Thrilling karting action promised at Grand Prix

NEW SEASON: The new Border Karting season starts on Saturday at the EL Grand Prix. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Border Karting championship season kicks off on Saturday at the East London Grand Prix Circuit.

The Bambino class will look slightly depleted as Caleb Odendaal and Lincoln Randall move up to the Mini Max class. This will leave Traiton Boshoff as one of the favourites to dominate the season, alongside Arabelle Krause.

The Mini Rok field is looking rather depleted as Tim Ball has moved up to Junior Max and Jordan van der Merwe has called time on karting. This will leave Redd Scholtz and Myles Krause to fly the flag in this class.

The Micro Max class is going from strength to strength, having regional championship status for 2020. 2019 champion Caleb Odendaal along with Tyler Stephen, Scott Heideman, Lincoln Randall and newcomer Teagan Roets will represent Border Karting against a strong EP contingent.

The Clubman’s Max class delivered some superb racing in 2019, with fields of up to 20 karts. The 2020 season promises to be even more successful, so much so that within the Clubman’s class there will now be a Masters class for heavy weights, a Senior class, and a Junior class.

The GBB racing stable is rumoured to be fielding around 10 entrants between the Junior and Senior class, with some of the Karting Academy drivers having won the opportunity to
race for this team and joining the formidable driver line-up of the Choudree brothers, the Marais sisters and Ethan Springfield.

2019 runner-up Jaryd de Kock will likely appear again in the Senior class with Ryan Gudmanz and Jaques du Preez, both of whom have shown amazing pace lately. Leeroy Randall suffered some gremlins in 2019 but has the pace to run at the front providing luck smiles on his equipment. Julian Herman is another ultra competitive campaigner who could pull of a good result.

Stephen2Racing will be fielding Jono Stephen in the Senior class with 2019 champion Geoff Stephen heading up to the Masters class, alongside Neil Stephen. They will likely be joined by Duwaune Venter amongst others who find difficulty in getting down to the minimum weight of the youngsters.

The Clubman’s class will also qualify for regional status in 2020, and hopefully this will
eventually result in some Border competitors being awarded provincial colours.

The ultra-quick DD2 class has suffered from dwindling numbers of late, which is a pity as this class delivers extremely thrilling racing, particularly when the Eastern Province drivers come to town. Here, current regional champion Geoff Stephen will be joined by his brother Jono and Jared de Kock

The 4 Stroke Clubman’s class delivers the best bang for buck as far as competitors are concerned. Leeroy Randall, Derek Pratt and the Choudree brothers kept spectators entertained throughout 2019 with several new faces stepping up from the Karting Academy.

The racing starts at 11am, refreshments and food will be available. Entrance is R10 per person.

For more details contact Border Karting chairperson Joe Borges on 082-442-7467 or email joe@bigjoeracing.com.

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