Max Attack – Northern Regions karting thrills at Zwartkops
The 2018 Rotax Max Northern Regions Karting Championship exploded into action at a dramatic and eventful opening round at the Zwartkops International Kart Track on Saturday with a few surprise results, some expected outcomes and plenty action both on and off the Pretoria racetrack.
The under-15 Rotax Junior Max class is shaping up to be a key battleground in South African karting in 2018, with a hugely competitive 17-kart field taking to Zwartkops on Saturday following an equally impressive spat in the Western Cape regionals last weekend, so the nationals are bound to be massive, with closer than ever racing thanks to latest Rotax Max technology ensuring an even playing field. There was much posturing and speculation among competitors before the weekend, but it was Ormonde rookie Aquil Alibhai who emerged victorious on the day following a most impressive showing.
The final was much of the same, as Alibhai and Mokoena tussled up front before Alibhai cleared off to leave Mokoena fighting Fourie after Waberski stopped, while Napier kept a watching brief until pouncing on Fourie on the final lap. Mokoena was however found to be underweight and dropped to last place finisher to let Ethan Coetzee up to fourth ahead of Daniel de Paiva and Dias as Alibhai took the day in dominant style from Napier and Fourie, the rose among the karting thorns Dias was fourth from Mokoena and Coetzee.
Durban visitor Dominic Lincoln (Birel ART) was in dominant form in Rotax Senior Max, where he trotted off to a trio of wins over Benoni lad Wayland Wyman (Kosmic) while CRG duo Joshua Dias took two third places and returning East London lass Shannon Jackson one after Vereeniging lad Dias did not start the final. Jackson ended up third for the day ahead of Farhaan Basha, Ian Allnutt and Ewan Taylor.
The second round of the Northern Regions Rotax Max Karting Championships is on 14 April at the Laserfiche Raceway in Vereeniging, but not before the region’s karters head to iDube in the KZN Midlands for the opening round of the 2018 Rotax Max South African Karting Championships on 31 March.