One would never say it is Autumn in KZN.  Today the 2nd round of the Rotax SARMC KZN Regionals was held in sweltering heats with temperatures going up to 29 degrees at Idube Raceway.  All the classes were very well represented and competition was tough, racing was exciting and overall an amazing family day at Idube. 

With Round 1 being a bit of a challenge for Habig who had to put all his efforts into securing a good 2nd place overall for the day with two 2nd places behind De Beer, and one third behind Whiting, the heat was on for today’s round.  Habig was due to race in the older generation chassis, but fortunately the new rail arrived on Friday and the team could prepare it for testing on Saturday during pre race day practice.  “We were able to get some laps in and do some work on the set up on Saturday, and I feel we needed a few more laps to have it perfect, but we ran out of time,” said Benj.  After free practice on Sunday morning a few minor adjustments were made, and then it was qualifying.  Roman de Beer has registered to score points in the KZN SARMC Regionals and has now become a regular visitor to Idube. 

“It is good to have some new blood in the class, and that includes Dominic Lincoln who has made and excellent transition to DD2.  It keeps the rest of us a little more alert,” he added.  “So qualifying was quick and Roman was on a 43.744 and I posted a 43.803 giving me front row alongside Roman.  Heat 1 was very close racing and I managed to take the lead and finish first, but behind me Dominic Lincoln and Robert Whiting had a huge dice and Dom took 3rd.  With fastest lap time, I was on pole for Heat 2, and under the conditions it was a good place to be.  Once again it was close, heated racing and an incident behind me saw Robert Whiting move into the 2nd spot, with Sharad Bantho in 3rd and Dom in 4th.  Unfortunately Roman had a technical issue at the start – always frustrating for any driver – which he managed to repair on track, but he lost a bit of time yet he managed to finish in the points, posting the fastest lap.”

Heat 3 was a do or die, as Roman was on pole with Habig alongside him, but a move by Habig in hairpin saw Habig take the lead, but before the end of the lap Roman was ahead again with Habig in hot pursuit.  The very next lap Habig passed De Beer on the exact same corner, and from there he led the race to the chequered flag giving him a perfect score for the day.  It was another 3rd for Dominic and a 4th for Rob so the KZN boys certainly put up a great show today.

“Hard work in the heats, but it all paid off, and I am really very happy with the overall handling of the new rail, and I think once we spent a bit more time on the set up, the No 58 TonyKart will be very competitive in Port Elizabeth next week for the next round of the Rotax SARMC National Championship,” he concluded.

Habig finished 1st overall, extending his lead in the KZN Regional Championship, De Beer was 2nd and Whiting in 3rd.  With very competitive, full field classes today, Habig was awarded ‘Driver of the Day’.