Rand Kart Club’s Club Race Day Delivers Thrilling Competition and Rising Stars
Over the past weekend, the Rand Kart Club hosted an enjoyable yet competitive Club Race Day. The event showcased familiar names dominating the results sheets, alongside some promising emerging talents. The primary objective was to hit the track and have a fantastic time while some used the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming 2023 RMC African Open, which Rand Kart Club will host at Zwartkops Raceway on October 1st.
In the Rotax DD2 category, a fresh face emerged as the victor: Dusan Radojevic. He narrowly outperformed the experienced Brandon Smith, securing pole position and the final race win. Despite Smith’s two wins, a DNF in race 3 cost him top spot. James Carter, a newcomer to the front ranks, secured third place. Jorden Moodley, Oliver Ehlers, and the talented Delon Thompson completed the results, with Thompson facing penalties from the stewards that didn’t reflect his performance on the day.
Erich Heystek signalled his intentions early in the Rotax Senior Max division by claiming pole position by nearly four-tenths of a second. Troy Snyman secured a victory in race 1, with the top 5 finishers crossing the line within half a second. Heystek then comfortably won races 2 and 3, clinching the overall top spot ahead of Snyman and Kian Spies. Olerato Sekudu finished fourth, followed by Ross Campbell, Jaydon van Breda, and Liam Polome. The standout feature of the day was how closely matched these Rand Kart Club Senior Max drivers were.
In the Junior Max category, a fierce battle unfolded between Jonno Wilson and Kent Swartz. Swartz claimed pole position and a race 1 victory, but Wilson fought back, securing wins in races 2 and 3 for a narrow overall victory. Mauro Da Luz impressed with a second-place finish in the final race and third overall. Regular Mini Max driver Kegan Martin performed admirably in his Junior Max debut. Lady racer Georgia Lenaerts followed, with Torben Roos and Amani Kinyua rounding out the scoring positions, despite Kinyua’s race 3 DNF affecting his overall result.
The competitive Mini Max drivers took to the track, with Reagile Spice Mailula emerging as the standout with two wins. Caleb Odendall secured one win and second place overall, ahead of Franco Gibhard. Emma Dowling, Ruald Hartzenberg, and Zaydaan Hussain closely followed, demonstrating the remarkable parity in this class. Tshepang Shisinwana, who impressed in his Mini Max debut but suffered a DNF in race 2, and Connor Macintyre completed the results.
Micro Max witnessed a tight qualifying session, with Brodi Dowling taking the top spot. Dowling continued his success by winning races 1 and 2, ultimately claiming a narrow overall victory, with race 3 victor Ronaldo Koen in second place and Matthew Shuttleworth rounding off the podium. Benjamin Gibhard, Ruvan Maritz, and Santiago Frade engaged in their battle, completing the top 6 positions, followed by Rumaan Hussain and Alessio Britz.
Lwashu Mathebula secured a spectacular pole position in Bambino, but Luke du Toit dominated the day with three wins, securing the overall top spot. Sebastien Shuttleworth and Mathebula tied on points for the second the third overall, followed closely by Aston Verheul, Ronald Venter, and Alonzo De Oliveira. Caleb Rogers, Maree Milan, and Singapore’s Raphael D’Arielli followed, with newcomer Gabriella Wilford and Kiaan Pillay rounding out the field.
It was another thrilling day of racing at Zwartkops International Kart Raceway, where the competition was all about fun and club camaraderie. Rand Kart Club members are now gearing up for the ‘winner takes all’ RMC African Open before RMC Northern Regions action returns to Formula K on October 28th.