History was made in the Northern Region Karting Championship fifth round as it produced an all-girl karting podium thought to be the first in the world.
South African lady racers Fabienne Lanz, Ivana Cetinich and Shannon Jackson defied odds on Saturday in the first race of the Rotax Max Senior class beating all men to the chequered flag – making a unique all-girl podium.
Lanz, riding a Formula K machine beat Cetinich on a Birel by two seconds, with Jackson (CRG) fending off gentlemen racers Tylan Witbooi and Jarryd Wray for third. Only a spirited comeback drive by Wray would prevent the ladies from scoring an overall 1-2-3 on the day when he took third place on the day off Jackson by a solitary point, finishing behind Lanz, who took the honours from Cetinich.
An action packed day also saw high school Junior Max and Rock Championship. Delon Thompson (Birel) extended his lead in the Junior Max, leaving behind Blaine Rademeyer and Joshua Dias, in all three races. Another who whipped three races, Luca Munaretto (FA Kart) in Junior Rok class races as he comfortably beat Jordan North and Mike Pringle. Primary school battles between Kwanda Mokoena (FA) and Cameron O Connor (Topkart) continued in the Maxterino honours with Mokoena taking top honours ahead of O Conor and Saood Variawa (Topkart). Variawa consolation was the Mini Rok class which he beat Altan Bouw (Zanardi) and Blaine Rademeyer (Topkart).
In the gearbox classes, Justin Allison (TonyKart) maintained his recent national championship winning advantage scoring three wins and overall Rotax DD2 honours for the day. Ronnie Baptista (CRG) took Masters class honours in second overall ahead of Chad Maciver and Pascal Aquaah.
The six-speed IAME X30 class results had a familiar ring about them as Nathan Parkins (Kosmic) reeled off another three race wins to take an easy overall victory over Connor Rogers (Zanardi) and Keagan Masters (FA). The old school 125 GP class was dominated by Scott Falconer over Deon Auby and Ryan Bakewell.
National karting competitors now pack for iDube and the fourth round of the SA championship in KwaZulu Natal on 15 August, before the regional circus returns to Vereeniging for round six of the Northern Regions series a week later.