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2013-09-30 09:28

BATTLE TO THE END: Simon Moss took the Supa Rok title in the Supa Kart finals on Saturday (Sept 28) while Keagan Masters (insert) took the Junior Rok championship title. Image: Steve Wicks

STEVE WICKS

Vereeniging - The Engen SupaKart championship finals ended after thrills and controversy at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on Saturday (Sept 28).

Bloemfontein’s Stuart White (Zanardi) wrapped up a successful 2013 season with the Mini-Rok trophy after fending off a taut challenge from Delon Thompson. The rivalry was so close that the title was only decided in the third and final race of the day.

CLOSE CALLS

Thompson won the opening race from White but the pair got a bit too close on the final lap of Race 2 and White was demoted to third as Thompson salvaged seventh.

White was on top of the final as Thompson fought back bravely but could only manage third behind White and Joshua Dias (Zanardi).

Hartebeespoort’s Keagan Masters did exactly what was needed to lay claim to the crown ahead of Birel driver Bradley Liebenberg who won the opening race from Masters in the Junior Rok class.

Thanks to an off-track excursion, Liebenberg finished fifth as Masters claimed the win to secure the crown. A faultless drive saw Liebenberg win the final ahead of a cool, calm and collected Masters but the result was academic.

FIGHTING HARD

The Super Rok battle was between reigning champion Simon Moss and Nathan Parkins (Zanardi). An almost predictable coming together on the opening lap of Race 1 saw Parkins bundled to the tail of the field. He recovered strongly and managed to finish fourth as Moss was second behind winner Chassen Bright with third going to Julian van der Watt.

Moss won Race 2 from Bright as Parkins was third which set up a nail-biting, title-deciding third race.

Just two laps into the race Parkins and Moss tangled and the latter was shuffled to the back of the field as Parkins recovered quicker and swept through the field to finish fourth with Moss seventh. Luke Herring took the win, but then came the bombshell as Parkins was deemed to have been at fault and subsequently disqualified which saw Moss emerge as champion.

The 2103 karting championship was definitely a memorable season and an encouraging sign for motorsport in SA.
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