COMPETITIVE RACING AND TEAM SOLIDARITY

Mattao Mason

The RS Kart team may still be in its infancy, but they have a passion for motorsport and operate with a family mentality. As such, regardless of a results, any weekend spent at the race track is a good weekend. Getting some podium finishes is just the cherry on the top.

It is with this mind-set that RS Kart tackled the first round of the South African Rok Cup, which took place at VKC over the weekend (12 and 13 September).

It was a tough first day for Mattao Mason in Kid Rok. It seemed that everything that could go wrong did and the youngster battled for pace down in 9th place. Not one to be kept down, however, Mattao tackled Sunday’s races with renewed vigour. Back where he should be, Mattao, took a podium finish in race four and a fifth place in the final heat. Teething problems aside, it won’t be long before Mattao is taking race wins in the national series.

Luke Hill had a good weekend in Mini Rok and survived the bumping and barging that comes with racing in an ultra-competitive field. Luke claimed a podium finish on Sunday, despite having to change to a new chassis at the beginning of the weekend. Solid results earned Luke 4th overall in the Northern Regions standings and 5th in the National points. Luke took the number one spot in the under 10 division.

Carlo Olivier was in the thick of the action in KZ2. He qualified in 10th place, just 0.4 of a second off the pole position time. An impressive feat, showing Carlo has what it takes to be one of the best karters in the country. He was able to run consistently in the top ten and came home with a good haul of points.

Competing in six heats over two days is physically demanding and emotionally challenging, especially on the younger drivers. All three team members overcame adversity to produce some solid results and can look back on the weekend with pride.

The next round of the championship will take place at iDube on 8 October.