The final round of the 2019 SA Rotax Max Championship took place at Zwartkops this past weekend (21 and 22 September) and the Birelart South Africa Official team walked away with four overall wins for the day.
The Bambino class produced some of the most exciting racing of the day and Tshepang Shisinwana was in the thick of the action. He qualified on the front row of the grid and took a hard fought race one win. He claimed victory in the next two races, before finishing 5th in the final heat of the day. Tshepang ended the event on the top step of the podium in the overall standings and also caused a championship upset, making up a massive 25 point deficit to claim the championship title.
Mattao Mason had a good day. After qualifying 8th, he made up three places to take the flag in 8th. He finished 7th in heat two and 8th in heat three. Mattao was dynamite off the start line and got himself up to second place in both of these races. Unfortunately, a technical gremlin lead to a DNF in the final heat, leaving Mattao 10th overall for the day.
Dhivyen Naidoo flew the Birelart flag high. He qualified in 4th, but quickly got himself into 2nd place off the start. He held this position to the flag and repeated the performance in the next two heats. Dhivyen won the final race of the day and took the number 1 spot in the overall standings. His valiant effort moved him up to 2nd in the championship results.
Mini Max and Junior Max:
Matthew Morrell continued to impress in Mini Max, putting his kart on pole position and taking the race one win. He briefly led the second race, before dropping into 2nd place. Matthew ended both remaining heats in 2nd and took top honours in the overall standings. He ended the season 2nd in the championship.
It was an exceptionally busy weekend for Matthew, who also competed in all four Junior Max races. His first outing in the kart went well and Matthew finished in the top ten in every race and ended the day 8th overall.
It was a weekend of mixed results for Shrien Naidoo. After qualifying in 2nd place, Shrien made a challenge for the lead going into the first corner. Unfortunately, he went in far too hot and ended up running wide on to the dirty part of the track, dropping down the pack. He worked his way back up to 6th, but received a nose cone penalty which relegated him down to 8th. Shrien finished 2nd in heat two and in heat three, where he also set the fastest lap of the race. Although he started the final heat from pole position, he was unable to complete the race. Shrien ended the day 6th overall and finished the national season in 2nd place.
Connor Donovan had a consistent weekend. He qualified 5th and held this position to the flag in race one. Some competitive racing saw Connor finish 6th in heat two and 7th in heat three. Connor took the flag 6th in the final race and earned 5th in the overall standings for the day. A rough point’s calculation indicates that Connor ended the season in 6th place.
It was a perfect weekend for Bradley Liebenberg, who qualified 2nd and went on to win all four races in emphatic style. He took 1st in the overall standings and ended 3rd in the national championship.
It was a difficult weekend for Dominic Lincoln who raced his DD2 at Zwartkops for the first time this year. He qualified in 13th position, but made up some ground in the first race to finish 8th. Dominic ended the second heat 9th, before disaster struck in race three. A small miscalculation saw Dominic finishing the race marginally underweight, which according to the rules is an automatic disqualification. Dominic didn’t let this keep him down, showing true grit and determination in the final heat, finishing 4th. This left him 11th overall for the day and 6th in the championship results.
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