MSR4 hosts sixth round of karting championship

2017-09-13 06:00
Some of the participants were, at the back, from left, Kim Friggens and Kerrin Watson-Smith. In front are Kerryn Moore and James Moore.Photo:SUPPLIED

Some of the participants were, at the back, from left, Kim Friggens and Kerrin Watson-Smith. In front are Kerryn Moore and James Moore.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE sixth round of the MSR4 Corporate Karting Championship took place at the Celso Scribante Kart circuit on September 2.

The Fleet Dynamics race day was an action- packed event, with 41 karts on the grid and more than 120 drivers from PE, Cape Town, Johannesburg and East London taking part.

The race day consisted of a practice session, one qualifying session and two multiple one-hour races. The second of the two endurance races consisted of a reverse grid from the qualifying session. In the one-hour races, it was compulsory for each team to make three pit stops which included driver changes, adding to the dynamic of the event.

In the tightly contested qualifying session, first place went to championship leaders, Team Dark Knights (Kart 14, Bryn High and Shaun Watson-Smith) closely followed by Team Mac Minarelli 2 (Kart 40, Graeme Nielsen) and Team Cape Fabric (Kart 199, Ross and Roxanne Bartle and Ayrton Good).

The top 30 karts were all within three seconds of the pole sitter’s fastest lap.

In the first of the two one-hour endurance races, it was Team Dark Knights that converted their qualifying position into a 30-second race one victory.

The fight for the podium was hotly contested, where second to fourth place covered a mere 2.3 seconds.

The battle for second place was won by Xtreme Yamaha (Kart 46, Warren Faifer and Gino Perini) with Team BS (Kart 72, Byron Teengs and Staci Allan) finishing in a close third position.

The combined results saw the Johannesburg pair of drivers taking a 1-2 result, with team Mac Minarelli 2 taking the win ahead of Team Mac Minarelli 1 (127, Anthony Rofail).

Again on the podium in third place was team Xtreme Yamaha. Team BS, who actually finished first on the road, was handed a 20-second penalty for being slightly underweight at the end of the race finishing in fourth place overall.

The top eight karts at the end of the race were covered by less than 38 seconds after a full hour of driving. A combined overall result for races one and two would see Team Xtreme Yamaha taking overall honours for the day, ahead of Team BS and Team Mac Minarelli 1.

Special awards went to most improved driver Kelsey Davidson (17), with an incredible top 10 finish in race two, in only her second-ever race event.

Driver of the day went to Robin Spence, with a fifth overall on the day. Spence recently returned to karting after a break of more than 20 years.

Fastest lap went to team Mac Minarelli 2 and the hard-luck prize went to Stephen 2 Racing (Kart 86, Geoff and Neil Stephen, Kevin Vosloo), after having to retire in race two while leading.

The next corporate event will take place next month.

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