PE KARTING IS BACK!

Saturday 3 November 2018 saw an exciting days karting in PE. A revitalized Celso Scribante Circuit with new earth embankments to improve viewing and a healthy entry of karts and bikes reminded me of scenes from the ‘90’s and early 2000’s! Local star Michael Stephen, his mom, dad, wife and AKC Committee have collectively transformed a broken sport into something exiting and growing once again.

Michael Stephen’s MS4 Racing is a low cost series using typical CIK racing chassis, powered by an almost standard industrial 212 cc 4 stroke engine and durable tyres this provides fantastic, reasonably safe and affordable racing. Teams of two or more drivers compete in two one hour races followed by a dash for cash!. At this event the four stroke event followed on the formal MSA sanctioned kart and motorcycle event was concluded.

MSA sanctioned two stroke karting uses light weight high powered specially designed racing engines and high performance tyres. The MSA Bambino class for kids between the ages of 5 and 9 has shown huge growth and twelve youngsters pitted their skills against one another with amped parents shouting from the side lines. Ethan Schultz (son of well known timing guru Eric) won the day but not without young Caleb Odendaal from East London winning the first race. Caleb Moss finished a respectable third. This promises to shape up for an exciting battle in 2019 – especially now that Bambino’s will feature as a National class on the SARMC National Karting Series with the second National round in PE on Easter weekend.

The two-speed Rotax DD2 and DD2 Masters class is SA’s most popular and fastest National karting class and competitors from East London and PE went at it hammer and tongs. Reigning DD2 Masters (and multiple GTC Champ) Michael Stephen emerged victorious but not without a fight from James Moore and Geoff Stephen. East London’s Geoff Stephen took a well- deserved win in the EC and Border Regional title for DD2 class.

The twelve strong Rotax DD2 field, twelve Bambino’s, six  60cc karts and few clubmans karts were supplemented  by a dozen 150cc motorcycles and a few NSF 100’s and so with 39 4-stroke karts waiting in the pits to get on the track the PE circuit looked most impressive and had a festive atmosphere!

Well done to all involved and it is great to see the Scribante family – second, third and fourth generation getting involved along with other famous names from the past - including Jimmy and Justin Price as well as racing legend Shawn Watson Smith all getting involved again.

Saturday the 3rd of November 2018 saw an exciting days karting in PE. A revitalized Celso Scribante Circuit with new earth embankments to improve viewing and a healthy entry of karts and bikes reminded me of scenes from the ‘90’s and early 2000’s! Local star Michael Stephen, his mom dad, wife and AKC Committee have collectively transformed a broken sport into something exiting and growing once again.

Michael Stephen’s MS4 Racing is a low cost series using typical CIK racing chassis, powered by an almost standard industrial 212 cc 4 stroke engine and durable tyres this provides fantastic, reasonably safe and affordable racing. Teams of two or more drivers compete in two one hour races followed by a dash for cash!. At this event the four stroke event followed on the formal MSA sanctioned kart and motorcycle event was concluded.

MSA sanctioned two stroke karting uses light weight high powered specially designed racing engines and high performance tyres. The MSA Bambino class for kids between the ages of 5 and 9 has shown huge growth and twelve youngsters pitted their skills against one another with amped parents shouting from the side lines. Ethan Schultz (son of well known timing guru Eric) won the day but not without young Caleb Odendaal from East London winning the first race. Caleb Moss finished a respectable third. This promises to shape up for an exciting battle in 2019 – especially now that Bambino’s will feature as a National class on the SARMC National Karting Series with the second National round in PE on Easter weekend.

The two-speed Rotax DD2 and DD2 Masters class is SA’s most popular and fastest National karting class and competitors from East London and PE went at it hammer and tongs. Reigning DD2 Masters (and multiple GTC Champ) Michael Stephen emerged victorious but not without a fight from James Moore and Geoff Stephen. East London’s Geoff Stephen took a well- deserved win in the EC and Border Regional title for DD2 class.

The twelve strong Rotax DD2 field, twelve Bambino’s, six  60cc karts and few clubmans karts were supplemented  by a dozen 150cc motorcycles and a few NSF 100’s and so with 39 4-stroke karts waiting in the pits to get on the track the PE circuit looked most impressive and had a festive atmosphere!

Well done to all involved and it is great to see the Scribante family – second, third and fourth generation getting involved along with other famous names from the past - including Jimmy and Justin Price as well as racing legend Shawn Watson Smith all getting involved again.