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Rotax National Round 1 - 102 Entries!

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Welcome to the 2019 Rotax National Championship!

BAMBINO

1 14 Kai van Rensburg
2 17 Rayan Karriem
3 30 Tshepang Shisinwana
4 32 Luan Mostert
5 34 Rebecca Wadeley
6 39 Cristian Verhuel
7 43 Jordon Wadeley
8 45 Troy van der Laan
9 66 Rhoderick Simpson
10 75 Caleb Odendaal
11 111 Jack Moore
12 117 Josh Moore

MICRO MAX

1 627 Mohammed Moerat
2 629 Kyle Beukes
3 636 Enzo Rujugiro
4 637 Jacques Booysen
5 639 Erich Heystek
6 641 Ethan Deacon
7 643 Wian Boshoff
8 645 Reza Levy
9 655 Reese Koorzen
10 656 Luviwe Sambudla
11 658 Kent Swartz
12 663 Anesu Mapumuto
13 670 Caleb Cotterell
14 677 Travis Mingay
15 683 Joshua Smit
16 698 Dhivyen Naidoo

MINI MAX

1 502 Mikhail Fernandez
2 511 Bjorn Bertholdt
3 515 Taya van der Laan
4 519 Matthew Morrell
5 536 Paul Malcolm
6 542 Ethan Stier
7 544 Troy Snyman
8 548 Mischa Williams
9 565 Ghazi Motlekar
10 579 Mandla Mlangeni
11 580 Jason Macbeath
12 588 Giullo Cianfanelli
13 599 Muhammed Wally

JUNIOR MAX

1 414 Aqil Albhai
2 416 Tristan Galp
3 417 Troy Dolinschek
4 419 Kwanda Mokoena
5 427 Storm Lanfear
6 437 Jordan Brooks
7 458 Ethan Coetzee
8 463 Joseph Oelz
9 469 Ndumiso Bungane
10 477 Kyle Visser
11 482 Lorenzo Cianfanelli
12 494 Tate Bishop

Senior Max

1 212 Shrien Naidoo
2 213 Jurgen Pommersheim
3 214 Andrew Thomas
4 215 Reece Oellerman
5 220 Dane Van Heerde
6 223 Michael Jordan
7 227 Storm Lanfear
8 234 Kai van Zijl
9 240 Andrew Rackstraw
10 241 Connor Donovan
11 245 Simon Simpson-Heath
12 256 Luca Canderle
13 257 Charl Visser
14 275 Wayland Wyman
15 288 Taiibi Tucci
16 299 Riley Horner

MAX 175

1 312 Michael Stephen
2 313 Jonathan Pieterse
3 321 Jared Jordan
4 339 Nicholas Verheul
5 381 Erwin Sterne
6 386 Geoff Stephen

ROTAX DD2

1 11 Roman de Beer
2 12 Bradley Liebenberg
3 19 Dominic Lincolm
4 31 Anton Pommersheim
5 33 Jamie Smith
6 39 Nicholas Verheul
7 43 Brandon Smith
8 47 Dino Stermin
9 52 Justin Allison
10 58 Benjamin Habig
11 69 Sebastian Boyd
12 74 Robert Whiting
13 77 Jason Coetzee
14 81 Sharad Bantho
15 84 Jonathan Thomas

DD2 MASTERS

1 101 Michael Stephen
2 111 James Moore
3 115 Brett Brito
4 133 Robert Peche
5 146 Ernst Viljoen
6 146 Andre Steenkamp
7 162 Marco Viegas
8 168 Roy Gruer
9 169 Jonathan Pieterse
10 177 Alistair Mingay
11 188 Conor Hughes
12 199 Justin Walton
     
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ROTAX NATIONAL KARTING | ROUND 1 KILLARNEY PREVIEW

Jonathan Thomas

After a long break to resurface Killarney karting circuit at the end of 2018, the first few months of 2019 have demonstrated the strength of the Cape Town karting community. Strong grids and frenetic racing were the order of the day in the first two WPMC regional race meetings of the 2019 season.

