RS Kart South Africa emerged victorious from round 5 of the Northern Regions Rotax Max championship, held at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday 5 December 2020.
Championship contender, Mattao Mason made his intensions clear by putting his kart on the front row of the grid for heat one. He was a mere six hundredths of second off the pole setting time.
Mattao had a good first heat, taking the race win in an exciting photo finish. He won the race by just two hundredths of a second! The youngster took second place in heat two, but was not deterred by being runner up. He headed into heat three filled with confidence and determination to take the race win and the fastest lap. The final race of the day saw Mattao taking another race win, making it three out of four for the day. He took the number one spot in the overall standings and clinched the 2020 Northern Regions Bambino Championship Title.
Maddox Mason had a tough qualifying session, putting his kart on the fourth row of the grid. He had a good first race, making up ground to take the Chequered Flag in fifth. It was a hard fought second heat with some exceptionally close racing. Maddox finished seventh. Leaving his best for last, Maddox put in a fantastic heat three drive, crossing the finish line in second place. He took another podium finish in heat four, this time taking the flag third. Maddox’s results were good enough to earn him second place overall for the day.
Ewan Venter qualified in ninth position and ended the first heat one spot higher in eighth. He was consistent in race two, crossing the finish line eighth. Ewan was again in the thick of the mid-field action in heat three and this time took the flag in ninth position. He had a good final heat, taking seventh place. Ewan ended the day ninth overall in the regional results and sixth in the club standings.
Kegan Martin put in a sterling qualifying performance to put his RS Kart on the second row of the grid. Unfortunately, he had a disastrous first heat and was classified in eighth place, albeit two laps down. He recovered well in race two, working his way through the field to cross the finish line in fourth place.
It certainly was a rollercoaster of the day and Kegan was only able to complete one lap in heat three. Another uphill battle saw Kegan finish fifth in the final heat. Although he only finished seventh in the overall results, Kegan showed tremendous race pace and with some better luck, will be a force to be reckoned with next season.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of entries, the FKR Shifter class was cancelled and Carlo Olivier didn’t get a chance to race this weekend.
It was a good end to the Rotax season for RS Kart and earning a championship title in just their first season in South Africa bodes well for the future. RS Kart look forward to growing from strength to strength in the coming years.