In nearly perfect weather conditions a great turnout of 47 karters took to the track on Saturday 16 February, across 6 different classes of racing. It is indeed encouraging to see renewed interest in the sport yielding numbers last seen several years ago.
The Bambino Class, which is the nursery for karting for kids from just 5 to 7 years old, saw some new faces making their debut. The class was won by Caleb Odendaal, a veteran of this class if that’s possible, followed home by arch rival Myles Krause, and Lincoln Randall having his first outing in an impressive 3rd place. It was encouraging to see Arobelle Krause mixing it with the lads, after suffering some health scares in recent weeks, and we trust that as she returns to full strength she will become a force to be reckoned with. Traiton Boshoff, another new comer with racing heritage, finished in 5th spot.
Interesting developments have taken place in the Junior class, where two manufacturers with vastly different approaches, have somehow produced machines which yield very similar lap times. In the interests of growing the sport the two classes run together but score separately, yet the top 4 spots in qualifying were just 0.4secends apart. Jordan van der Merwe, Redd Scholtz, Tyler Stephen and Caleb Odendaal put on a breath taking display of close racing, with final line honours going Tyler Stephen’s way as he won overall on his racing debut, clinching the win for the Micro Max class as well. He was followed closely by team mate Caleb Odendaal, with 3rd in class going to Queenstonian Scott Heideman. The Mini Rok class was won by Jordan van der Merwe ahead of Redd Scholtz and Myles Krause. The level of competition at the top of this class yielded some classic racing,
The newly formed 4 Stroke Clubmans A Class, which is a spin off from the S2R Corporate series, is where a great deal of growth has taken place. The field had 18 starters, and was comprised mostly of competitors who are new to the sport. It is a really inexpensive was to go racing and ensured close competition right through the field. The Choudree brothers were in top form with Brady taking the win from Bryce in 3rd spot. Leeroy Randall drove a storming race to challenge Brady Choudree at every turn, finally separating the two brothers by clinching 2nd spot. Lee Sinnott put in a stellar performance to finish 4th in his first karting race ahead of the 2017 S2R Series Champion, Jason Mark, making a welcome return to the track, just edging out the ever improving Greg Thompson, with TKY’s Derek Pratt in 7th,Andre Shrier8th, Charl Arendse 9th and the top 10 being rounded out by Asande Mkhize, just edging out Calsey-Anne Pratt.
The Class B of the 4 stroke Clubmans was won by Kazimla Majava from Jason Collins with Junay de Kock taking the last step on the podium
In the Clubmans A Class, Geoff Stephen had a lonely outing, running up front in a shakedown test for his intended challenge at nationals in 2019.
Clubmans Class B was a hotly contested affair, finally going the way of Queenstown school boy Ryan Gudmanz with Jarryd de Kock putting on a fine display on shredded tyres to take 2nd. Newcomer Keagan Rhind showed good pace to come in 3rd ahead of Kyle Heidemann in 4th.
In the DD2 Class Geoff Stephen ran out an easy winner, from Team Mates Kevin Vosloo and Jono Stephen in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with Jared de Kock in 4th. Eli Vegara made a welcomed return to the track, losing a wheel in the final put paid to his challenge against Jono Stephen.
The Driver of the day award went to Tyler Stephen, for winning the Junior Class in his debut race.
The next event is scheduled for 16th March, and if the season opener is anything to go by, it promises to be another cracker. Anyone interested in competing in karting is encouraged to make contact with the Chairman , Joe Borges, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Geoff Stephen at email@example.com
By : Neil Stephen