Cape Karting season blasts off
READY, SET, KART: The Western Cape Kart championship set off with some serious battles on track. Image: Andrew Middelton
CAPE TOWN - The 2013 Western Province Karting championship got off to a blistering start on Feb 2 despite wind and a few upsets at Killarney race track on Saturday.
Little Tate Bishop fought all the way by making the best of a strong kart to take overall honours with a couple of wins and second in the baby Cadet class for kids aged 5-8. Champion Joseph Oelz was second from Troy Dolinschek. Someone to look out for is the fourth-placed Cadet – Sebastian Swanepoel, son of Kosie and grandson Koos – another Cape racing dynasty.
Worcester’s JP Hamman drove three stellar races to beat off champion Dario Busi in the Maxterino primary school class to deliver in trio of hard-fought class wins despite the persistent attention of reigning class champion Dario Busi and Charl Visser.
Umpie Swart emerged victorious in the bump-and-grind High School Junior Max class with a pair of wins ahead of Race 1 winner Julian van der Watt and Delano Fowler. Maxterino Julia Hoal graduate came in fourth in her class debut as her rivals fell around her. Henry Bam was fifth from Joshua Dolinschek.
Luke Herring was in dominant form in the first two heats and won the Open Senior Max class, but suffered a problem in the final heat allowing Jonathan Aberdein through.
Saturday also saw the debut of the fastest class in Cape karting as the DD2 gearbox machines graced Killarney for the first time. Senior Max champion Chad Daniel emerged winner on the day but he was made to work for it. Luke van Rensburg stole the first race and hassled Daniel all the way in the other two races.
Making this series a family affair, his father Lourens van Rensburg took a narrow DD2 Masters win from Johan Hamman.
Another impressive showing was ‘Princess’ Cate Walker’s overall domination of the Cape Clubmans races ahead of newcomer Kian van der Merwe and regulars Gordon Midgley, Mark Manson, Jason Plumbly and Darryn Stephen.
The next round of the Cape Karting championships will be on Saturday March 9.