As you read this though, there is a hush over Killarney karting circuit. The mandatory pre-National closure period is almost finished, as the Rotax National circus rolls into the Mother City this week.

The South African Rotax National Championship is contested over four rounds. The grand prize is the stuff of racing dreams – a ticket to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals to be held in Italy in October. For many, this is an important milestone for a career in motorsport.

The local hopefuls aiming to participate at the Naples International Circuit in Sarno, Italy, get another bite at the cherry in the Africa Open scheduled for later this year. They will all want to get their National Championship off to the best possible start though to maximise their chances of winning the all-important ticket.

Bambino (5 – 9 Years)

The Bambino class has grown dramatically at regional level and enjoys National status in 2019. The C50 engine may produce less than 3bhp, but these young stars put on incredibly exciting races at speeds that test the nerves of their parents every weekend.

Of the twelve pint-sized racing drivers who will take to the track, only five are Cape Town locals. Troy van der Laan will return to Cape Town feeling confident after taking the win at the WPMC Regional earlier this month. Luan Mostert, Tshepang Shisinwana and Rayan Karriem are the likeliest sources of headaches for van der Laan, although none of the Bambinos should ever be ruled out from finding significant time on the day.

Reece Koorzen

Rotax Micro MAX (7 – 12 Years)

The Micro MAX class looks set to be a crowd favourite this weekend as 14 karts line up for battle.

Will the Reese Koorzen show continue this weekend? The talented young driver has had very little to trouble him thus far in regional racing this season and will certainly look to carry that form into the National Championship where it really counts.

Mohammed Moerat was the closest to Koorzen in the second WPMC Regional, gaining valuable track insight as he visited from the Northern Regions along with a host of other drivers who produced solid midfield results.

Reza Levy has had a challenging start to the year, but certainly has the talent to get back into the fight with Koorzen. He will need to dust himself off from the WPMC Regional races and dig deep to trouble Koorzen and Moerat this weekend.

As with the other classes, one should never count out the drivers leading the midfield pack from finding time behind the leaders and opportunistically overtaking to upset the podium favourites.

Ethan Stier

Rotax Mini MAX (9 – 13 Years)

Ethan Stier has been the story of the 2019 season thus far, using the experience of his 2018 efforts in Micro MAX to drive to victory in Mini MAX. He withstood the pressure of Northern Regions visitors in the second WPMC Regional to stand on the top step of the podium once more.

Muhammad Wally, 2018 Micro MAX National champion and Africa Open winner, drew blood when he used the WPMC Regional at the beginning of March to scope out the new track surface, taking the win in race 1. Stier will need absolute focus to hold onto the top step of the podium in the National.

The likes of Mikhail Fernandez, Jason MacBeath and Troy Snyman are most likely to keep the Stier-Wally battle honest in what has all the makings of a karting classic.

Rotax Junior MAX (12 – 15 Years)

Kwanda Mokoena, one of the brightest young stars of the sport in South Africa, will get his first taste of the resurfaced Killarney circuit this weekend. Although he was noticeably absent from the WPMC Regional that many other out-of-towners took advantage of a few weeks back, he will no doubt quickly get onto the pace.

Steeling themselves for the onslaught will be the in-form Troy Dolinschek, a rejuvenated Tate Bishop and 2018 Mini MAX national champion Kyle Visser who is quickly adapting to the new class.

Joseph Oelz has followed a Tale of Two Cities approach this year, living in Cape Town but competing in Northern Regions karting. He will also be a force to be reckoned with for the podium.

There is plenty of strength all the way down the 10-kart entry list, split 5-5 across Capetonians and Gautengers. Hold onto your seats!

Senior Max

Rotax Senior MAX (14 Years +)

Wayland Wyman, 2018 Africa Open Senior MAX champion, will arrive in Cape Town brimming with confidence after strong displays at Vereeniging and Zwartkops in the opening rounds of the Northern Regions Championship. Dane van Heerde will bring plenty of Northern Regions heat to the grid alongside Wyman. The two have engaged in titanic battles on the reef in 2019 thus far.

