The second and third rounds of the South African Rotax Max championship took place at Zwartkops Raceway this past weekend (19 and 20 September) and RS Kart were well represented.
The Bambino class produced arguably the best racing of the weekend and one mistake saw competitors losing as many as five positions. The RS Kart team were launched into the thick of the action by, Mattao Mason, Maddox Mason and Ewan Venter.
Mattao qualified on the second row of the grid, a mere three tenths off the pole time. He had a solid first heat, holding his position to finish in 4th place. Maddox qualified 13th, with Ewan 14th. Both drivers had a good first race, moving up four positions to finish 9th and 10th respectively.
Race two saw Mattao finish 6th, with Maddox 10th with Ewan 13th.
After a good night’s rest, racing resumed on Sunday morning. Mattao had a fantastic third heat and was challenging for the lead at every corner. He took the chequered flag in 2nd place. Maddox held steady in 10th, with Ewan having a few issues down in 14th.
Race four was fairly intense, with Mattao again challenging for the lead positions. He crossed the finish line in 4th place. Maddox finished 12th with Ewan 15th.
Six races in one weekend is fairly strenuous for these young drivers and you could see them starting to take strain by race 5. Mattao didn’t have a good race, finding himself on the wrong end of a barrage of karts. He finished 9th, ahead of Maddox in 11th and Ewan in 14th.
Maddox had a brilliant final heat, finishing in 6th place, slightly ahead of big brother, Mattao in 7th. Ewan finished the final race just short of the top ten, in 11th place.
After a long weekend of racing Mattao ended the day in a strong 4th place in the overall results. Maddox put in a solid performance to finish 8th, with Ewan, in his national debut, claiming 13th.
Privateer, Keegan Martin debuted his RS Kart in Micro Max this weekend. He qualified in 11th position and had a good first race crossing the line in 7th. He took to race two, filled with confidence and put in a fantastic performance finishing in 5th place, amongst many well-seasoned competitors.
Keegan finished 8th in heat 3, but quickly made up ground to claim another 5th place finish in heat four. He didn’t have things all his own way, dropping down to 11th in race five. Keegan finished in 9th place in the final heat of the day and took a commendable 6th place in the overall standings for the weekend. An impressive display in his RS Kart debut event.
Josh le Roux qualified in sixth position in Senior Max and experienced some teething problems in his new RS Kart, finishing race one down in 11th place. He made up a lot of ground in race two, working his way through the field to the 6th.
Josh was in the thick of the action in heat three and was challenging for a podium position. At the end of 15 laps, he fell just short of his goal and crossed the line 4th. Josh took the chequered flag 5th in heat four, but experienced some on track difficulties in the penultimate race, finishing down in 13th. Unfortunately, the bump in race five lead to some technical issues in the final heat and Josh was unable to complete the final heat of the day.
Josh was able to show that he had the pace to run up front and this bodes well for the RS Kart chassis in this highly competitive class.
It was a long weekend of racing and the RS Kart drivers did the brand proud. The next round of the championship will take place in Cape Town at the end of October.
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