ROK CUP SA National Karting Round 3 Race Preview

Killarney International Raceway Kart Track

20th June 2019

The weather forecast looks daunting. Expectations of high winds and pounding rain have been made clear, weighing heavily on the minds of the ROK karters and their teams ahead of the all-important ROK National at Killarney.

The newly resurfaced track hasn’t seen a wet race day yet. Local drivers who have practiced in the wet may enjoy an advantage this weekend, but karting is so unpredictable and exciting that anything is possible.

This is especially true in ROK classes with fields of over 20 karters often separated top to bottom by just a couple of seconds. You can expect non-stop action this Saturday at Killarney.

Kid ROK (6 – 10 Years)

Kid ROK offers an entry point into karting for kids as young as 6 years old. Whilst most of their friends are still figuring out how to read, these young racing drivers are hunting down the apex and trying to get the perfect exit.

Inspiring stuff indeed.

Championship leader Luke Hill (Praga) arrives at Killarney after a dominant start to the season, winning 5 out of 6 National heats thus far.

Hot on his heels in the championship are Aadam Kajee (Formula K), 2018 Kid ROK National Champion Luan Mostert (Kosmic), Anesu Maphumelo (FA) and Goran Gruben (Praga) who endured a tough PE race after a podium finish in Vereeniging.

The cat among the pigeons this weekend will be Reese Koorzen (Kosmic). As one of the most talented karters based at Killarney, it would be a brave man who bets against him taking a podium spot.

Troy van der Laan (Praga) is another driver who is perfectly capable of upsetting the apple cart.

Further back, a few names are missing off the current entry list and therefore not making the trip to Cape Town. This gives the likes of Ethan Schultz (Kosmic), Aiden Green (Kosmic), Grayson van Zummeren (Praga) and Joshua Moore (Kosmic) a golden opportunity to fight it out in the mid-pack.

The class is rounded out by Enzo Rujugiro (FA), Jude Stuart (Zanardi) and Jack Moore (Praga).

Mini ROK (8 – 13 Years)

Have you taken your heart medicine? Good, you’ll need it.

With 21 young racers on the entry list, Mini ROK looks set to serve up some fine racing. This is the only ROK class that runs in WPMC Regional events, so there are a number of local drivers who will do everything possible to maximise points at their home race.

Muhammad Wally (FA) and Nikolas Roos (Tony Kart) will need to be on top form to keep local boy Lucas Royston (Tony Kart) out. The battle for the championship lead is incredibly tight, with only 4 points separating the top 3 drivers.

Jayden Goosen (Kosmic) and Tristan Coertze (Kosmic) are locked in a championship fight with KC Ensor-Smith (Praga) who has demonstrated excellent pace this year without the points to show for it.

Michele Patrizi (Tony Kart) will be itching to elevate himself from the mid-pack to a podium after finishing 4th overall in Vereeniging and 5th in PE. Local racer Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) suffered a setback in PE after a strong start in Vereeniging and will be one to watch on his home track.

Troy Snyman (Kosmic) missed the first race of the year in Vereeniging and then stamped his authority with a 2nd place finish in PE. His championship battle with Luviwe Sambudla (FA), Capetonian Joaquin de Oliveira (Tony Kart) and Luke Hill (Praga) may not play out that way on track if pace in PE is anything to go by.

Daniel van Zummeran (Kosmic), Mika Abrahams (Kosmic) and Redd Scholts (Kosmic) look set to deliver action further down the pack as they each hope for a strong race to elevate themselves into the top 10 in the Championship. Moosa Kajee (Formula K) will be keen to play catch-up in the Championship standings.

Taya van der Laan (Praga) makes her first appearance in Mini ROK this year and it will be fascinating to see where she ends up on the timesheets. Local driver Ethan Lennon (Tony Kart) will be equally keen to make an impression on his home track.

Ghazi Motlekar (Formula K) and Joshua Smith (Kosmic) join the Mini ROK craziness for the first time this year.

OKJ (12 – 14 Years)

This class is FAST. Perhaps most importantly, this is the gateway to professional motorsport among the ROK classes. With an FIA Academy OKJ seat up for grabs to compete over three events in Europe, it’s all to play for this in class for the young teenagers.

Leyton Fourie (Kosmic), Kwanda Mokoena (FA) and 2019 MSA FIA Academy driver Joshua Coertze (Kosmic) are locked in a spectacular championship battle that saw Fourie draw first blood in Vereeniging before having a very difficult result in PE.

However, the FIA Academy battle is taking place behind them in the Championship as each of Fourie, Mokoena and Coertze will be too old to qualify in 2020. The Academy onslaught is being led by Capetonian Tate Bishop (Kosmic) with fellow Capetonian Kyle Visser (Tony Kart) just 2 points back.

Daniele Patrizi (FA) lies 6th in the Championship ahead of another Academy contender, Josh Le Roux (Kosmic). Jarrod Waberski (Praga), Ndumiso Bungane (FA) and Lorenzo Cianfanelli (Kosmic) are battling for the remaining top ten spots.

Aqil Alibhai (Kosmic) missed the first round but took 5th overall in PE, so his pace looks good enough to mix things up near the front. Taya van der Laan (Praga) is doing double duty on her ROK National debut this year.

Ruan Putter (Kosmic) also joins the fray this weekend after recovering from an accident in Round 1 of the Champioship.

Super ROK – DVS

You’ll hear these karts before you see them. With high-revving powerful motors, the DVS class is seriously quick.

Charl Visser (Tony Kart) leads the Championship and will certainly be confident of a victory on his home track. Joseph Ellerine (Kosmic) is his Championship rival.

However, both of them will have their hands seriously full with an entry from Capetonian karting sensation Dino Stermin (Kosmic), undoubtedly one of the most talented drivers in the country.

Zachary Dufty (Kosmic) is the fourth and final entry in this class.

GP125 Shifters

Many Capetonian fans have never seen GP125 Shifters before. Running at similar pace to DVS at the sharp end in Vereeniging, these karts offer a totally different experience with a 6 speed gearbox.

The class has only had one race thus far in Vereeniging, so these karts will be hungry for their second bite at the cherry.

Scott Falconer (CRG) leads the way after victory in the first round, but he will be acutely aware that Fabienne Lanz (Formula K) outqualified him for pole before having a difficult race day. She will be right up there against Falconer and the likes of Kyle Mitchell (Tony Kart) and Dominic Dias (Tony Kart) on raw pace.

The wildcard for pace is Keagan Masters (Zanardi) who looks set to take time out of his VW GTC car to return to his roots.

Ryan Bakewell (Formula K) lies 4th in the championship head of Miguel Dias (Tony Kart), Dylan Seely (FA) and Calvin Dias (Tony Kart).

Kurt Blakewell (Formula K), Wayne Masters (FA), Anthony Rofail (Formula K), Bjorn Roos (Tony Kart), Mauro Munari (CRG) and David Veringa (Kosmic) will seek to improve their Championship positions in the absence of other drivers from the entry list.

Lonika Maartens (Formula K), Ryan Cooper (Kosmic), Louis Dias (Tony Kart) and Tato Carello (Kosmic) round out this exciting class.

Conclusion

The ROK CUP SA comes to Killarney this Saturday. So should you. We can confidently say that no better form of entertainment is available in Cape Town this weekend than packed ROK grids racing in “possible rain”.

Issued by Carbs and Coffee Media on behalf of ROK CUP SA