Their Cape Town welcoming committee will be led by 2018 Junior MAX National champion Charl Visser and Kai van Zijl, who has caused a buzz in the pitlane with his pace in 2019. Andrew Rackstraw, Simon Simpson-Heath and Reece Oellerman will fancy themselves to be strong podium competitors too as they prepare for battle on their home circuit.

KZN speedster Shrien Naidoo showed he has Championship-winning pace in the second half of 2018. Rumour has it that he snuck in some track time on the new surface a few weeks back, so expect him to be right on the pace.

The 15-kart field will produce the fastest chain-driven action of the day, with fantastic battles likely to take place all the way down the grid.

Rotax MAX 175 (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)

MAX 175 is a new feature for the Rotax National Championship and is already demonstrating its potential. Catering to older or heavier drivers (but often both), the chain-driven class brings some of South African karting’s biggest names to the grid.

Michael Stephen, Nicholas Verheul and Jonathan Pieterse all have multiple years of karting experience in South Africa and internationally. These karting aces will do battle once more at the sharp end of a field that also includes Erwin Sterne, another experienced karter who has represented South Africa at the highest level.

Geoff Stephen will be keen to showcase East London’s abilities in this class, with Jared Jordan the sole Capetonian in the mix.

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Rotax DD2 (15 Years +)

The level of talent in this class is frightening. It’s difficult to know where to start, really.

The entry list showcases the likes of Benjamin Habig, an astonishingly consistent DD2 title contender. Nicholas Verheul is doing double duty on the day with a DD2 entry alongside MAX 175, doubling up on his chances of a ticket to Italy. Northern Regions powerhouses Roman de Beer (a former GP3 driver) and Bradley Liebenberg (multiple karting champion and current GTC2 driver) will bring loads of experience and talent to the fight.

Capetonians Jonathan Thomas, Jason Coetzee, Dino Stermin and Sebastian Boyd will be relishing the onslaught of top drivers from across the country.

Among the rest of the 15-kart entry list, Dominic Lincoln graduates from his 2018 Senior MAX championship-winning status into the den of fire that is DD2.

Be prepared – this is the closest and most gladiatorial motorsport you can watch in South Africa.

Rotax DD2 Masters (32 Years + or >85kg in your shorts)

As the Masters examine the ferocious DD2 entry list, many of them will be thankful for the decision by the organisers to run DD2 Masters as a separate class this year. The older (but not necessarily more mature) drivers will need to be at work next week Monday with extremely sore bodies, but this won’t stop them from producing racing of the highest order.

Michael Stephen has won more South African motorsport titles than he cares to count. He is a professional racing driver of the highest pedigree, particularly impressive in touring car formats. With arch-rival Cristiano Morgado absent from the entry list, he will be expected to run away with the race.

Jonathan Pieterse, doing double duty on the day, will be the driver most likely to show a nosecone to Stephen at any stage on the day. Capetonians Conor Hughes and Roy Gruer will fancy themselves for the podium, but will need to fight off a strong entry list of Eastern Cape and Natal drivers.

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Conclusion

A karting National is one of the purest and most special motorsport events of them all. The professional racing drivers of the future brush shoulders with household motorsport names in the senior classes.

If you are in Cape Town this weekend and have even a small dose of petrol flowing through your veins, you would be crazy to be anywhere else on Saturday but at Killarney.

Let the games begin…

Issued on behalf of Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)

Picture credit: David Marchio

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STEP BACK - THE KARTING NATIONALS ARE IMMINENT!

The South African National Rotax Max Challenge Karting Championship will explode into action at the Killarney Kart Track Saturday 23 March as the top drivers from around the country converge on Cape Town to join battle with their interprovincial rivals. And with seats on the line for the champions in each class to race in the world championship Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals at the end of the year, the action will have no holds barred from lights to flag throughout the season.
 
