VEREENIGING, Gauteng - A fresh, bright Vaal Triangle morning greeted the Northern Regions karters at Vereeniging on Saturday (June 13) but the cool weather soon gave way to red-hot racing as the fourth round of the Gauteng championship got under way on a day that saw several drivers dominate with triple wins.
SITTING TIGHT: Kwanda Mokoena (19) took the Maxerino honours during Round 4 of the Northern Region kart championships. Image: Werner Viet
Delon Thompson (Birel) was one of the many who took triple victories on the day as he continued his domination of the 125cc high school Junior Max class, twice ahead of Cameron O'Connor (Birel) and once from Kosmic pilot Clinton Bezuidenhout.
So Thompson took an easy overall win from O’Connor, Joshua Dias (Birel), Dillon van Vuuren (Kosmic) and Bezuidenhout.
Luca Munaretto (FA Kart) was another driver to dominate in the other high school Junior Rok 125cc class with three wins over Kosmic duo Jordan North and Stuart White Kosmic, with Oliver Gunner, Dylan Seely and Michael Pringle rounding out the top six.
Fabienne Lanz (Formula K) similarly took three straight Senior Max 125cc wins over Richard Upton (CRG), who found himself between her and third-placed Ivana Cetinich (Birel), with Juandre Swanson next up ahead of Robert Whiting and another Max Challenge lass, Shannon Jackson.
Nathan Parkins (Kosmic) continued the phenomenon of clean sweeps with three wins in the X30 shifter class ahead of Zanardi driver Connor Roger in all three races, with Keagan Masters, Ewan Taylor and Sebastian Lanzetti, who took a weekend off from his British Formula 4 duties, sharing third places in their dice for fourth, fifth and sixth overall.
Two more classes to see triple race domination were the baby Cadets for under-eights, where Sa'aad Variawa beat Mohammad Wally in all three heats, with Matthew Delpaul, Mohammed Moerat, Khanya Kubheka, Bjorn Bertholdt and Michele Patrizi fighting hare behind them, while Scott Falconer took old school 125 GP honours from Deon Auby each time, while Richard Fuller, Gerald Fourie, Miguel Dias and Neil Smith chased them home.CLOSER FIGHTS
The rest of the races saw closer fights for victory as Justin Allison (TonyKart) took a split decision to beat Eugene Brittz (CRG) to Rotax DD2 gearbox class honours after the two ended up on even points. But Allison took overall honours with his two wins besting Brittz’ one win and two seconds after Allison dropped to fourth in the final.
Chad Maciver was third in all three heats while Kashen Naicker took second in the last race to take fourth on the day from Luca Canderle as Ronnie Baptista took three straight class wins to seal DD2 Masters glory in sixth overall.
Both primary school 60cc classes saw race wins shared, with Kwanda Mokoena (Topkart) taking Maxterino honours two wins to one over Cameron O'Connor, who lost overall momentum with a Race 1 problem to leave second and third overall to Topkart duo Trennon Bettany and Jordan Brooks. Zac Edwards, Zaeem Goolam, Joshua de Paiva and Tyron Donker all raced close to the front all day.
Altan Bouw (Topkart) took two wins and a third to clinch Mini Rok honours for the day over Kwanda Mokoena (Topkart) after Race 1 winner and second in the finale, Blaine Rademeyer hit trouble in Race 2. LJ Mginqi, Cape visitor JP Hamman and Saood Variawa were all at the thick side of the action up front.
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Wesley Vosloo (Tony) took Super Rok honours after sharing victories with Jason Smith, while Jason Hill, Luke Hill and Keagan Masters fought it out behind.
The Northern Regions racers will now pay close attention to next weekend’s (June 20) Western Province Regional races at Killarney as all prepare for the next round of the SA national Karting championships back in Vereeneging on Saturday July 4.
The next Gauteng round is once again at Vereeniging two weeks later on July 18.
FRONT RUNNER: Delon Thompson (426) was dominant in the Junior Max class. Image: Werner Viet