Namibian go-kart racers off to Africa Open

Racing for the nation

25 September 2021 | Sports

Jörg Goldbeck; Manager, Rotax Namibia events; “This is the first time that so many Namibians participate at an African Open.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


A number of Namibian go-kart racers will compete at the ROTAX Africa Open 2021 scheduled to take place in Pretoria, South Africa on 3 October.

They are Jörg Goldbeck, Paul Oosthuizen, Ivan Vorster, Richie Slamet, Paul Oosthuizen Jnr, Basti van Niekerk and Cecil Koorts.

According to manager of Rotax Namibia events, Jörg Goldbeck, they are leaving for Pretoria on Friday (24 September) morning.

“We will have a full week of training at the Zwartskop racetrack before the African Open,” he said.

This is not the first time that Namibians take part at the event, although this year sees a bigger team departing for South Africa.

“Namibian drivers have participated in the Africa Open in the past, but not many,” Goldbeck said.

He added that the level of competition is very high.

“South African drivers are world-class. We hope to gain as much experience as possible to bring home to raise the level of go-kart racing locally,” he said.

The winners in every class (excluding the bambino class) at the Africa Open will get a ticket to partake at the world finals later this year.

The winner of the bambino class will win a karting suit.

Nationally, the go-kart action continues with leg seven and eight of the Rotax Max Challenge Namibia Karting Championship Series rounding of the go-kart racing calendar.

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