The action will be fraught in all classes, not least among the premier DD2 Gearbox racers set to draw the cream of the SA racing crop as usual. The best from Gauteng — multiple SA champion and GTC pilot Bradley Liebenberg, the on-form Nick Verheul and former GP3 racer Roman de Beer are ready to take on Cape kids Jason Coetzee, Jonathan Thomas, Dino Stermin and Sebastian Boyd with KZN lads Benj Habig, Rob Whiting and Dominic Lincoln and Bloemfontein’s Justin Allison running interference. Add Wayland Wyman,  Jamie and Brandon Smith, Anton Pommersheim and half a dozen more and we have the recipe for a bomb.
 
The DD2 Masters for over-31 year old drivers will race in a class alone for the first time at the Killarney national and with their pace last year, multiple SA racing champion Michael Stephen from PE and and Durban’s reining world DD2 Masters, multiple world Rotax Max Champion Cristiano Morgado and Jono Pieterse should start as favourites there. Locals Roy Gruer, Conor Hughes and Ernst Viljoen, Marco Viegas and Harry Georgiou will enjoy home track advantage, but they will have to work hard to counter upcountry competition the likes of Philippe Chapat and Steve Beaumont. Port Elizabeth’s Brett Britto, James Moore and Justin Walton could provide an upset.
 
Senior Max is another key national Rotax battleground with a strong local Cape contingent including reigning SA Junior Max champion Charl Visser, Kai van Zijl, Andrew Rackstraw, Reece Oellermann, Simon Simpson-Heath and Storm Lanfear out to deal with Jozi gang Wayland Wyman, Dane van Heerde and East London lass Shannon Jackson among others. Killarney also sees the first SA national outing for the new Max 175s for older and heavier drivers, where Nicholas Verheul should be the Jozi man to beat and local men Gary Lennon and veteran Johan Hamman will have a strong challenge from Kzn - including Beverly van Heerde who has shown great pace at home. East London’s Geoff Stephen (son of karting and Group N legend Neil Stephen) joins the National road show this year as well.
 
Expect war in under-15 Junior Max, with a wild Western Province class comprising of the likes of Troy Dolinschek, Joseph Oelz, Tate Bishop, SA Mini Max champion Kyle Visser, Ethan Coetzee and Storm Lanfear set to clash with upcountry kids Kwanda Mokoena, Aquil Alibhai, Ethan Coetzee and Jordan Brooks. 
 
South African Micro Max champion Muhammad Wally and form lad Troy Snyman, Matthew Morrell, Jordan Brooks and Bjorn Bertholdt should top the upcountry under-13 Mini Max challenge, but local lad Ethan Stier put one over the visitors at the Killarney pre-national last week, where other Cape kids Jason MacBeath, Mikhail Fernandez and Paul Malcolm and Valentino Hoffman also impressed. Add Northern Regions midfielders Mandla Mlangeni, Ghazi Motlekar, Taya Van Der Laan, Giulio Cianfanelli, Seth Gomes, Tyler Robinson and Nathan Shana and we are set for pre-teen war.
 
Another local lad to sound an under-11 Micro Max pre-national warning was Reese Koorzen, who put one over top Jozi visitor Mohammed Moerat last week, while local kids Joshua Smit, Reza Levy and Ethan Lennon are also ready to defend home glory. They have a lot of work however, considering the upcountry avalanche attacking the Cape including Luviwe Sambudla, Wian Boshoff, Caleb Cotterell, Kyle Beukes, Erich Heystek and Kent Swartz.
 
The baby Bambinos line up for their first ever national championship encounter at Killarney too, with a strong field of locals including Rayan Karriem, Luan Mostert,  Matthew Smit, Jordon and Rebecca Wadeley and Kai van Rensburg laying in ambush for Gauteng kids Tshepang Shisinwana, Troy van der Laan, Cristian Verheul as well as PE’s Josh and Jack Moore and East London hotshot Caleb Odendaal.
 
