Expect fight for glory at Killarney this weekend

2015-05-19 06:00
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The Cape karting circus returns to Killarney for the second round of the WP Championships on Saturday with a spring in its step after local drivers swept all before them at the recent home national at the same circuit.

Local drivers won no less than 16 of the 24 races at the nationals and there’s no pride like home pride, so there will be plenty to play for this weekend.

One man on top of his game is Jonathan Aberdein, who not only took a first and a second in the respective DD2 and 125cc Max Challenge races at the national, but also dominated both those classes in the opening WP regional two months back.

Aberdein, son of former SA race hero Chris Aberdein, will be out to continue his double home title quest in both classes this weekend, but he will have his work cut out in the Rotax Max 125cc DD2 gearbox class with Umpie Swart look­ing for his first victory in the class aboard his Indy Oil Birel.

Reigning WP champion Jonathan Thomas (Partners Hair CRG) is also keen on a return to the top of the podium. Never discount Joshua Dolinschek (Makita TonyKart) and CRG duo newcomer Tristan de Nobrega and the returning Marco Busi along with Masters driver Jonathan Pieters.

Aberdein will also want to maintain his winning momentum in the open age group Rotax Junior Max 125cc races following wins in both the recent national and opening provincial event.

Hilton Pieters (Zanardi) is hoping for a luckier weekend in his efforts to curb Aberdein’s winning ways.

Henry Bam (SAKRA Kosmic), Suprocom TonyKart brother and sister Delano and Isabelle Fowler and Byron Mitchell (Dolphin Engineering CRG) are all hungry for success.

One of the dices of the day should come from the high school age Rotax Junior Max 125s, where national winner Dino Stermin (Designer Trims Kosmic) will try to de­feat regional winner Delano Fowler (Suprocom TonyKart). Neither of them, however, has a clear path to glory, with a gang of teenagers intent to steal the limelight, including national Junior Rok class winner Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic), Giordano Lupini (AutoWeek CRG), Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic), SA Mini Rok champ JP Hamman (RKT Kosmic), Dario Busi (Automan TonyKart) and Andrew Rackstraw (TonyKart).

Kohen Bam (SAKRA Alonso) will be out to continue his momentum in the Cape’s new IAME X30 gearbox but chief rival Luke Herring (Kosmic) is hoping for a less troubled day and Kosmic trio Stephen Wells, Jacques de Bruyn and Robert Briggs, as well as Peet van der Walt (PSW Sport Intrepid), are all chasing positive results.

Expect Cape Town’s primary school kart classes to deliver their usual stunning action with five-time Killarney national winner Aidan Strydom (Turbo Tech Top Kart) out to repeat his triple primary school Maxterino 60 victory at the last regional. That is, however, no foregone conclusion according to his most determined rivals Charl Visser (Battery Energy Kosmic), Joseph Oelz (Clear/GoPro CRG), Tate Bishop (TPB Kosmic), Tyler Croy (Zanardi), Storm Lan­fear (Zanardi) and Troy Dolinschek (Makita TopKart), among several kids with a shot of victory.

Another new Cape class is the similar primary school Vortex Mini Rok 60, where SA champion JP Hamman (Hammanshof Zanardi) and Charl Visser (Energy Zanardi) won last time out, while Aidan Strydom (TurboTech TonyKart) dominated the class at the national. Expect fireworks there too.

The u.8 baby Cadet class will be raring to race following a two-month break since the last round. Jason MacBeath (SATT), Kyle Visser (Battery Energy), Joaquin de Oliveira (Spongebob), Valentino Hoffman (GP Energy), Mischa Williams (Synergy Customs) and Ju­lius Schwager will be looking for baby-kart glory. You can rely on the ever-entertaining Cape clubmen to put on their regular fine show with Dayne Angel (Flatline Birel), Dylan Mitchell (Dolphin TonyKart) and impressive rookie Harry Georgiou (Courier It CRG) among the top class show.

The likes of Philip Avenat (Birel) and Jody van Rensburg (Star Response Arrow) will battle for lower class glory.

Adult entry is R60 per adult, R20 for children younger than 16 and kids younger than 12 get in free

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