As day dawned on Saturday 28th July it promised to be a beautiful day for racing. Down at the Border Kart Circuit the teams readied themselves for Round 4 of the Border Championship
First up was the 50cc Cadet class, for kids between the ages of 5 to 8 years. After qualifying it became clear that there would be a strong two way tussle for the lead, as Myles Krause qualified just a tenth of a second behind pole sitter, Caleb Odendaal. It is encouraging to see growth in this category, which is where future champions cut their teeth.
At the end of the day Caleb Odendaal won out overall, with 2 wins and a 2nd place to Krauses 1 win and two seconds. The two of them were the class of the field and produced some very mature racing.
Third place went to young Grayson van Zummeren, who also scooped the Driver of the Day award, ahead of Aiden Green, with PE’s Kylo Barnard in 5th place ahead of new comer Rhoderick Simpson, who came all the way from George to compete.
In the 60cc Junior Class, Kenzo Barnard ruled supreme ahead of a greatly improved Daniel van Zummeren, with Red Scholtz coming home 3rd ahead of Jordan van der Merwe, Jaime Schaefer and Scot Heideman.
In the Clubmans Class, Geoff Stephen won from Jared de Kock, with Ryan Gudmanz coming in third ahead of Kyle Heideman, the latter having a scary moment when his kart suffered complete brake failure on the approach to the hairpin.
The DD2 produced some spectacular racing. Pole man Brent Strydom had an awesome day winning 2 heats and finishing 2nd in the final, giving him the overall win for the day. Kevin Vosloo pulled a rabbit out of the hat to qualify in 2nd spot ahead of team mate Geoff Stephen, who ended up 2nd for the day. Vosloo had an entertaining wheel to wheel race with Shawn Gradwell, making a welcome return to karting, and Jared de Kock. The three of them put on a thrilling race changing positions several times per lap at high speed. It was so close that it was inevitable to end in tears, when Kevin Vosloo and Shawn Gradwell touched on the exit of the hairpin, sending Gradwell into the infield where he damaged a brake disc. The damage only became evident when he braked for Tidal Corner and disappeared into the bush. Thus Kevin Vosloo claimed 3rd spot ahead of a hard charging de Kock.
The Academy class had a depleted field, with several of their drivers progressing up to the newly formed 4 stroke invitational class, but the Petzer family continued to dominate the Academy class with Morgan Petzer taking 1st place from Jason Collins and Tim Ball in 3rd ahead of Enkosi in 4th and Aphele in 5th place.
The newly introduced 4 stroke Invitation race provided a mix of old experienced drivers with new talent fresh from the Academy. Here Cassidy Petzer drove a magnificent race winning the first and third heat, where second placed Jono Stephen scored a win in heat two but lost out in the final.
Brad de Kock earned a solid 3rd place ahead of Alistair Simpson and Neil Stephen with Derrick Pratt rounding of the top 6.