DOMINANT CAPE KARTERS RETURN TO KILLARNEY

27: Stop that man! Jonathan Aberdien is enjoying a karting purple patch - Pic Heinrich SauerThe Cape karting circus returns to Killarney for the second round of the WP championships on Saturday 23 May with a spring in its step following local drivers sweeping all before them at the recent home national at the same circuit. Local drivers won no less than 16 of the 24 races at the nationals and there’s no pride like home pride, so there will be plenty to play for this weekend.

One man on top of his game is Jonathan Aberdein, who not only took a first and a second in the respective DD2 and 125cc Max Challenge races at the national, but he also totally dominated both those classes in the opening WP regional two months back.

Jonathan, son of former SA race hero Chris Aberdein will be out to continue his double home title quest in both classes this weekend, but he will have his work cut out in the Rotax Max 125cc DD2 gearbox class with Umpie Swart looking for his first victory in the class aboard his Indy Oil Birel and reigning WP champion Jonathan Thomas (Partners Hair CRG) keen on a return to the top of the podium. Never discount Joshua Dolinschek (Makita TonyKart) and CRG duo, newcomer Tristan de Nobrega and the returning Marco Busi along with Masters driver Jonathan Pieters.

Aberdein will also be out to maintain his winning momentum in the open age group Rotax Junior Max 125cc races following wins in both the recant national and in the opening provincial event. Hilton Pieters (Zanardi) is hoping for a luckier weekend in his efforts to curb Aberdein’s winning ways and the likes od Henry Bam (SAKRA Kosmic), Suprocom TonyKart brother and sister Delano and Isabelle Fowler and Byron Mitchell (Dolphin Engineering CRG) are also all hungry for success.    

416: Dino Stermin and Delano Fowler rejoin Junior Max battle - Pic Heinrich SauerOne of dices of the day should come from the high school age Rotax Junior Max 125s, where a delighted national winner Dino Stermin (Designer Trims Kosmic) will be out to defeat regional winner last time out Delano Fowler (Suprocom TonyKart). Neither of those lads however has a clear path to glory, with a gang of gangly teenagers including national Junior Rok class winner Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic), Giordano Lupini (AutoWeek CRG), Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic), SA Mini Rok champ JP Hamman (RKT Kosmic), Dario Busi (Automan TonyKart) and Andrew Rackstraw (TonyKart) all fully intent to steal that limelight

Kohen Bam (SAKRA Alonso) will be out to continue his momentum in the Cape’s new IAME X30 gearbox but chief rival Luke Herring (Kosmic) is hoping for a less troubled day and Kosmic trio Stephen Wells, Jacques De Bruyn and Robert Briggs, as well as Peet van der Walt (PSW Sport Intrepid) are all chasing positive results.

3: The Maxterino kart war continues at Killarney on Saturday - Image - Mark Zeeman Expect Cape Town’s primary school kart classes to deliver their usual stunning action with five-time Killarney national winner Aidan Strydom (Turbo Tech Top Kart) out to repeat his the triple primary school Maxterino 60 victory at the last regional. That is however no foregone conclusion according to his most determined rivals Charl Visser (Battery Energy Kosmic), Joseph Oelz (Clear/GoPro CRG), Tate Bishop (TPB Kosmic), Tyler Croy  (Zanardi), Storm Lanfear (Zanardi) and Troy Dolinschek (Makita TopKart) among several kids in with a shot of victory.

Another new Cape Class are the similar primary school Vortex Mini Rok 60s, where SA champion JP Hamman (Hammanshof Zanardi) Charl Visser (Energy Zanardi) won last time out, while Aidan Strydom (TurboTech TonyKart) dominated the class at the national. Expect fireworks there too.

The under-8 baby Cadet class will be raring to race following a 2-month break since the last round with Jason MacBeath (SATT), Kyle Visser (Battery Energy), Joaquin De Oliveira (Spongebob), Valentino Hoffman (GP Energy), Mischa Williams (Synergy Customs) and Julius Schwager among the under-8 kids looking for baby-kart glory.

You can rely on the ever-entertaining Cape Clubmen to put on their regular fine show with Dayne Angel  (Flatline Birel), Dylan Mitchell (Dolphin TonyKart) and impressive rookie Harry Georgiou (Courier It CRG) among the top class show and the likes of Philip Avenat (Birel) and Jody van Rensburg (Star Response Arrow) to battle for lower class glory.

Don’t miss the action – Killarney is at 6 Potsdam Road Killarney Gardens and the kart track is situated across the main circuit from the main pit complex, where you can expect brilliant racing, a cool atmosphere, good commentary and great grub and drinks at the Kart Café in the pits. Adult entry is R60 per adult. R20 for under-16s and under-12s are free. See you at the Killarney karts!