TRIPLES AT THE TRIANGLE

A fresh, bright Vaal Triangle morning greeted the Northern Regions karters at Vereeniging on Saturday, but the cool soon made way to red hot racing as the fourth round of the Gauteng championship got under way on a day that saw several drivers dominate with triple wins on the day.

Delon Thompson (Birel) was one of the many who took triple victories on the day as he continued his domination of the 125cc high school Junior Max class, twice ahead of Cameron O'Connor (Birel) and once from Kosmic pilot Clinton Bezuidenhout. So Thompson took an easy overall win from O’Connor, Joshua Dias (Birel), Dillon van Vuuren (Kosmic) and Bezuidenhout.

Fabienne Lanz (Formula K) similarly took three straight Senior Max 125cc wins over Richard Upton (CRG), who found himself a position many a gentlemen would be delighted with between two lovely ladies in the winning Miss. Lanz and the third placed Ivana Cetinich (Birel) each time, with Juandre Swanson next up ahead of Robert Whiting and another Max Challenge lass, Shannon Jackson.

Two more classes to see triple race domination were the baby Cadets for under-8 year old kids, where Sa'aad Variawa beat Mohammad Wally in all three heats, with Matthew Delpaul, Mohammed Moerat, Khanya Kubheka, Bjorn Bertholdt and Michele Patrizi fighting hare behind them, while Scott Falconer took old school 125 GP honours from Deon Auby each time, while Richard Fuller, Gerald Fourie, Miguel Dias and Neil Smith chased them home.

The rest of the races saw closer fights for victory as Justin Allison (TonyKart) took a split decision to beat Eugene Brittz (CRG) to Rotax DD2 gearbox class honours after the two ended up on even points. But Allison took overall honours win his two wins besting Brittz’ one win and two seconds after Allison dropped to fourth in the final. Chad Maciver was third in all three heats while Kashen Naicker took second in the last race to take fourth on the day from Luca Canderle as Ronnie Baptista took three straight class wins to seal DD2 Masters glory in sixth overall.

Both primary school 60cc classes saw race wins shared, with Kwanda Mokoena (Topkart) taking Maxterino honours two wins to one over Cameron O'Connor, who lost overall momentum with a race 1 problem to leave second and third overall to Topkart duo Trennon Bettany Topkart and Jordan Brooks. Zac Edwards, Zaeem Goolam, Joshua de Paiva and Tyron Donker all raced close to the front all day.

The Northern Regions racers will now pay close attention to next weekend’s Western Province regional races at Killarney as all prepare for the next round of the SA national Karting Championships back in Vereeneging on Saturday 4 July, The next Gauteng round is once again at Vereeniging two weeks later on 18 July.