Revenge on the menu at Rotax round 2
The second round of 2019 Western Province Rotax Max karting championships is likely to see drivers vanquished last time out seeking vengeance over rivals who were in dominant form last time out at Cape Town's Killarney Kart Track come Saturday 9 March. Several drivers won all three races in most classes in the first round and all of them will have targets on their backs come Saturday 9 March.
Jason Coetzee will be the man to beat in DD2 and he will be buoyed by a great main circuit race debut last weekend so he will have an extra spring in his step in that quickest gearbox class. But another multiple WP and SA champion, Dino Stermin will be counting on a clean run to topple his young rival and class veteran Jonathan Thomas and another young gun, Sebastian Boyd, Jarryd Evans and Waldo de Wet will be in the mix too. Expect Connor Hughes to fight off Ernst Viljoen, Marco Viegas, Andre Steenkamp, Robert Peche, Roy Gruer and Harry Georgiou in over-31 DD2 Masters.
SA Junior champion Charl Visser was unstoppable on his Senior Max debut last time out, but old rivals Simon Simpson-Heath, Kai van Zijl, Storm Lanfear and Reece Oellermann are all keen to break his run, while older men, Andrew Thomas and Michael Jordan will be chasing the kids too. The new Max 175 class can be expected to entertain after Gary Lennon, Johan Hamman and Jarred Jordan shared out the race wins last time out.
Troy Dolinschek took all three under-15 Junior Max wins at the first round, but class newcomers, SA Mini Max champion Kyle Visser and Mikhail Fernandez are keen to stamp authority there and regulars Storm Lanfear, with Triston Galp are among those keen to topple young Troy too.
Ethan Stier is the man to beat in under-13 Mini Max, but Michael Fernandez, Valentino Hoffman, Troy Snyman, Paul Malcolm and karting lass Mischca Williams all have other ideas this weekend and Jason MacBeath will be keen to overcome a difficult start to his season at the opening races.
Reese Koorzen was untroubled in under-11 Micro Max in February, but Joshua Smit, Ethan Deacon, Reza Levy are all more than capable of toppling him and will all want to do just that on Saturday. Don’t ignore newcomers Ethan Lennon and Luan Mostert either among this lot.
Rayan Kariem stormed to a trio of impressive under-10 Bambino race wins last time out, but Rhoderick Simpson and Luan Mostert will have other ideas this weekend and last race karting debutants Jordon and Rebecca Wadley have been practising hard too. Several other Bambino newcomers have been preparing to race of late, so expect the baby WP karting class to grow quickly as the season progresses.
Saturday’s action starts with qualifying early on, before each class races three times through the day. The Killarney Kart Track is on the infield of the main circuit, good food and refreshments are available in the Karting Clubhouse and you can expect informative commentary and a cool atmosphere in the kart pits — certainly worth the visit…