Round one of regional series gets off to blistering start
Round one of the Regional Series between Border and Eastern Province got off to a blistering start last Saturday at the EL Grand Prix incorporating Border Karting round two.
In the DD2 class, current EP and Border champion Geoff Stephen dominated in all three heats and nabbed an easy win ahead of PE challengers Byron Teengs and Brett Brito.
Jono Stephen, Teengs, Brito and James Moore entertained the crowds with some close racing throughout the day. Jacques du Preez put in an impressive drive in his maiden outing in DD2.
In the Rotax Max Clubmans Masters class, Geoff again dominated all three heats ahead of Leeroy Randall, with Greg Thompson showing he will be a force to be reckoned with by claiming third spot. PE’s Cobus Barkhuzen came in fourth, just ahead of Duwaune Venter.
Brady Choudree continued on his winning ways in the Senior Clubmans class, and behind him Ryan Gudmanz impressed with a sterling drive to claim second place. Gudmanz earned himself the Driver of the Day.
Du Preez showed quick pace, claiming two second places, but luck was not on his side with a stripped drive sprocket causing him to drop out of heat 2, relegating him to
Jono was fourth for the day, while Derek Pratt on his maiden outing in the class finished fifth. Bad luck continued to dog Choudree as his engine let go in the first heat.
Kyle Heideman showed PE’s Kayden Croucamp the way home in Heat 1 in the Junior Clubman’s class, but Croucamp adapted to the circuit and was able to clinch the next two heats, giving him the win.
Tim Ball would have been set to challenge, but his engine expired during qualifying, putting him out of contention for the day. Lincoln Randall showed the entire field a clean pair of heels in the Rotax Micro Max class.
PE’s Aiden Green and Moore had a long tussle with local lad Tyler Stephen and the final positions were Green at second, Tyler third and Moore at fourth Taygan Roets enjoyed his first race meeting, finishing sixth ahead of Scotty Heideman in fifth.
Sadly, the Mini Rok field has become depleted of late, and here Red Scholtz ran in as the winner ahead of Myles Krause.
It is encouraging to see new growth in the Bambino class. PE’s Caleb Moss dominated all three heats with Jack Moore taking second spot ahead of Border’s Traiton Boshoff. Jason du Preez and Michel Breiner, both newcomers, fought hard over fifth place with Du Preez eventually claiming the spot.
In the 4 Stroke Clubmans Masters, Thompson took three wins, leaving the rest of the field to haggle over the remaining placings. Ashley Mylie emerged victorious, taking second place ahead of Andre Shrier and Charl van Heerden.
Pratt and Randall had their customary titanic battle in the 4 Stroke Clubmans Seniors, with Pratt drawing first blood by winning heat 1. Randall took heat 2 and 3, giving him the overall win ahead of Pratt and Connor Alexander.
Bryce Choudree’s amazing run of bad luck continued unabated as he was sidelined during heat 1 with mechanical issues. Reeno Swanepoel finished 4th ahead of Storme Rheeders. This great initiative of 4 Stroke Academy Seniors drew no less than eight competitors. Kyle Swartz took the win ahead of Aphelele Majavu and Will Christians.
Allison Rheeders put in a good performance to beat some of the boys, finishing ahead of Liam Christians in fifth and Alex Eberhardt in sixth.
In the 4 Stroke Academy Junior class, Jayden Meise took the win with Jordan du Preez at second and Rafiq Poovan at third. Rebecca van der Westhuizen was another young lass who edged out Matthew Prins and Luke Rens.
For info, contact karting chair Joe Borges on 082-442-7467 or joe@big joeracing.com