Border Karting Round 6
The wet and blustery conditions didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the karters who took to the track for the 6th Round of the Border Karting Championship on Saturday, August 17th.
In the Bambino Class, Caleb Odendaal dominated and claimed pole position by winning all three heats, drawing on the experience gained on the national circuit. Lincoln Randall claimed 2nd place ahead of Traiton Boshoff in 3rd. Traiton has been improving steadily and will soon be challenging at the sharp end.
The Mini Rok and Micro Max junior classes were run together on the day. The two manufacturers share very different approaches with Mini Rok motors being highly tuned 60cc racing engines, whereas the Micro Max engine is a detuned version of the 125cc racing engines used in the Clubmans class.
Interestingly enough, they yield very similar lap times, hence the organisors decision to run them together. Jordan van der Merwe won the Mini Rok class and totally dominated the race in wet conditions, putting to good use his ample race experience. Timothy Ball came in second, and earned himself the Driver of the Day Award, not only for his result, but also for the huge improvement he has shown since his first outing in Round 5.
Caleb Odendaal won the Micro Max Class, and sportingly removed his wet weather tyres for Heat 2 to join the rest of the slick shod field in the Micro Max Class. The slippery conditions caught Tyler Stephen out in Heat 1, where a spin relegated him down to 4th.
The ever-consistent Scot Heideman finished 2nd in Heat 1 and ended the day 3rd overall behind Tyler Stephen and ahead of Lincoln Randall. In Class A Geoff Stephen took three wins, and the hotly contested 2nd spot saw Brady Choudree, Jono Stephen, Keagan Rhind, Bryce Choudree and Sean Gradwell all vying for honours.
Keagan Rhind, Jono Stephen and a splendid drive by Bryce Choudree, saw each of these drivers’ finish 2nd in one of the heats, eventually Jono Stephen emerged as the winner of that tussle, to take 2nd for the day ahead of Bryce Choudree and Keagan Rhind.
Brady Choudree would probably feel robbed down in 5th spot, having run right at the front of the grid till an “off” on the last lap in. The tricky wet conditions shuffled him down the field, after an on track altercation with one of the back markers.
Class B was won by Jacques du Preez from Ethan Springfield, Duwayne Venter and Kyle Heideman. This class continues to grow and it was great to see Greg Thompson making his debut on the day. Brady Choudree would have found some solace by dominating this class ahead of younger brother, Bryce. Reeno Swanepoel put in a storming drive to clinch 3rd spot ahead of the tussling duo of Derek Pratt and Greg Thompson, who rounded out the top 5 placings.