FIERCE CAPE COMPETITION: Nathan Parkins (front) and Luke Herring battle for the top prize in the X30 race. Image: Heinrich Sauer
CAPE TOWN, Western Province - Grey and misty Cape autumn weather greeted the cream of South Africa’s karting community for the second round of the SA National Karting championships over the weekend (April 25) but as the conditions improved throughout the day, the temperature rose with brilliant racing across the board.
It was also a historic day for karting with the event being the first kart race ever to be streamed live on the internet, while the day once again proved that Cape karters are enjoying a purple patch with local drivers taking 16 wins from 24 races and overall honours in four of the eight classes.
Cape drivers all but dominated the Rotax Max Challenge classes with local lad Dino Stermin overcoming hometown rival Delano Fowler two races to one in 125cc High School Junior Max. Stermin both times passed Fowler in dramatic fashion to take his maiden National victory. Joshua Dias, Jason Coetzee and Giordano Lupini shared the third places.
Another Cape driver, Jonathan Aberdein, took two OpWn Max challenge 125cc wins to one over Durban lad Richard Upton with Dale Fourie third from Ivana Cetinich, followed by Robert Whiting and Chadley Swartz. Aberdein, Upton and Whiting shared the second and third places in the races with Tylan Swartbooi third.
Jozi’s Bradley Liebenberg broke the Cape Max domination by beating local lad Jonathan Aberdein two races to one in the quickest Rotax Max DD2 gearbox class with Mitchell Licen, Luca Canderle and Kashen Naicker splitting third places.
Durban’s four-times World Karting champion Cristiano Morgado took the over-30s DD2 Masters from CRG men Nicholas Verheul and Ronaldo Baptista.
THREE SECONDS EARNS OVERALL HONOURS
The driver who won the most races was another Cape lad – Aidan Strydom took five Primary School wins out of six, including a clean sweep in the Maxterino 60 war. Jozi laaitjie Cameron O'Conner, Charl Visser, JP Hamman and Kwanda Mokoena shared thirds to come home third, fourth and fifth overall ahead of Troy Dolinschek.
The other Primary School class saw Blaine Rademeyer take overall honours with three seconds after races 2 and 3 winner Aidan Strydom was taken out in the first lap of the opening heat and Race 1 winner and another Cape driver JP Hamman ended off the podium in the following races.
That left Hamman second overall from Altan Bouw who took three thirds, followed by Strydom, Jarrod Waberski and Jayden Els.
Yet another Cape Town driver, Jason Coetzee, defeated his Bloemfontein team mate two races to one from three hard-fought High School Vortex Junior Rok 125cc heats with Luke Hill and Dario Busi sharing third places with Jordan North.
The weekend was wrapped up by a pair of National Challenge series races in which Nathan Parkins followed two seconds with a win in the IAME X30 gearbox races after races 1 and 2 winner and team mate Luke Herring became embroiled in a mid-pack fracas in the finale.
Production racing star Michael Stephen took a second and a third en route to third overall ahead of Julian van der Watt who scored two thirds, followed by Kohen Bam and Aston Hare.
There was a change in proceedings in Vortex Super Rok, in which Johannesburg driver Keagan Masters took two wins from PE lad Bryn High, Henry Bam, Jason Smith and the regular class winner Chassen Bright, who bounced back to win the final heat after a torrid first two races.
The Killarney National was a brilliant day’s kart racing that once again saw local drivers taking the lion’s share of the laurels. It will be interesting to see if the level of racing can continue in the SA National Karting championship that now moves to the challenging iDube Raceway in the KZN Midlands for the next round in early July.