HUGE FIELDS EXPECTED FOR ROUND ONE OF THE 2018 ROTAX SOUTH AFRICAN KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP IN KZN ON MARCH 31

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A massive entry is expected for the top-billing DD2 Gearbox class for Round One of the 2018 Rotax South African Karting championship at iDube Raceway, just outside Pietermaritzburg.

Big news is that multiple World Rotax karting champion from Durban, Cristiano Morgado, is making a comeback to karting this season after a break of a few seasons.

KZN drivers are likely to be very strong in many of the classes on their home track, which poses unique challenges as it is located on the side of a very steep hill! In the DD2 class, Benjamin Habig, Jonathan Pieterse, Cristiano Morgado, and Daniel Duminy have all shown great form in the regional events leading up to the start of this year’s National series.

The 2018 South African Rotax Max Challenge series takes place over four rounds at all the major karting centres in South Africa, and Round One at iDube will set the tone for what looks to be one of the best seasons for karting in many-a-year!

Ultra-competitive drivers from Cape Town and Gauteng will see a real dogfight in DD2, the fastest National Championship karting class, where the entry is expected to reach as many as 30 karts! Reigning champion Bradley Liebenberg from Lonehill will have his work cut out to defend his title from not only the likes of Pretoria’s Eugene Brittz and Cape Town’s Luke Herring, who has moved up to DD2 this year after clinching the 2017 Senior Max championship but top GTC drivers Simon Moss and Michael Stephen will add fuel to the fire. Also strong will be Jurie Swart, Jason Coetzee, and Sebastian Boyd, all Cape Town-based competitors.

In Senior Max, Dominic Lincoln from KZN has been looking very feisty in 2018, and it is likely that he will be up against it from the likes of Jason Coetzee and Andrew Rackstraw from the Western Cape, Wayland Wyman and Joshua Dias from Gauteng and Shannon Jackson, the lady driver from East London, who has been improving with every outing. DD2 Masters drivers Jono Pieterse and Nicholas Verheul will be joining the fray

The Junior Max field is another class that will be ultra-strong in 2018, as many excellent drivers have graduated to this class for 12-15-year-olds. Front-runners from the Cape will include Charl Visser, Troy Dolinschek, Jospeh Oelz and Kai van Zyl, while Gauteng aces Jayden Els, Aqil Alibhai, Kwanda Mokoena and Leyton Fourie (the 2017 Mini Max champion) are all potential winners. Other drivers to keep an eye on are Tiffany Napier and Nathi Msimanga.

The Mini Max class for drivers aged 9-13 is expected to be tough, with Cape drivers Mikhail Fernandez, Kyle Visser and Joaquin de Oliveira in the mix with Gauteng’s Josh Le Roux, Jordan Brooks, Reece Fuller and Mandla Mlangeni.

The hugely popular Micro Max class for 7-11-year-olds may exceed 30 entries at this event. 2017 SA champ Muhammed Wally from Gauteng has once again shown excellent form this season, hounded by the likes of Joshua De Paiva and KZN driver Troy Snyman. Expect to see Reese Koorzen, Reza Levy and Joshua Smit from the Western Cape up there at the sharp end of the grid. Local aces in this class at iDube include Uzair Khan and Dhivyen Naidoo.

The event will be televised for more information will be published on www.kart.co.za