Go-karting finale heats up Tony Rust Raceway

The second leg of the Namibia National Go-Karting Championships roared to life with 35 racers battling it out in seven classes on Saturday.

From wide-eyed rookies to seasoned seniors, the competition was fierce, but the camaraderie strong at the Tony Rust Raceway near Windhoek.

Pleasant weather with minimal wind created ideal racing conditions, allowing both drivers and spectators to enjoy the action.

A visit to the pits revealed the meticulous preparation behind the scenes.

Technicians meticulously maintained and adjusted the karts between heats, a testament to the sport’s high level of organisation.

Toni Rust, the granddaughter of the track’s namesake, expressed her gratitude for her family’s unwavering support.

The spirit of friendly competition was evident, particularly with the Kaiyamo brothers, Nande and Mandume.

These Mini Max racers respect each other both on and off the track, aiming to conquer not only domestic circuits, but international ones in the future.

“It’s tough, but it’s fun,” Mandume said.

Nande echoed this sentiment, emphasising sportsmanship and brotherhood over podium finishes.

Veteran racer Richard Slamet Jr expressed his enthusiasm for the busy season ahead, and said he was planning to spend more time on the tracks.

Go-karts can reach speeds exceeding 100km/h, demanding significant physical exertion from drivers.

The absence of suspension and power steering adds to the challenge, making body protection and helmets crucial safety measures.

A fully equipped ambulance and medic were stationed at the track for any emergencies.

The day’s winners included Kobus Reynecke (Senior Max), Christopher Koudelka (Micro Max), Cecil Koorts Jr (Mini ROK), Rocco van Eeden (Bambino), and Nande Kaiyamo (Mini Max).

The event was supported by Cema Racing, Engen Jan Jonker, Kart Store Namibia, the Windhoek Motor Club, and the Namibia Motorsport Federation.

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