Local schoolboy races to victory in Italy

2019-08-14 06:00
Troy Snyman won the top prize at an international go-kart event in Italy.PHOTO: kerushun pillay

Troy Snyman won the top prize at an international go-kart event in Italy.PHOTO: kerushun pillay

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LOCAL schoolboy Troy Snyman was back on the racetrack this weekend after scooping the top prize at an international go-kart competition in Italy recently.

Buoyed by his victory on the international stage, Troy (12) won all three of his races at a national championship held at iDube race track. The victory in Italy takes him a step closer to qualifying for other international competitions.

Troy, a Grade 7 pupil at Cordwalles Preparatory School, took the Driver Cup 7LK Castelletto in the Mini Max Rotax category.

Troy, who is leading in his age group in the country for go-karting, drove some 3 000 km while practising and racing at the event in Italy, which was his first on the international stage. Racers from six other countries took part.

His mother, Cheryl Adams, said that he had been selected to race at the competition by Motorsport South Africa.

“A board assesses his stats and they felt he was at a certain level to compete. You score points for every race you do, and he is currently leading in SA, so he became eligible to enter an international event.”

That event served as a warm-up for the world championships also to be held in Italy at the end of September.

Adams said Troy got into go-kart racing after the family visited the iDube racing track when he was eight. “He saw how excited the kids were about it and he really took to it. We bought him a go-kart and he’s excelled ever since.”

She said Troy spends every weekend and holiday practising. “He doesn’t do any other sports. Every public holiday and every day of a school holiday is spent practising. He even practises on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.”

She said his goal is to be a Formula 1 driver. “All F1 drivers started in a go-kart like him.”

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