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2019 10 10 13 20 19The ATCM has invited South African karters to take part in an international race in Maputo on the 9th of November 2019.

Please see the information provided by the ATCM. It would be great if we can have a proper team of South Africans doing the event!

For more information, consult the information brochure or contact Cris Bouché at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy starts strong at Le Mans

For its first edition, the Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy is already attracting drivers, teams and coaches from around the world. While the Qualifying sessions have just finished, the pleasure of participating in the new world-wide Rotax event is obvious in the Le Mans paddock. The organisation by 3MK Events, in close collaboration with BRP-Rotax, set the bar very high by giving the Le Mans International Circuit Karting a stature it had not yet reached.

In warm summer sunshine, the battle for the Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy began with Qualifying Practice for the six categories in the presence of 296 drivers. The biggest international teams found a great arena to show their skills in a very competitive environment. It is already clear that the winners on Sunday night will be champions to watch. Drivers and teams began to compete under the ruthless eye of the clock on Wednesday night in the Senior and Junior categories after nine Free Practice sessions.

Gazeau on pole in the Senior category
The 91 drivers entered in Senior were divided into three groups. It was the third session that proved to be the fastest with César Gazeau (FRA - FA Kart) taking pole position with 52''932 ahead of Illian Bruynseels (BEL - Tony Kart). Oscar Pellemele (FRA - Sodi) completed the top three ahead of Matilda Olsson (SWE - Tony Kart), Dylan Léger (FRA - OTK) and Guilherme De Oliveira (PRT - Kosmic), the top six overall. Leader of the first session, Lachlan Robinson (ARE - OTK) was 8th while Vincent France (DEU - Exprit), 1st in session 2, was 9th.

Van Vugt impresses in Junior
With 84 participants, the Junior category also needed three sessions for their Qualifying. The performances improved up until the third group in which Mike Van Vugt (NLD - Exprit) ended up achieving a benchmark of 53''452, relegating his direct pursuer, Ryan Shehan (USA - OTK), by more than three tenths of a second, not far from Dani Van Dijk (NLD - Exprit). In the second group, Oli Pylka (POL - FA Kart) had a fastest lap of 53''984 ahead of Florian Rousseau Ricci (FRA - Kosmic) and Callum Voisin (GBR - Tony Kart). The third session was dominated by Sacha Clavadetscher (CHE - Tony Kart), who posted 54''470 on the very last lap, against Theo Antonio Kekati (ARE - Tony Kart) and Miska Kaskinen (FIN - Exprit).

The gap of more than one second between the three sessions led to the application of the 101% rule, which in this case allows the respective positions of the groups to be alternated instead of a ranking on the basis of the clock. Van Vugt was on pole position, followed by Pylka and Clavadetscher.

Cleirbaut fastest of the DD2 Masters
Carl Cleirbaut (BEL - Tony Kart) was ultimately the fastest of the 24 drivers aged 30 and over with a time of 53''095. Primoz Matelic (SVN - Praga) followed by less than a tenth while Scott Howard (AUS - Sodi) was 3rd by 0.171''.

Pole Position in DD2 for Munaretto
Paolo Besancenez (FRA - Sodi) fought with Daniel Machacek (AUT - Tony Kart) at the top of the table, then Lucas Munaretto (ITA - Birel ART) joined the fight, while Xen De Ruwe (SVN - Intrepid) did not finish the session. Munaretto finally secured pole position with a time of 52''392, Besancenez took 2nd place by 37 thousandths and Machacek finished 3rd by 0.129''

Hervas the poleman in Mini at the finish
The young French competed against each other in the Qualifying, joined by Andres Cardenas (PER - Flandria Kart) and Simon Birch Kristensen (DNK - Birel ART). Arthur Poulain (FRA - KR) was for a long time the fastest in front of Jolan Raccamier (FRA - Birel ART), but Valentin Hervas (FRA - Birel ART) clinched pole position in the very last seconds with a last lap of 58''220.

Micro: perfect equality between Strauven and Nijs
Thomas Strauven (BEL - Exprit) and Lenn Nijs (BEL - Exprit) competed for several laps before finishing in the lead with an absolutely identical time of 1'00''949. Christopher El Feghali (LBN - KR) reduced the gap to 59 thousandths and took 3rd place in the closing seconds.

The Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy continues with the Qualifying Heats until Friday evening and a Saturday dedicated to the Finals. The competition can be followed on www.rmc-internationaltrophy.com.

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Rotax African Open - Breaking News!

A new Junior Max Engine with all accessories will be raffled at the Rotax African Open prize giving.

Every competitor from Bambino to DD2 Masters at the event are automatically entered into the raffle. The driver must be present at prize giving to accept the prize.

The engine can be traded down to Micro/Mini Max or up to Senior/DD2!

