The 2021 ROK Cup National Kart Championship season concluded at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit on September 11, with several national champions crowned.
A large field of entries from across South Africa added to the event’s prestige that saw the curtain come down on a successful season despite the continuous restrictions imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
KZ2 / KZ / KZ MASTERS
Keagan Masters was crowned National KZ2 Champion following a nail-biting final eat on Saturday.
In what turned out to be the most exciting race of the season, the final heat ultimately decided the championship, with Johannesburg-resident Keagan Masters triumphant over Joshua Coertze and Fabienne Lanz, all of who theoretically were still in with a chance of winning the national title. With only a few corners remaining on the final lap, Masters suffered a mechanical failure that left Coertze with nowhere to go but into the rear bumper of Masters. The unfortunate incident saw Coertze receive a nose-cone infringement penalty. Despite finishing ahead of Masters, Coertze and Lanz would come up short in the final championship standings.
Masters added his maiden national shifter championship to several other national and international motorsport accolades. Lanz, however, took the spoils for the day ahead of Capetonian Dino Stermin and newly crowned national champion, Masters.
While The KZ / KZ Masters class did not compete nationally, Round 6 of the Northern Regions Kart Championship saw Dominic Dias take the overall honours on the day ahead of Calvin Dias and Connor Rogers. In the KZ Masters class, Paulo Dias placed first, Wayne Masters second, and Miguel Dias third.
KC Ensor-Smith dominated the OKJ class this weekend with a hat trick of wins.
KC Ensor-Smith astonished all with a dominant performance in the 12 to 14-year-old karting category. Ensor-Smith was phenomenal and won all three heats ahead of Nikolas Roos, who retained his national title after three runner-up finishes. Starting from pole for the opening heat, Ensor-Smith drove away from the competition and finished several seconds ahead of the field, something he repeated in Heat 2 and Heat 3. Roos finished second overall, while KZN’s Dhivyen Naidoo took the final podium position. The regional result saw the afore-mentioned drivers finish in the same order.
Ethan Lennon returned from international duty to take the overall Mini ROK victory.
Luviwe Sambudla was crowned the 2021 National Mini ROK Champion following a consistent season of solid results. The Squadra Corse driver had done enough to take his maiden karting title. Ethan Lennon was the top qualifier on Friday afternoon, with the Capetonian taking his strong pace into Saturday’s three heats. Lennon took a hat trick of victories to place first overall ahead of Wian Boshoff and Ashton Repsold. As has become the norm with Mini ROK racing, the battle for the podium places was closely contested.
East London driver Caleb Odendaal took the Mini ROK U/10 overall victory with two wins on the day. Odendaal finished ahead of Berlin Robinson and Mattao Mason, the latter clinching the National Mini ROK U/10 Championship. Mason has shown tremendous maturity since making the step up to Mini ROK.
Jack Moore was crowned the National Kid ROK Champion following a ninth victory for the season
Port Elizabeth’s Jack Moore arrived at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit as the favourite to win the national title, having won all but one heat during the 2021 national season. Moore secured his maiden national title, having won nine from 12 race heats. Despite Moore’s determination to finish first overall for a fourth consecutive round, Rafael da Silva walked away with the round’s top national and regional honours following two victories on the day. Moore finished as runner up to Da Silva and Ewan Venter, with Venter displaying some resolute driving this weekend.
Michael Danks finished on top this weekend and went on to secure the inaugural MSA Bambino National Championship.
Following a three-round national championship, Michael Danks was crowned as the inaugural MSA Bambino National Champion, following his overall victory this past weekend. Danks took another double-podium to record his fifth victory from nine races and the only driver in the championship to finish on the podium at every race. As national champion Danks also received a brand new Kid ROK engine. Santiago Frade finished as the day’s runner up ahead of Arabelle Krause. Kayde Cornofsky secured the regional victory.
The Superfinal in Italy awaits the winners later this year. Well done to all our champions and thank you to all our competitors for being part of a very successful season. Good luck to those competing in Italy. Make us proud.
*All championship points are provisional until verified by MSA.
Issued by Motorsport Fanatix™ on behalf of For the Win Motorsports.