Four new South African karting titles to be decided at Rotax Max National finalsFour new South African national karting champions will be crowned when Zwartkops hosts the Rotax Max National Finals 25-26 September, with the winners in each class guaranteed a seat in the Rotax Max World Finals in Portimão, Portugal later in the year
All four Rotax titles remain on the line, with Cape Town’s Jonathan Aberdein hoping to steal the headlines with a memorable double, should he be able to defend his championship leads in both the DD2 and Max Challenge classes at Zwartkops.
TonyKart pilot Aberdein will however have to deal with a monster field in the DD2 gearbox races, with the likes of Cape home rivals Umpie Swart (Birel) and Jono Thomas (CRG), Johannesburg drivers Bradley Liebenberg (Birel), Eugene Brittz (CRG), Kashen Naicker (Kosmic) and Mitchell Licen (Intrepid); Durban hero Benjamin Habig (Tony) and Bloemfontein racer Justin Allison (TonyKart) among the many drivers keen to unsettle his title charge. Don’t forget the DD2 Masters chase to that World Final with SA’s four-time world champion Cristiano Morgado (TonyKart) fighting it out with CRG drivers, Pretoria couple Jennifer and Nick Verheul and Ronaldo Baptista.
Aberdein has a stronger grip on the Max Challenge 125cc championship, but one can never discount the likes of Sandton lass Fabienne Lanz (Formula K) and her fellow karting heroines, Waverley driver Ivana Cetinich (Birel) and Shannon Jackson (CRG) from East London and Durbanites Jordan Sherratt (Birel), Richard Upton (CRG), Luca Canderle (Intrepid) and Robert Whiting (TonyKart).
The high school 125cc Junior Max title should come to a spectacular conclusion with Benoni lad Delon Thompson (Birel) fresh off a nine-race winning streak stretching back to a dominant performance at the recent iDube national, but rest assured, there is no given that he will take this competitive class with Cape Town quartet Delano Fowler (TonyKart) and Kosmic trio Dino Stermin, Jason Coetzee and Seb Boyd, Durban duo Dominic Lincoln (TonyKart) and Daniel Duminy (Birel) and Vereeniging lightie Joshua Diaz (Birel) among several drivers all still very much in the running.
The fourth national title on the line is the Maxterino championship where Jozi drivers Kwanda Mokoena (Topkart), Cameron O’Conner (Topkart) and Saood Variawa (Kosmic) will want to defend home glory against Cape Town chargers Aidan Strydom (Topkart), Joseph Oelz (CRG) and Charl Visser (Zanardi) and Durban’s Tristan Losch (Flandria) among several others in what can be expected to be a bruising primary school 60cc affair.
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