Category: National


What South African Rotax Mini Max Challenge Round 1 Report
Where iDube Kart Raceway, KZN
When Sunday 23 August 2020
Community South Africa National

Morgado, Mason star in season opener

The opening round of the 2020 South African Rotax Max Challenge national karting championship proved some way beyond expectations at iDube near Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Not only did the well run event attract an entry close to that of last year’s race run in normal circumstances, in spite of it running without spectators to strict lockdown rules, but some cracking racing on the day also proved hugely entertaining.
Morgado magic1
At 41 years old, Durban hero Cristiano Morgado is very much the Valentino Rossi of South African karting and the multiple Rotax Max World Champion was at it again as he beat among SA’s finest young racers to top class DD2 gearbox kart honours on Sunday. Morgado shared two wins apiece with multiple SA DD2 champion Bradley Liebenberg, but the older driver’s second and third places in the other two heats versus two fourth places for the young gun, secured the top class win for the seasoned home hero on the day.
Another local lad, Robert Whiting impressed with a trio of thirds and a second to take a close third for the day behind Liebenberg, while Jamie Smith’s second heat third place saw him beat Jason Coetzee to third overall on a tie break, with Sebastian Boyd next up from Nicolas Spanoynnis, Niko Zafiris and Divan Braak.
Pretoria driver Nick Verheul made no mistakes as he trotted to a maximum score with four race wins over-30 DD2 Masters over SA champion Jonathan Pieterse. Shane Foley ended up third overall ahead of a spat for fourth between Eric Marzoppi and Ryan Wilde, resolved in Marzoppi’s favour, while Cody Sherratt rounded out the top six.
Open class chain-drive Senior Max was another star attraction of the day, with three different drivers winning the four heats, but it was another local lad, Shrien Naidoo who emerged victorious on Sunday evening, with his second and fourth race wins. That was enough to keep race 3 winner Charl Visser, Brett Waldon, Jason Coetzee, heat 1 winner Tate Bishop and local karting lad Riley Horner at bay, while another local lad Dane van Heerde also impressed racing an aged chassis he shared with his mum, who also raced it in the Masters class.
Talking Max Masters, Sean Foley beat Richard van Heerde two races to one to take overall honours in the chain-driven class for older and bigger-boned drivers with Richard Horner scraping in for third ahead of Dane’s mum Beverley van Heerde, Dean and Allan-Jon Rice. 
In the kid karting classes, the unbelievable baby Bambinos made for perhaps the races of the day, with wildly different results covered by the tightest of margins through the day. Mattao Mason however made best of the chaos as he took a couple of wins to take the winner’s trophy from the consistent Aiden Beaumont and Harry Rowe, whose podium positions in their races put them onto the overall podium steps.
Matao Mason topped Bambino
They ended up ahead of Manelisi Nkomo, Cristian Verheul and Caleb Moss, while Rafael da Silva and Matthew Shuttleworth both won heats on the day, but issues in their other heats saw them well down overall in a splendid day of kindergarten level racing that also proves SA motorsport has a really bright future.
Stepping up a class to under-11 Micro Max, Cape Town lightie Reese Koorzen commenced his SA title defence in fine style, with a trio of race wins to comfortably take the day, but the race behind him was sublime. Keagan Beaumont overcame Caleb Odendaal, Reagile Malula, Hriday Pooren, race 2 winner Mo Moerat, Uzair Khan and Travis Mingay, with just eleven points separating the eight of them.
Under-13 Mini Max proved to be a Ghazi Motlekar benefit as the Dainfern youngster motored to four wins on the trot for a perfect start to his national campaign, although he did have to work a little for that. Motlekar had to fight off Klayden-Cole Ensor-Smith, who took a trio of seconds and a third to emerge as runner up over race 2 second-placed lad Luviwe Sambudla, with Joaquin de Oliveira fourth from Reza Levy and Erich Heystek. 
Junior Max charge
Moving up to high school Junior Max, class rookies Muhammad Wally and Nikolas Roos could only be separated by Wally having taken a pair of seconds versus Roos coming home a second and a third in their other races, after the two shared two wins apiece. Second race second lad Dhivyen Naidoo ended third for the day ahead of Ethan Stier, Tyler Robinson and Juandre Nel.
The various Rotax Max SA champions, as well as the class winners in the 15 November Rotax African Open at the stunning new Formula K circuit, will qualify for the so-called Olympics of Karting Rotax Max Grand Finals at Portimao, Portugal on 24-29 January 2021.
Before that, the second and third rounds of the 2020 Rotax Max Challenge South African Karting Championships take place back-to-back, with a meeting apiece on both versions of the freshly renovated Zwartkops International Kart Raceways’ two new track formats on 19 and 20 September, before a four-heat Final at Killarney in Cape Town on 17 October.