So, expect a full day of extreme SA national Rotax Max Challenge karting action at the Killarney Kart Track Saturday 23 March. Located on infield of the main circuit with good food and refreshments are available in the Karting Clubhouse and you can expect informative commentary and a cool atmosphere in the kart pits alongside the tightest of racing you will see anywhere — certainly worth diarising…
 
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Photo by Heinrich Sauer
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National Entry List!

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Welcome to the 2019 Rotax National Championship!


Kicking off at the newly resurfaced Killarney Kart Circuit, what was once a bumpy surface is now perfectly smooth!

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BAMBINO

1 14 Kai van Rensburg
2 17 Josh Moore
3 17 Rayan Karriem
4 30 Tshepang Shisinwana
5 32 Luan Mostert
6 34 Rebecca Wadeley
7 39 Cristian Verhuel
8 43 Jordon Wadeley
9 45 Troy van der Laan
10 66 Rhoderick Simpson
11 75 Caleb Odendaal
12 111 Jack Moore

MICRO MAX

1 627 Mohammed Moerat
2 629 Kyle Beukes
3 632 Luan Mostet
4 636 Enzo Rujugiro
5 641 Ethan Deacon
6 643 Wian Boshoff
7 645 Reza Levy
8 655 Reese Koorzen
9 656 Luviwe Sambudla
10 658 Kent Swartz
11 663 Anesu Mapumuto
12 670 Caleb Cotterell
13 677 Travis Mingay
14 683 Joshua Smit
15 698 Dhivyen Naidoo

MINI MAX

1 502 Mikhail Fernandez
2 511 Bjorn Bertholdt
3 515 Taya van der Laan
4 519 Matthew Morrell
5 542 Ethan Stier
6 544 Troy Snyman
7 548 Mischa Williams
8 565 Ghazi Motlekar
9 579 Mandla Mlangeni
10 580 Jason Macbeath
11 588 Giullo Cianfanelli
12 599 Muhammed Wally

JUNIOR MAX

1 417 Troy Dolinschek
2 419 Kwanda Mokoena
3 427 Storm Lanfear
4 437 Jordan Brooks
5 458 Ethan Coetzee
6 463 Joseph Oelz
7 469 Ndumiso Bungane
8 477 Kyle Visser
9 482 Lorenzo Cianfanelli
10 494 Tate Bishop

Senior Max

1 212 Shrien Naidoo
2 213 Jurgen Pommersheim
3 214 Andrew Thomas
4 220 Dane Van Heerde
5 223 Michael Jordan
6 227 Storm Lanfear
7 234 Kai van Zijl
8 240 Andrew Rackstraw
9 241 Connor Donovan
10 245 Simon Simpson-Heath
11 256 Luca Canderle
12 257 Charl Visser
13 275 Wayland Wyman
14 288 Taiibi Tucci
15 299 Riley Horner

MAX 175

1 311 Michael Stephen
2 313 Jonathan Pieterse
3 321 Jared Jordan
4 325 Johan Hamman
5 330 Bev Van Heerde
6 339 Nicholas Verheul
7 381 Erwin Sterne
8 386 Geoff Stephen

ROTAX DD2

1 11 Roman de Beer
2 12 Bradley Liebenberg
3 19 Dominic Lincolm
4 31 Anton Pommersheim
5 33 Jamie Smith
6 39 Nicholas Verheul
7 43 Brandon Smith
8 47 Dino Stermin
9 52 Justin Allison
10 58 Benjamin Habig
11 69 Sebastian Boyd
12 74 Robert Whiting
13 77 Jason Coetzee
14 81 Sharad Bantho
15 84 Jonathan Thomas
16   Brynn High

DD2 MASTERS

1 101 Michael Stephen
2 111 James Moore
3 115 Brett Brito
4 133 Robert Peche
5 146 Ernst Viljoen
6 146 Andre Steenkamp
7 168 Roy Gruer
8 169 Jonathan Pieterse
9 177 Alistair Mingay
10 188 Conor Hughes
11 199 Justin Walton