NEW WINNER: Jason MacBeath (80) ended Troy Dolinschek's (17) Cadet winning streak at Killarney on Saturday. Image: Heinrich Sauer
What: WP Regional Kart Championships Round 7
Where: Killarney Kart Circuit, Cape Town
When: September 13 2014
KILLARNEY, Cape Town - The penultimate round of the 2014 Western Province karting championships produced upsets, domination and drama but no champions crowned, leaving everything to fight for at the last meeting on November 1.
The biggest upset came in the under-eight 50cc Cadets. Jason MacBeath (Kito Kart) brought the thus far dominant Troy Dolinschek’s 21-race winning streak to an abrupt halt with a trio of tremendous wins in karting’s baby class.
The unusually off-form Dolinschek (Makita) took two seconds and a fourth to end second for the day and minimise his championship losses. He’s ahead of Kyle Visser, Joaquin de Oliveira, Valentino Hoffman and Paul Malcolm as he takes a handy 61-point title advantage over MacBeath into the November finale.
Charl Visser (Kosmic) was another driver to dominate, this time in the primary school Maxterino 60’s, but had to work hard for his wins, fighting off the attention of Aidan Strydom (TonyKart), JP Hamman (Kosmic), Joseph Oelz (Zanardi) and Jason Coetzee (Zanardi) for victory as he led those lads home in that order overall.
That left Hamman 21 points clear of Visser and Strydom a further five points behind in the title chase.
Kohen Bam (Kosmic) made no mistake to take three comfortable high school Junior Max 125 victories over an impressive Dino Stermin (Zanardi) each time with Chadley Swartz (Kosmic) putting in a great afternoon’s work; keeping ahead of the midfield to end up third ahead of Delano Fowler (TonyKart) after Fowler hit trouble in the finale.
Henry Bam (Kosmic) was fifth ahead of the duelling Giordano Lupini (Zanardi) and Dario Busi (TonyKart) as Bam extended his title advantage to 31 points over Fowler who is only two points ahead of Henry Bam.
Jonathan Aberdein (TonyKart) was another to upset an apple cart when he took two wins to one over Luke Herring (Kosmic) in the open Max Challenge 125s with Umpie Swart (Birel) third ahead of Joshua Dolinschek (Kosmic). Herring, however, takes a comfortable 47-point title advantage into the finale where the fight will be for second between Swart and Julian van der Watt (Zanardi) who are only five points apart.
The Cape Clubmen put on their usual enthusiastic display as Dale Fourie cantered home to his customary trio of wins to take Class A from Mark Manson and Dylan Mitchell, while Simon Bond and Jacques Haasbroek took respectively Class B and C honours.
The drama was limited to the DD2 Gearbox class, where questionable team antics and wretched politics saw a post-race fiasco that left the overall class results unclear at the time of writing.
It can, however, be confirmed that Johan Hamman took three comfortable Masters wins as he kept an eye on the shenanigans ahead.
It appears that once the to-dos are done with, Jonathan Thomas will likely take a slender title advantage into the finale.