THE 2013 Rotax Max Challenge South African karting championship is building up to a spectacular finale following an explosive weekend’s racing at the Idube raceway near Pietermaritzburg last Saturday.
With world championship prize rides up for grabs in the three senior classes, competition was as sharp as ever as inclement and slippery conditions throughout practice cleared up just in time for the races at the challenging KwaZulu-Natal track.
Jordan Sherratt (Birel) was second behind Keagan Masters (TonyKart) in the opening high school Junior Max race.
But nothing could stop Sherratt from romping to the following three race wins to claim the day from a consistent Jurie Swart (Birel), Masters, Trent Varejes (Zanardi), Bradley Liebenberg (Birel) and Shayur Harpal (CRG).
Swart’s second place, meanwhile, consolidated his championship lead with Liebenberg, Sheratt, Masters and Harpal in a close battle not too far behind.
The open Senior Max championship was thrown on its head when a string of technical issues put paid to previous leader Eugene Deneyssen’s weekend.
That left Chad van Beurden (Birel) to take the day with a trio of wins from Luke Herring (Zanardi) and race three winner Matthew Swanepoel (CRG).
Nathan Parkins (Zanardi) was fourth for the day from Wesley Vosloo (TonyKart) and Richard Upton (Intrepid). Van Beurden came away with a narrow championship lead over Herring.
Cristiano Morgado (TonyKart) worked hard to win all four races in DD2 – the fastest class of the day – from Luca Canderle (Intrepid), championship leader Eugene Brittz (Birel), and masters class winner Marouan Selmi (CRG).
Ryan Frost (Topkart) was fifth from Nicholas Verheul (CRG), while Richard van Heerden (TonyKart) kept his masters championship fight with Selmi alive by finishing second in that class from Erwin Sterne (CRG).
The primary school Maxterino 60cc races proved to be the Jarrod and Stuart show as Jarrod Odendal (TonyKart) and Stuart White (Zanardi) simply drove away from the rest each time.
Odendal came out on top of the intense battle between the duo by taking three wins and the overall victory for the day, with White sneaking the remaining win.
Behind them, Chayse August (Zanardi), Dario Busi (TonyKart), JP Hamman (Zanardi) and Dillon van Vuuren (CRG) made best of what was at times a 10-kart war to round off the top six overall in a class that promises a thick wad of future South African driving talent.
That left White holding a reasonably comfortable Maxterino national championship lead over Augustus, Hamman and Busi.
Only the Zwartkops finale on September 21 remains between the championship hopefuls and a shot at international glory at the Rotax Max World Finals in New Orleans at the end of the year.
Our finest karters will be aiming to add to the impressive tally of South African world karting champions at the event.