Category: International

ROTAX African Open 2019 – Vereeniging Kart Circuit – 6/7 July 2019


South Africa's top drivers and visitors from as far afield as Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya will fight it out for a highly sought after invitation to the 2019 ROTAX Max Grand Final in Sarno (Naples), Italy.

Entry List so far


1 14 Kai van Rensburg  
2 17 Rayan Karriem RSA
3 28 Mattao Mason RSA
4 30 Tsepang Shisinwana RSA
5 39 Cristian Verheul RSA
6 43 Jordan Wadeley RSA
7 66 Rhoderick Simpson RSA
8 75 Caleb Odendaal RSA
9 76 Aiden Beaumont RSA
10 77 Keegan Beaumont RSA
11   Tawana Shambare ZIM

Micro Max

1 613 Ntyiyiso Mabunda RSA
2 619 Rayn Asmal RSA
3 623 Mahlori Mabunda RSA
4 627 Mohammed Moerat RSA
5 639 Erich Heystek RSA
6 643 Wian Boshoff RSA
7 645 Reza Levy RSA
8 656 Luviwe Sambudla RSA
9 658 Kent Swartz RSA
10 666 Hriday Pooren RSA
11 670 Caleb Cotterell RSA
12 677 Travis Mingay RSA
13 683 Joshua Smit RSA
14 698 Dhivyen Naidoo RSA
15 699 Muhammad Wally RSA
16   Aadam Kajee RSA

Mini Max

1 505 Carmo Novela MOZ
2 512 Michele Patrizi RSA
3 516 Godfrey Malumane RSA
4 519 Matthew Morrell RSA
5 524 Seth Gomez ZAM
6 542 Ethan Stier RSA
7 550 Nathan Shana MOZ
8 559 Mika Abrahams RSA
9 565 Ghazi Motlekar RSA
10 571 Moosa Kajee RSA
11 579 Mandla Mlangeni RSA
12 588 Giulio Cianfanelli  RSA 
13 599 Muhammad Wally RSA

Junior Max

1 414 Aqil Alibhai RSA
2 430 Greg Malumane RSA
3 437 Jordan Brooks RSA
4 446 Leyton Fourie RSA
5 458 Ethan Coetzee RSA
6 469 Ndomiso Bungane RSA
7 482 Lorenzo Cianfanelli RSA
8 489 Kgalema Mngadi RSA
9 494 Tate Bishop RSA
10   Guilherme Rocha MOZ
11   Lagson Leao MOZ

Senior Max 

1 209 Jeffrey Novela MOZ
2 212 Shrien Naidoo RSA
3 213 Jurgen Pommersheim RSA
4 219 Kwanda Mokoena RSA
5 227 Fabienne Lanz RSA
6 245 Simon Simpson-Heath RSA
7 246 Jason Coetzee RSA
8 250 Jayden Els RSA
9 255 Brent Walden RSA
10 256 Luca Canderle RSA
11 263 Liam Crystal UAE
12 275 Wayland Wyman RSA
13 288 Taiibi Tucci RSA
14 293 Nicholas Wuite RSA
15   Paulo Ramjee MOZ


1 12 Bradley Liebenberg RSA
2 28 Carlo Olivier RSA
3 31 Anton Pommersheim RSA
4 33 Jamie Smith RSA
5 39 Nick Verheul RSA
6 43 Brandon Smith RSA
7 48 Ian Allnutt RSA
8 52 Justin Allison RSA
9 58 Benjamin Habig RSA
10 69 Sebastian Boyd RSA
11 74 Robert Whiting RSA
12 77 Jason Coetzee RSA
13 81 Sharad Bantho RSA
14   Jurie Swart RSA
15   Kyara Rocha MOZ

DD2 Masters

1 121 Tinahe Ncube (M) RSA
2 127 Pascal Acquaah (M) RSA
3 167 Ryan Wilde (M) RSA
4 169 Jonathan Pieterse(M) RSA
5 177 Alistair Mingay (M) RSA
6 181 Erwin Sterne (M) RSA
7 199 Eugene Brittz (M) RSA



  • Micro & Mini MAX will receive air tickets to spectate at the RMCGF. This can be replaced by an invitation to compete at the Grand Finals if a seat becomes available!
  • The Junior MAX winner will receive an invitation to the RMCGF
  • The Senior MAX winner will receive a DD2 class invitation to the RMCGF
  • The Rotax DD2 winner will receive an invitation to the RMCGF
  • The DD2 Masters winner will receive an invitations to the RMCGF
  • Bambino’s will compete for great prizes!
  • MAX 175 will join the Africa Open for the first time in 2019!


The final race of the day is "the winner takes it all!" for all classes. South African drivers have to have competed in at least one local Rotax club, regional or national event in 2019 to be eligable for the prizes.


Competitors receiving an invitation will have the free use of a brand new chassis, new engine, tyres (wet and dry), fuel, oil, trolley, tools, free entry – to the greatest karting show on earth. The event is to be held near Naples in Italy from the 19th to the 26nd of October 2019

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