World titles for SA kart racers
South African kart racers Clinton Bezuidenhout and Nathan Parkins claimed world titles at the Mini-Rok and Rok Cup World finals at the South Garda ciruit in Lonato, Italy.
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Parkins emerged from the series of qualifying heats as the favourite for Rok Cup honours where he had the advantage of pole position for the final.
After a gruelling race, he snatched the lead at the final corner to pip Riccardo Geltrude by 12/100ths of a second to claim the win.
'THEY STEPPED UP TO THE CHALLENGE'
In his first experience of international competition driver Ayrton Good struggled and finished in 29th place.
Racing a Zanardi kart in the 100cc Mini-Rok category, Bezuidenhout remained consistently at the top of the time sheets during practice and qualifying.
During the 12-lap race Bezuidenhout finished in first place, one second ahead of fellow SA racer Liam Pienaar (Zanardi) who fought his way up from seventh place.
Further back Stuart White (Zanardi) finished 13th with team mate Chayse Augustus in 25th after Delon Thompson retired on lap seven.
In the Junior Rok final Julian van der Watt finished in sixth place while Birel driver Bradley Libenberg placed 13th.
None of the South African contingent made it through to the Super Rok final.
Engen Supa Kart promoter Christine Moss commented: “Some had fortunes, some had misfortunes, but they stepped up to the challenge and gave it their best shot. That in itself says a lot and makes me proud.”