CAPE KARTING CHAMPS WRAPPED: JP Hamman (No.3) is crowned the 2014 Cape Maxterino champion as the Western Cape karting championship wraps-up in Killarney. Image: Supplied
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - The Western Cape karting championship finals at Killarney (Oct 31) produced upsets though the championships ran out pretty much as expected.
Jonathan Thomas emerged as DD2 champion, Luke Herring took Max Challenge honours, Kohen Bam is the Junior Max champion, JP Hamman is the Cape Maxterino champion, Troy Dolinschek won the Cadet title and Dale Fourie took the Clubmans championship.
The race results did not, however, follow form.
Young Joseph Oelz (Zanardi) ended his rookie year with an emphatic primary school Maxterino 60cc class victory by taking two races to one over new class champion and SA Mini Rok champion JP Hamman (RKT Kosmic).
Oelz’s win also saw him pip SA Maxterino champion Jason Coetzee (Zanardi) for fourth in the title race behind Charl Visser (Kosmic) and Aidan Strydom (TonyKart) with Coetzee, Strydom and Visser third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Another rookie, Tate Bishop (Zanardi) was sixth in the title chase.
Anothe rwas another upset in WP karting’s fastest DD2 gearbox class. Multiple former WP champion Chad Daniel (CRG) made a triumphant return after a year to win two races to one over champion Jonathan Thomas (CRG).
Stephen Wells (Zanardi) was third en route to second in the championship ahead of Luke van Rensburg, who ended third in the title chase ahead of Darryn Stephen (Zanardi) and Kahil Coetzee (Zanardi).
Jacques de Bryun (Zanardi) took overall honours by securing the WP DD2 Masters for older drivers but Johan Hamman (Birel) took one race to Bruyn’s two to wrest championship from the absent Vic Hodoul.
JUNIOR MAX 125CC
The high school Junior Max 125cc finale went down pretty much as expected.
Kohen Bam (Kosmic) romped away with three wins to secure the championship ahead of Dino Stermin (Zanardi), who took two seconds to one to edge out championship runner-up Delano Fowler (Tony Kart) with Henry Bam (Kosmic) fourth en route to third in the title race and Chadley Swartz (Kosmic) fifth.
Stermin took fourth in the championship from Swartz and top rookie Giordano Lupini (Zanardi).
The baby Cadet 50cc class (competitors below eight-years-old) saw the top six on the day taking those positions in the championship. Troy Dolinschek (Top Kart) stormed to a dominant triple win to cement an equally dominant Cape championship to add to his National challenge title. Jason MacBeath (Top Kart) was second on the day and in the championship ahead of Kyle Visser (Top Kart), Valentino Hoffman (Top Kart), Paul Malcolm (Top Kart) and Joaquin de Oliveira (Top Kart).
Dale Fourie (CRG) stormed to another trio of Cape Clubmans wins to wrap up the overall championship from Mark Manson (CRG) and James Fraser (CRG) took Class B from the day’s winner Dylan Mitchell (TonyKart) and Jody van Rensburg. Mike Cook (Zanardi) added a win on the weekend to the Class C championship he sewed up at the previous meeting.
NO SHOW FOR MAX CHALLENGE
The 125cc Max Challenge did not feature as most drivers were at the clashing Zwartkops National main-circuit meeting, leaving double SA champion Luke Herring to watch the racing as he celebrated his double championship.
Umpie Swart, who enjoyed a great Polo Cup outing upcountry, was second in the WP Max Challenge title chase from Julian van der Watt (who ended a brilliant second in Formula Ford at Zwartkops), Jonathan Aberdein (who impressed in Polo Cup upcountry), Joshua Dolinschek (fourth in DD2 this weekend) and Eugene Deneyssen, who had a positive outing in Formula Ford upcountry on Saturday.
All those drivers also provided ample proof that Cape karting is providing South African racing with the best new talent.
It was a great end to vintage year’s karting for the Western Province Motor Club, not just with the local titles being wrapped up in fine style but also with Cape karters bringing home four of the eight national titles.
Killarney can now quite happily call itself the capital of South African karting…