Algoa Kart & Motorcycle Club

LOCAL STARS SET FOR KILLARNEY BATTLE

The SA karting community heads to Killarney in Cape Town this weekend to fight the first battle of the five-round 2016 South African National Kart Championship war.

According to the entry lists the 4 Eastern Cape drivers that will be competing will be Cameron Kelly, Michael Stephen, Kenzo Barnard and Joshua Coertze.

Cameron Kelly will be competing in a very strong Senior Max class among some of SA’s best drivers. Cameron have been moving between classes for the past season to find the best fit for him and this class just might be it. Although not a regular competitor at the Killarney Circuit Cameron is more than capable to upset the locals and stand on the top step of the podium. He will be one to keep an eye on if all comes together on the day.

Kenzo Barnard and Joshua Coertze will both be competing in the 60 cc Mini Rok class. this class is one of SA’s most competitive classes with qualifying times is normally within 1 sec between the top 10-12 competitors. This year the opening round only boasts 12 entries thus far compared to last year’s normal 18 -20 field. Fact that this is class is only support by one local , Charl Visser, is more than likely the cause, where the other classes consist of more than 50% locals on the entry list.

Kenzo Barnard have been setting the tar alight this past season on the East London and Port Elizabeth track winning most if not all of the races he competed in. Some preseason testing at Killarney have proved to be fruitful and he will be very competitive in the field.

Joshua Coertze have spent most his season up north last year finishing the 2015 season very strong and opening the 2016 season with two straight wins in the super competitive Northern Regions championship. He will going into the event carrying this momentum and will be hoping to extend this current run of good fortune and results.

Micheal Stephen is a name that have become synonymous with Motorsport in South Africa. As one of South Africa’s most decorated Motorsport personalities he must be liking his chances this weekend in the DD2 class. If the bookies had anything to do with it the odds would  tilt in his favor, but if the local drivers have anything to do with it ….. there are bound to be some battle scars.

Michael and SA was robbed of another international motorsport tile when he was helped of the circuit in the 2015 Rotax Max World Finals while leading with one lap to go in the grand finale. He will be chasing the 2016 title that will mean that he will get the seat to the 2016 RMCWF. He will definitely be a one to keep an eye with a sure chance at the top step of the podium.

We have not seen any of our neighboring Border club competitors on the entry list and we hope that some, possibly in the form of Shaun Gradwell, Shaun Vallance, Geoff Stephen, Craig Borges, Shannon Jackson and Sebastian Smith might still make the trip.

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