Go-kart action in Swakopmund


29 November 2021 | Sports

Jörg Goldbeck; Organiser; “Motorsport has got a lot of potential, but it needs some structure…”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The ROTAX MAX challenge Namibia national leg 8, saw about 30 drivers participating in six different categories at the Swakopmund Go-Kart track over the weekend. The six different categories comprised the Bambino’s, Junior Max, Senior Max, Terino, DD2, DD2 masters.

The one-day event served up some great action and tightly contest duels on Sunday. This was the last leg of the ROTAX MAX challenge. “The competition comprised three heats for the different classes, where after the season champions were crowned. The Bambinos, which consist of children aged 5 – 8, only do 15 laps; the masters cover 15 laps; while all the other classes have to complete 22 laps,” organiser Jörg Goldbeck explained.

According to Goldbeck, there is a lot of potential amongst the youth in the sport. “There are definitely some famous rally drivers rising amongst the upcoming go kart racers. We are happy with the level of racing and are trying to improve every year. We are doing very well in terms of lap times, speed, discipline and driving skills.”

Namibian racers also recently competed in the ROTAX MAX challenge South African Open. “It was a great event and opportunity. We were eight drivers from Namibia participating in different categories. We may have gotten a beating from South Africa, but we also learned a lot. The improvements we experienced on lap times were amazing. We are going again next year, so we will fight from the back and see what happens.” In addition to receiving trophies, all the respective champions received free tickets to the African Open next year as well as a set of new tyres.

There is also a Kart Store race scheduled for December in Swakopmund, with international competitors invited. However, this dependents on the current Covid-19 situation. “We have seven Angolan drivers, as well as entrants from South Africa who are ready to compete, but they are all unsure about what is going to happen next in terms of our borders. Everything is in place, but now we need to wait and see.

Goldbeck added that main aim is to grow the sport. “It is not a cheap sport, but it is motorsport and all motorsport gains from karting. We start at an early age, thus developing the sport. We hope to keep the guys in karting, but some will branch out to drag or circuit racing or rally. Motorsport has a lot of potential, but it needs some structure. The long-term aim is definitely to get our guys to the world finals.”

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