The second round of the South African National Karting Championships was hosted by the Algoa Kart & Motorcycle Club in Port Elizabeth last weekend at the Celso Scribante Kart. Eighty seven of the top karting competitors from all over the country braved the cold & wet weather leading up to the main race day on Sunday, trying to find the optimum set-up for the tight & twisty circuit. Thankfully the weather gods played along and Sunday produced ideal racing conditions with bright sunshine & very little wind.
One man who used his many years of experience & home track advantage was multiple SA Champion, Michael Stephen in his Midas sponsored CRG kart, who not only qualified in pole position, but won all 3 heats in the DD2 class clinching both the Senior & Master’s class titles. Stephen was pushed hard all weekend by Bradley Liebenberg & Julian van der Watt, with their antics providing top class racing that had the large crowd on their feet cheering for more.
Nicholas Verheul finished second in the DD2 Masters class with Jonathan Pieterse grabbing the final podium place.
In the Rotax Senior Max class, Johannesburg drivers took the top 3 positions with Delon Thompson winning the first 2 heats & Joshua Dias taking the 3rd heat. Fabienne Lanz did the ladies proud by putting in a really consistent performance to take 3rd overall. Shannon Jackson of East London was 6th overall.
In the Rotax Junior Max class, there was action aplenty with less than 0,8sec separating the top 10 drivers. In the end the overall win went to Jason Coetzee with Daniel Duminy 2nd & Sebastian Boyd in 3rd.
The Rotax Maxterino class for drivers in the 8-12 year old bracket was dominated by Kwanda Mokoena followed by visitors from the Cape, Charl Visser & Joseph Oelz.
One of the many highlights of the weekend was the Vortex Mini-Rok class where there were 6 Eastern Cape drivers competing against the countries best up & coming drivers. Local lad Joshua Coertze showed that years of dedication & hard work finally does pay off. Representing the Protec Group, he not only celebrated his 11th birthday, but also grabbed 2 heat wins & a 3rd place to claim his first National win in this highly competitive class. 2nd place went to Kwanda Makoena & 3rd to Daniel Patrizi.
In the 50cc Cadet Class, which is the stepping stone into Motorsport, another local lad Bryce Loenen used his home track advantage to take overall honors & his maiden win on the National circuit. In second place it was Border Kart Club’s Kaylim Padayachee with Algoa Kart Club’s Ethan Jacobs rounding out the top 3.
The karting action now shifts to East London on the 21st May for the next round of the Eastern Cape Regional Championships.
Article by: B Kelly