Category: Regional

HAT TRICK FOR HABIG AT ROTAX SARMC KZN REGIONALS – ROUND 2

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’.

Category: Regional

Bambinos shine at PE Regional Events

18 Rotax DD2’s lined up on the grid at Saturday’s regional karting race in Port Elizabeth. Close racing saw Kzn’s Benjamin Habig take the overall win with local Star Michael Stephen winning the Masters class.

Pole setter Michael Stephen in front of a 18 kart DD2 field

A 12 strong Bambino Class (competitors 5 to 9 years old dreaming of racing DD2’s sometime in the future!) entertained the crowd on (and off the circuit) with their brave overtaking moves and going three wide into corners.

Eventual winner Rayan Karriem

Eventual winner #17 Rayan Karriem (Cape Town) leads hard charging #75 Caleb Odendaal   

Local lad Caleb Moss finished fourth overall

#88 Caleb Moss (PE) leads #30 Tsepang Sishenwana (Gautang) who ended second overall and young Moss 4th

Arabelle Krause and Isabel Ferreira

The two local girls #47 Arabelle Krause and #44 Isabel Feriera  picked up their pace and will be ready to show the National visitors the way around on the 21st of April 2019 at the SA Rotax karting Nationals  

Category: Regional

KILLARNEY KARTS STUN CAPE CROWD

WP Rotax Max pre-national delivers the goods

Thomas took DD2

The second round of the Western Cape Rotax Max Karting Championship delivered brilliant racing at Killarney on Saturday as several drivers used the weekend as their final preparation for the Cape Town circuit’s upcoming 23 March national championship opener.
 
Jonathan Thomas took the opening of three thrilling DD2 gearbox race wins from Dino Stermin, Johannesburg visitor Nicholas Verheul, Jarryd Evans and Sebastian Boyd. Thomas took the second heat too, over Jason Coetzee, who came from the back after a first race issue, Boyd and Evans, before Coetzee took the final from overall winner Thomas, Boyd, Verheul, Evans and Stermin. With a huge grid of DD2s set for the nationals, fans should expect fireworks come 23 March
 
In DD2 Masters for over-31 year old drivers, Roy Gruer took the opening heat of a record field for the local class from Conor Hughes and Ernst Viljoen, before Hughes took the second race from Marco Viegas and Gruer. Gruer was however back on top to take the final win over Viegas and Harry Georgiou to wrap up the overall win for the day. DD2 Masters will run in a class alone for the first time at Killarney’s upcoming national.
 
Visser won Senior
 
Kai van Zijl opened his Senior Max day with a win over last weekend’s Formula 1600 race winner Andrew Rackstraw, Charl Visser, Reece Oellermann, Simon Simpson-Heath and Storm Lanfear, before Visser bounced bacl to take the second heat from van Zijl, Rackstraw, Oellermann, Lanfear and Dane van Heerden. Visser went on to take the final too, once again from  van Zijl, with Simon Simpson-Heath third from Rackstraw, Oellermann and Lanfear as Visser pipped van Zijl to the overall win by just a point. Proper racing indeed!
 
Nicholas Verheul took the opening win of an encouraging new Max 175 field for older and heavier drivers from Gary Lennon and Erwin Sterne. Verheul repeated the win in race 2 from Lennon and Jared Jordan before taking the final win too, to make it a clean sweep over veteran Johan Hamman and Sterne. Max 175 fights with the mid pack in Senior Max - impressive considering their 15kg extra and many years more and this new class should thrill at that first national, with a strong field of KZN rivals expected in the Cape that weekend. 
 
Bishop took Junior
 
Troy Dolinschek picked up where he left off last time out with a high school Junior Max win over Tate Bishop, Kyle Visser, Joseph Oelz, Ethan Coetzee and Storm Lanfear, before Bishop turned the tables to beat Dolinschek to the race 2 win ahead of Visser Oelz, Lanfear and Coetzee. Bishop then added the final win to clinch overall honours for the day ahead of Dolinschek, Visser, Oelz, Lanfear and Coetzee. The prospect of the likes of Kwanda Mokoena, Aquil Alibhai and others are set to add even more spice at the national.
 
Mini Max
 
Upcountry lad Muhammad Wally raced the under-13 Mini Max races in preparation for the national and promptly put one over locals Ethan Stier Jason MacBeath and fellow Gauteng visitor Troy Snyman, with local lads Mikhail Fernandez and Paul Malcolm next up. Stier took revenge over Wally, MacBeath, Fernandez, Snyman and Valentino Hoffman in race 2, before taking the final too over Wally, MacBeath, Fernandez, Snyman and Malcolm, Stier’s star wins were enough to lift the overall winner’s trophy for the day. 
 
Koorzen took Micro
 
Local lad Reese Koorzen took an under-11 Micro Max opener heavily weighted by upcountry visitors over Jozi lad Mohammed Moerat, local kids Joshua Smit and Reza Levy, Luviwe Sambudla and Ethan Lennon. Koorzen then held off Levy, Moerat, Sambudla, Lennon and Erich Heystek in heat 2 and Moerat, Smit, Sambudla, Lennon and Ethan Deacon in the final to take a dominant overall win for the day. Micro Max is another tantalising national championship prospect
 
Van der laan beat Bambino locals
 
The baby Bambinos also had several visitors down from the north on Sunday as Rayan Karriem fended off intruders Troy van der Laan and Tshepang Shisinwana and local Luan Mostert in a four way fight. Rookie Jordon Wadeley next up ahead of Pretoria lad Christian Verheul. Van der Laan then got the better of the locals beating Karriem, Mostert and Wadeley to race 2 ahead of Shisinwana and Matthew Smit, before van der Laan wrapped it up with a final win over Shisinwana, Mostert, Wadeley, Verheul and Smit, while 6 year old Kai van Rensburg amazed on his first ever outing. Bambino’s first ever nationals look most promising when several other upcountry kids join the party.
 
Karting eyes are now firmly on the opening Rotax Max National at Killarney 23 March before the second round in Port Elizabeth on Easter weekend. The next WP round is on Saturday 18 May at Killarney