Jarrod, 7, rules on kart track
CHAMP WITH CURLS: Midrand's Jarrod Waberski is only seven but he sealed the Northern Regions Cadet kart championship at Vereeniging on Saturday (Sept 14) for the DAW team. Images: STEVE WICKS
VEREENIGING, South Africa - Seven-year-old Midrand youngster Jarrod Waberski sealed the Northern Regions Cadet kart championship at Vereeniging on Saturday for the DAW team.
The team was founded in the mid 1970's by Jeff Waberski. Soon afterwards Bernard Tilanus gave the team its first championship - the 1976 Formula Ford title.
Jarrod, son of former British Formula 3 racer/South African Shelby Can-Am champion Garth Waberski, began racing in the Cadet class for drivers aged four to eight years old in 2011. In 2012 he was the Rand Kart Club Cadet champion so went into 2013 as one of the favourites.
This year, 2013, he also made his debut in the Mini-Rok category where he found himself up against 12-year olds. Despite the huge difference in physical strength and mental attitude, he did not disgrace himself, but it was decided to rather concentrate on the Cadet class.
It was a wise decision which paid off at Vereeniging on Saturday (Sept 14) when he sealed the title with a hard-fought second in the first of three races. With the championship won, he elected to sit out the remaining races.
Now that bigger classes beckon, Garth reflected on the Cadet ‘apprenticeship’. “It’s with a sad heart I’m going to say goodbye to the class. It is one of the most difficult and frustrating and most rewarding classes in which I’ve been involved.
"To see these youngsters grow from absolute beginners to racers who never give up and have maturity and respect for each other on and off the track from which many big-circuit racers could learn, has truly made me respect all the stars of tomorrow.”