Record entries at leg five of ROTAX Max Challenge
11 September 2021 | Sports
Jörg Goldbeck; Organiser; “It was a great day of karting and it shows that motorsport is alive in Namibia.”
A record-breaking 26 participants were in action at the fifth leg of the adrenaline-pumping ROTAX Max Challenge Namibia Karting championship which took place at the Tony Rust race track in Windhoek recently.
Organiser Jörg Goldbeck said that the event was a huge success.
“It showed that motorsport is alive and that karting is a fast-growing motorsport in Namibia.”
In the Bambino Class (5-8 years old), eight participants went full throttle, racing for the checkered flag. Cecil Koort Jnr made a clean sweep, winning all three heats. Paul Oosthuizen finished second while Basti van Niekerk ended third. With this, Koorts extended his Championship lead.
Five participants took part in the Maxterino Class (7-13 years old). Heinrich Roos emerged victorious ahead of Mario Neves and Travis Nell who battled it out for second and third place respectively.
There were only two participants in the Junior Max Class (12-16 years old): Allen Smith won all three heats, while Michael Fourie raced hard to end second Three participants fought it out in the Senior Max Class (15 to open). Justus Beulker made a clean sweep by winning all three heats with an outstanding top-level performance in his new Sodi kart.
Beulker, who is actually a junior max class driver, entered the senior max class to prepare for the Rotax African Open on 3 October in Pretoria.
Chazlo Mara delivered a solid performance, taking second place, while newcomer Martin Gouws, giving a remarkable first performance, ended third.
Richie Slamet and Ivan Vorster battled it out in the DD2 (15-open / 2 gear shifters) Class. Both gave exceptional performances. However, it was Slamet who won all three heats with Vorster hot on his tail in second.
Five participants competed in the DD2 Class (32-open / 2 gear shifters). Newcomer Richard Slamet Snr won the first heat, while another newcomer, Rainer Windisch, won the second heat with a solid performance.
Paul Oosthuizen snatched the win in the third heat and also clinched the overall win the class. Windisch finished second, leaving Slamet Snr to end the day in third. He was followed by Jörg Goldbeck and Cecil Koorts Snr in fourth and fifth respectively.
The overall championship is wide open with two racing events remaining for this year.
Paul Oosthuizen currently leads the championship with a 10-point lead over of Jörg Goldbeck.
Nine karters will head to the Rotax African Open in Pretoria in October.
“We are expecting about 120 drivers to participate at that event. The winners of the African Open will go to the World Finals in Bahrain in December,” said Goldbeck.
The next race in the Rotax series is scheduled to take place on 6 November at Tony Rust in Windhoek.