Karts, rally on at Killarney

2016-09-13 06:00
Title contenders Joaqin de Olivera (32) and Paul Malcolm (36) battle with Ethan Deacon and Reese Koorzen (55) in the u.8 cadet drivers.  PHOTO: mark zeeman

Title contenders Joaqin de Olivera (32) and Paul Malcolm (36) battle with Ethan Deacon and Reese Koorzen (55) in the u.8 cadet drivers. PHOTO: mark zeeman

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The Western Cape Karting Championship heads into the final stretch at the Killarney kart track’s penultimate seventh round races on Saturday.

Killarney will on Friday evening also be home for the SA Rally Championship in four night stages.

However, with all the Cape karting titles still up for grabs, some of them looking pretty well set and done, while others remain set for a huge fight.

The baby Cadet class catering for u.8 is among the tightest tussles – just one point separates championship leader Joaquin de Oliveira from Paul Malcolm (FastOil/Charl Electric), with Reza Levy (Jive) just three more points adrift and Reese Koorzen another eight points behind. But don’t discount Joshua Smit, Ethan Stier, Ethan Deacon or Mischa Williams of Table View from this fight – all of them are capable of winning and are ready to spice things up.

A step up to the primary school Maxterino 60cc class sees Charl Visser (Battery Energy RKT Kosmic), Joseph Oelz (Zanardi) and Troy Dolinschek (Makita Kosmic) in an equally close title spat, with an equally interesting fight going down for fourth place between Tate Bishop (Kosmic), Kai van Zijl (CRG) Jason MacBeath (Zanardi), younger Visser brother Kyle (Zanardi) and Nicholas Sage. But rest assured – Maxterino will put on a spectacular show.

The Western Province high school Junior Max 125cc championship sees Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) in a comfortable lead with Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Boss Freight Kosmic) and Dario Busi (Automan CRG) fighting over second, but still able to topple Coetzee on the championship table. There’s another huge fight going down for fourth in this championship chase between Andrew Rackstraw (TonyKart), Daniel Duminy (SMG Kosmic), Aidan Strydom (TurboTech CRG) and JP Hamman (Hammanshof Kosmic), all of whom are well capable of winning races among a strong grid of other teenage fighters.

Dino Stermin (Designer Trims RKT Kosmic) leads the 125cc Open Max Challenge class relatively comfortably over Delano Fowler (Suprocom WOrr FA), while there are a few wildcards capable of winning, including Polo Cup racer Umpie Swart (CRG) and Giordano Lupini (Monroe Bakkie and Car Kosmic) who returns to karting after a year way racing in the Cape GTi Challenge. Never ignore the rapidly returning to form Marco Joos and ever-improving class regulars Nicholas Jacobs and Arnold du Toit from this fight.

V On Friday evening Killarney is the scene of the annual Toyota Cape Dealer Rally for WRC-style cars with four special stages on and around the circuit, racing in the dark. The event moves to Malmesbury on Saturday meaning Friday evening is the only opportunity to see the national rally starts and their cars in action.

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