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Category: National


We are excited to announce the resumption of the Rotax Max Challenge SA National Championship and the Rotax African Open.

The Rotax World Final has been moved to 24-29 January 2021 in Portimao, Portugal to allow participating countries around the globe to extend their National series and so the final date for qualification for the RMCGF is on 15 November 2020. We plan to run the Rotax African Open on this weekend at the stunning Benoni Business Park circuit on their CIK layout (subject to the circuit being licensed by MSA).

The SARMC National Championship has changed to accommodate the Covid lockdown as follows:

There will be 14 National heats in the championship – and the best 10 races count.

  • 23 August 2020
4 Heats iDube Raceway, Pietermaritzburg
  • 19 September 2020
3 Heats Zwartkops Kart Raceway ‘A’ layout, Pretoria
  • 20 September 2020
3 Heats Zwartkops Kart Raceway ‘B’ layout’ Pretoria
  • 17 October 2020  
4 Heats Killarney Raceway, Cape Town

* All dates to be confirmed by Motorsport South Africa

Keeping costs down

For the budget conscious competitors, we have made it possible to win the championship by only doing the Zwartkops double header and either Cape Town or iDube. Naturally, we would love to see you at all three events and the Africa Open too!

Tyre costs will be limited. Only one set of tyres for practice. The practice tyres (new or used) must be scanned before your first official practice session and will be checked before or after each session thereafter. Bambino, Micro, Mini and Junior Max may continue to qualify and race, all on the same set of tyres. Micro, Mini and Junior Max may choose to purchase one set of race tyres from the organizers, but senior classes must purchase one set of race tyres with the entry for each event  

For the double header event at Zwartkops only one set of practice tyres (new or used will be allowed) from Thursday. Only one new set of new race tyres will be allowed in senior classes and must be used to qualify and race on both race days.  For Bambino, Micro, Mini and Junior, used tyres are allowed in the racing as well.   

To level the playing field for out of town drivers coming to the new Zwartkops we propose a full day practice on Zwartkops layout ‘B’ (to be known as SPOKTRAWZ) on Thursday the 17th and then the full day Friday the 18th on the original ‘A’ (Zwartkops) layout. Saturday the 19th race will be 3 heats on Zwartkops and Sunday the 20th , 3 heats on SPOKTRAWZ! Saturday and Sunday will score separately.

In 2020 given the reduced season, only your best 4-regional heats (and these divided by 4) will score for the SARMC National. As all National races in 2020 will double up as regional events (for local competitors) we will be counting the regional results from these events. Most regions have had their first SARMC scoring round and the new regional dates for round 2 will be published by your region soon. To keep the scoring simple, there will be no bonus points for regional starts this year.

Safety in Mind

  1. MSA COVID protocols in force at the time of the event will be respected.
  2. Each kart entered will be limited to number of pit crew depending on the age of the competitor at an event. Numbers will be specified in the event SR's.
  3. Social distancing will be maintained and drivers briefing will be recorded and available to all drivers on the Rotax Global App.
  4. All documentation will also be done remotely. No cash payments on the day.
  5. Face masks to be worn at all times.

We look forward to seeing you at the track again in our “New Normal”!

Happy Maxxing