PRETORIA, South Africa - Five new South African Rotax Max karting champions were crowned at a chilly Zwartkops Kart Track near Pretoria Saturday, with each earning a ticket to the world finals in New Orleans USA in November. Capetonian Luke Herring kept his nose clean throughout the day when he clinched the open Senior Max 125cc championship with a Race 3 win on his Zanardi. Four drivers won a heat each in Saturday’s close Senior races with second overall going to Chad van Beurden, ahead of Race 1 winner Eugene Deneyssen and final winner Julian van der Walt. WORLD FINALSHerring and African Open winner Nathan Parkins will represent South Africa at the Junior Max World Finals in November. Bradley Liebenberg came out on top of a crunching Junior Max 125cc encounter with a pair of wins in a thrilling finale weekend, but that was not enough to beat Jordan Sherratt to the title. It was a tough weekend for championship runner up Jurie Swart who was taken out of a comfortable title lead and third in Heat 1 by runner up on the day and Race 2 winner, Clinton Bezuidenhout (Zanardi). Africa Open winner Julian van der Watt will join Sheratt in New Orleans. Bloemfontein’s Stuart White wrapped up the SA primary school Maxterino 60cc races with a trio of wins and a third, but the driver of the day was no doubt Race 3 winner and overall runner up Kwanda Mokoena who came out of nowhere to put in a blistering performance on his home track. Neha Harpal ended third on the day from Chayse Augustus, JP Hamman and Tariq Alibhai. Although they will not race there, White and Open winner Hamman both earned tickets to New Orleans. Ryan Frost won two races to come out on top in two of four close-fought DD2 125cc gearbox races to win the fastest title from Cristiano Morgado who won races 2 and 4. Eugene Brittz was third for the day from Nick Verheul and Luke van Rensburg (Zanardi). Morgado, who earlier won the US Rotax Max Winter Series, will join Frost and Open winner Luca Canderle in strong SA DD2 team in New Orleans. While Erwin Sterne won the day with a pair of wins in the opening races in the heavyweight DD2 Masters for drivers over 32 ahead of Race 3 winner Lourens van Rensburg they were unable to stop final race winner Maroun Selmi from winning the SA championship alongside Open winner Leeroy Poulter. If anything Saturday’s finale proved beyond doubt South African karting to be in fine fettle with the cream of the crop now set for world championship battle.