Gauteng Kart Championship heads to Zwartkops
The second round of 2021 Gauteng Rotax Max Challenge heads to its Zwartkops International Kart Raceway home track, when another bumper field of drivers is expected to take to the grid at the Pretoria track on Saturday 10 April. Over 100 karts raced at Formula K in Benoni last time out and more of the same is predicted this weekend.
The circuit will open on Wednesday 7 April 2021 after some repairs have been done to the circuit.
Jamie Smith set the DD2 die with two heat wins to edge Nicolas Spanoyannis for the overall win in the premier direct drive class last time, so those two arrive in the hot seats. Brandon Smith, Wayland Wyman, Ian Allnutt, Divan Braak and over-32 Masters men, Morne Janse van Rensburg, Philippe Chapat and Niko Zafiris will be in the mix and Nicholas Verheul out for revenge after his horrible first round.
Kian Grottis is the top chain drive Senior Max class favourite and he will have Tahier Ramlall, Olerato Sekudu, Dane van Heerde, Kyle Pienaar, Ryan Wustmann and Andrew Hill to play with. SA champion Muhammad Wally is the high school Junior Max top gun, but will arch rival Troy Snyman make the trip from Martizburg? Mo will still have over KC Ensor-Smith, Nicolaos Vostanis, Moosa Kajee, Karabo Malemela and Godfrey Malumane to race.
In primary school action Caleb Odendaal should be back to defend under-13 Mini Max honour against Wian Boshoff and Erich Heystek, with Kent Swartz, Georgia Lenaerts and Kgabang Mngadi also likely to chase the front of that pack. Reagile Mailula seems unbeatable in under-11 Micro Max this year, but Rafael da Silva, Kegan Martin, Mattao Mason, Taylin Patel, Aadam Kajee, Cristian Verheul and Johan Nolte are hell bent to, well, beat him.
Kid karters Santiago Frade, Matthew Shuttleworth and Maddox Mason are the frontrunners among the baby Bambini. Shayaan Mohamed, Kayde Cornofsky, Tyron Kinghorn, Bophelo Molatlhegi, Logan Billau, Brodi Cooper Dowling and Rafael de Sousa are among those also in the hunt there, on another packed grid of karts.
Lockdown restrictions sadly still apply, so no spectators are allowed at Zwartkops on Saturday.