver a splendid second position in a wildcard appearance at the South African National primary school Maxterino 60cc Karting Final at Vereeniging on Saturday.
Ormonde, Johannesburg lad Aqil has been racing in the British championship this year and was delighted by his performance against his 13-year old rivals, driving like a veteran throughout what was a really busy Maxterino race day. “What a weekend!” Aqil admitted. “We had great pace all the way — all the racing over the past 5 weekends on the trot has really paid off, both back in England and here at home.