Epic karting battles loom

THE Rotax Max Challenge descends on Port Elizabeth’s Celso Scribante kart circuit tomorrow for the second round of this year’s SA National Championship. There will be strong fields who will do battle in four race heats in four classes.

The hardest fought races continue to be the 60cc primary school Maxterinos for eight- to 13-year-olds.

A competitive 16-kart field will take to the track tomorrow, with top drivers from across the country looking to steal the honours.

Northern Region drivers Stuart White (RKT Zanardi), Dillon van Vuuren and Neha Harpal will face an onslaught from the likes of JP Hamman (Hammanshof Zanardi), Dario Busi (Automan TonyKart), Giordano Lupini (La Vie de Luc TonyKart), Charl Visser (Battery Energy Zanardi), Tyler Croy (SAKRA TopKart) and Jason Coetzee (Zanardi).

Never discount Chayse Augustus (Hugo’s Panel Zanardi) and Tristan Losch (Zanardi), or Port Elizabeth’s Cameron Kelly (Mastercool Birel) and Joshua Coertze (Protec Zanardi).

The 125cc Junior Max class is another battlefield featuring the best of South Africa’s upcoming talent, including Shayur Harpal, who leads the Asia Pacific Formula BMW championship, and Mini Rok kart world champion Clinton Bezuidenhout.

Both of them will, however, have their work cut out if they want to beat Keagan Masters (Performance Masters TonyKart), Bradley Liebenberg (Live Birel), Umpie Swart (Indy Oil Birel), Kohen Bam (RKT Zanardi), Delano Fowler (Zanardi) and Jeandre Marais (Zanardi).

The open 125cc Senior Max will see the likes of Luke Herring (RKT Zanardi), Junior Max champion Eugene Deneyssen (SAKRA TonyKart), Jonathan Aberdein (TonyKart) and Hylton Pieters (Mom’s CRG) take on Ricky Hill (iOmedia TonyKart), Chad van Beurden (Birel), Wesley Vosloo (V Digital TonyKart) and Richard Upton (Intrepid). The Max Challenge has the fastest karts and will see Luca Canderle (City Couriers Intrepid), Nick Verheul (Bosco CRG) and Ryan Frost (Midrand Profiles Birel) take on Luke van Rensburg (Zanardi).

The DD2 Masters results will count for a separate championship for older drivers, in which teammates Lourens van Rensburg, Jason Plumby and Connor Hughes (TonyKart) take on Richard van Heerde and John van Wyk (CRG).

As always, the Junior Max, Senior Max and DD2 champions each win a seat in the Rotax Max World Finals in New Orleans, US, this year.

So there is more than just honour for which competing drivers will fight.

The Port Elizabeth meeting is the second of four Max Challenge championship rounds.

The action commences with official practice today and qualifying tomorrow before each class has four races.

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