Fast and furious racing at the BMW Car Club Gauteng annual Go-Karting social at the Big Z
Story: Craig Withers
The BMW Car Club Gauteng got its 2017 calendar off to a racing start with the ever popular Karting Challenge at the Kart circuit at Zwartkops International Raceway. This event has grown exponentially over the last few years with over 70 eager club members and friends joining us for an overcast Sunday morning on the 5th of February.
After indemnities were signed, Colin welcomed everyone to the event. Jeff gave everyone a brief explanation of the rules and regulations and introduced everyone to the new karts which were to be used for the day. Due to the high turnout on the day, teams were revised from 4 to 5 drivers. The Le Mans style race was also extended by half an hour to 2½ hours with a break for refueling.
The racing itself was exciting with some very close racing and some daring over taking maneuvers. The new karts were a hit and the number of spins reduced as drivers got to grips with the handling.
Competitiveness was the order of the day with some drivers been pulled out of the car by their team mates in attempt to save time during the driver rotation – No names mentioned (Lorenzo and team) but some were more successful than others using this tactic.
At the end of the race (the closest ever evidenced by Jeff and his team for this type of endurance event) it was a HAT–TRICK of karting wins for Sav Gualtieri and his team. Congratulations - We have no doubt they will be back to defend their title reign again in 2018.
The standings after two-and-a-half hours of racing were as follows:
Carlo Garbini, Humberto, Johnny Markatselis, Salvi Gualtieri, Sav Gualtieri
Dimitri Fameliaris, Jonathan Sanders, Julian Fameliaris, Nicolas Georghiou, Stefano Martinelli
Jorge Estrela, Mishal Sing, Noor-Deen Sing, Paulo Angelo Loureiro, Rick Loureiro
Evie, Nector, Paris, Ronaldo Cassiola, Tony Collaro
Charl van Straaten, Colin van Son, JP Soutar
A Diamond, Guy Patron, Ivano Franscessci, Paulo Franscessci,
Lorenzo G, Marcel Cristofoli, Marco Balboni, Theo P, Carlo Garbini
Farhaad Ebrahim, Gerhard van Zyl, Zaheer Seedat, Zayn Fakir, Zeyad Ismail
Aveer Bhoodram, Chien Bien Chou, Mark Hartley, Nick Hartley, Ryan van Son
Daniel Manners, Estelle Vermooten, Gerdus Smit, Liza Weideman
Berno Lategan, Gavin Cope, Jaco du Plessis, Louis du Plessis, Quinn Lubbe
Andeas Meier, Cameron Cochran, Chris Lubbe, Joanne Cloete, Troy Cochran
Douglas Brian Wallace, Pierre Joubert, Pieter Lombard, Rupert Giessing, Varish Ganpath
Brett Michaelis, Craig Withers, Derek Waterston, Douglas Waterston, Michele Torrente