ESSAY, France - South African Jonathan Wing (17), from Hilton College in kwaZulu-Natal, has won the 2014 World Handikart championship title in torrential rain at the CIK World championship in France.
WELL DONE WING! South African teenage Jonathan Wing triumphed over European rivals to become the first South African motorsport competitor to hold a Handicap World title. Image: Supplied
Wing, the only SA kart driver to race with a prosthetic leg, never dropped lower than third the throughout the event.
Despite producing some fastest laps, the teenager went into the final phase as the ranked outsider. French drivers formed the bulk of the competitors who took advantage of a home track.
TRIUMPH FOR SA
Wing, with veteran gearbox kart racer Scott Falconer as his chief race engineer, overcame rivals to claim the title.
On Sunday (September 21) rain hit the track and it was expected that conditions would favour European drivers as South Africans lack wet-race experience.
Wing, however, put himself on the front row in second place for the final. He was determined to set the pace for the final.
Despite a very difficult wet track, Wing carved his way to a 4.5sec lead at the finish to take South Africa’s first Handicap Kart World championship title.
He now joins 14 other South Africans who also hold World Karting championship titles, though his is unique in being a handicap title - which makes him the first South African motorsport competitor to hold a Handicap World title.