Kart champion off to Portugal – Help support ‘SA’s future F1 driver’

RISING STAR: Karting champion Caleb Odendaal, 10, is raising funds to travel to Portugal to compete in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in November. Picture: SUPPLIED

Young Caleb Odendaal, an award- winning karting champion, is preparing to compete in tournaments across the world, despite only being 10 years old.

Caleb is busy gearing up to take part in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal in November.

He qualified for the finals by winning the National Mini Max Championship and claiming his second African Open Title.

These titles earned him a place in the national team to participate in the ‘Olympics of Karting’ in Portugal.

Caleb’s passion for karting started when he was six years old. After a family friend let him try it out, his father noticed his potential and bought him his own kart.

”I tried my hand at karting at age six and immediately fell in love with racing and the feeling it brought,” Caleb said.

“A few days later my dad bought me my own kart and I started competing at my local club in East London.

“Since then nothing much has changed. I love to compete and I believe hard work will always be rewarded as my short career has shown.”

He has competed at regional level in Gauteng, considered to be the most competitive regional championship in SA.

He finished as runner-up in the regional championships and top-placed rookie with an impressive five victories and 14 podiums.

To attend the tournament in Portugal, he needs R400,000 to cover the travel and accommodation costs for a team of three.

Robbie du Rand, of RDR Events, has assisted the young champion in his various fundraising initiatives to raise money for the trip.

“We are working to help Caleb get to Portugal with the Golf Day and also running a fundraiser on Quicket, where you can donate any amount.

“He has to come up with R400k and as a fellow local we need to get behind him. I’ve had Caleb on the RDR SHOW on YouTube, he is a true champion and inspiration. I truly believe he will be a Formula 1 world champion one day,” said Du Rand.

The Golf Day on September 30 will be held at the Olivewood Golf Estate.

Four ball is R800 per person. To enter, contact Nola at 081-316-9020.

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