A cracking African Open Challenge meeting rounded off athrilling weekendâ€™s Rotax Max Karting at the iDube raceway in the KwazuluNatalMidlands Sunday as the continentâ€™s finest karters fought for ultimate glory anda ticket to the World Finals on the Algarve inPortugal in November.
South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Tunisiaâ€™sfinest karters were put to the test in a winner-takes-all race in each of theclasses following two qualifying races that saw fraught action throughout.
Mr Maxterino 2012, Clinton Bezuidenhout came back from arare glitch in his second qualifier to beat fellow KZN racer JarrodOdendaaland Gauteng lass Neha Harpal to scoop the honours in a thrilling primary schoolMaxterino final characterised by threeseparate multi-kart flag-to flag dices.Bezuidenhout who all but wrapped up back-to-back SA titles in the class in Saturdayâ€™snationalraces, won himself a new Maxterino engine for his efforts.
The stakes were higher in each of the other three races however,with the winner earning himself a World Final invitation. Thathonour in thehigh school Junior Max class went to Bradley Liebenberg, who bounced back froma monster accident in Saturdayâ€™snational to grab the ticket, beating MichaelBucholz and Wesley Vosloo to victory with the trio split by just half a secondat the flag.
Michel Licen topped the open Senior Max class, beating Capetrio David Perel, Chad Daniels and Ricky Perdigao to the World FinalswhileLuca Canderle made up for missing out on a clean sweep of wins in Satudayâ€™snational with an emphatic drive to victory in theDD2 gearbox class for openand masters drivers to earn the honour of driving for his country in November.Lady driver FabienneLanz and Justin Allison completed the podium.
Reigning DD2 world champion Cristiano Morgado booked hisplace to defend his title at the Algarve by winning the Masters class.