The second round of the Rotax Max KwaZulu-Natal Regional Karting Championship offered a great day of racing in a typical family atmosphere at iDube on Sunday March 5th.
Masters winner Jonathan Pieterse pushed DD2 overall winner Brent Walden hard enough to steal a Finals-inspired overall victory as Brent took the day from Jono.
It was even closer for third place, as Nick Wuite, Riley Horner and Masters runner-up Shane Foley finished on the same points for the day after a great on-track battle.
But it was Wuite who finally made it to the podium. Bev van Heerden finished third in the Masters ahead of Richard van Heerde and Alistair Mingay, who had a 2 race but managed to fend off Chris Grobbelaar for fifth.
Senior and Junior Max raced together to provide exciting interclass action. Troy Snyman dominated Senior from Yifan Li, who held off Jack Rowe and Juandre Nel by one point overall after strong races.
Uzair Khan seemed to have the high school day stitched together. Until an altercation with a senior made him fall second behind Dhyvien Naidoo. The impressive Dylan Watkins capitalized on the falls of Maahir Wahab and Jonno Wilson for third place ahead of Wahab, Skyler Nienaber and Travis Yeld. Wilson took a rain check after his huge flip brought out the red flag in Race 2.
In elementary school Max action, Travis Mingay dominated Mini as he let Harry Rowe and Kyle Spies battle it out until Spies spun at the start of Race 3 to push him to the back . A hard lesson from which he will surely learn!
This allowed Rayn Asmal to take the third step of the podium ahead of Troy Pieterse and poor Kyle.
The only Micro boy, Ryan Falconer, spent the day mixing it up with the Mini Max kids.
Backcountry visitor Diego Antunes took a Bambino with a clean sweep over local boy Kayden Pistauer. Richard Horner also swept Peter John Garbutt and Allan Johnston for a narrow win at the Max Masters.
The 4 Stroke Sprints proved to be the dice of the day among a wide range. The lead continually shifted between the top three, as Andrew and Kyle Nivison and Peter John Garbutt fought tooth and nail for the honor of the top step of the podium.
Kyle stole the Race 1 victory from his father Andrew Nivison before the old man fought back to win the next two.
Regional Rotax Max action moves into a double header with second round action from Gauteng at Formula K and Round 2 of the WP at Killarney this Saturday 12 March.
The next KZN round will take place on April 24, a week before the Rotax Max National opening round at Killarney in Cape Town on April 29-30.
Source: Motorsport Media