The 250 Superkart Series made their way to the Zwartkops Raceway for the final round of the 2012 season on Saturday 17 November. The sweltering heat took its toll on drivers and vehicles alike, with over heating issues and mechanical gremlins affecting a number of entrants throughout the weekend. The two races did produce some exciting racing action though!
Veron Pappas (Arma Gear Rotax Anderson Superkart) took another convincing pole position, this time ahead of guest driver Kyle Lawrence (Ziegler PVP Superkart). Andrew Greenslade (Ziegler / ESK Racing PVP Superkart) would line up on the second row with Eerik Horn (Johan Horn Transport PVP Rotax) alongside him. Virgil Pappas (Arma Racing Rotax PVP Superkart) would start from the third row of the grid with Greg Reilly (RFC Rotax Anderson Superkart), in the only single cylinder machine in the field rounding out the top six.
Andrew Greenslade (Ziegler / ESK Racing PVP Superkart)
Pappas held onto the lead at the start with Greenslade and Lawrence in tow. Horn led the second part of the field with Virgil and Reilly determined to keep him in their sights.
The race at the front was getting even more competitive with each lap that passed as Greenslade and Lawrence chased the leader. Greenslade made his move half way through the race and grabbed the lead with a great out braking manoeuvre through turn eight on the fifth lap. Lawrence made the most of the opportunity as well and slipped through to pick up second position. Pappas is not one to give up however and he fought back to regain second position in the closing stages of the race. Virgil and Reilly were also pushing hard, with both drivers drastically bringing their lap times down in the race as they tried to keep up with the rest of the field.
It was too little, too late for Pappas however in trying to regain the lead. Greenslade held on for a narrow victory ahead of Pappas with Lawrence hot on their heels across the line in third position.
Second position was all that Pappas needed to clinch the 2012 250 Superkart Championship – his second title in succession! Virgil Pappas would start the second race in his brother's kart. Having already sewn up the championship in the first race, Veron graciously handed his winning machine to his brother when the engine on Virgil's kart seized on the slow down lap after the first race.
The customary reverse grid for the second race saw Reilly and Virgil Pappas lead the field across the line at the start. After the frantic charge down through the first two corners it was Greenslade who emerged through turn three in the lead. Lawrence slotted into second position with Pappas, Horn and Reilly in tow.
Horn made short work of Pappas and slipped into third position behind the leaders on the second lap. The battle at the front was as fierce as ever! Lawrence took the lead through turn two on the same lap only to lose it again down the back straight. He repeated the feat a lap later but once again it was Greenslade who regained the top spot at the front.
Pappas out braked himself at the top of the hill and ran wide coming out of turn five in the closing stages of the race. Reilly smelt the blood in the water and tried desperately to catch Pappas but the horsepower advantage of the championship winning kart was just too much for him.
Veron Pappas South Africa Champion 2012
1) VeronPappas 387
2) Andrew Greenslade 363
3) Eerik Horn 253
4) Tyron Davis 250
5) Sean Moore 245
6) Trevor Green 194
7) Kyle Lawrence 83
8) Greg Reilly 69
9) Virgil Pappas 60
10)Alan Fetting 48
Ziegler Racing (Greenslade & Moore) 695
Graham Singer Racing (Pappas & Davis) 667
Report by: Greg Reilly
Photos by: Hennie de Beer Website: www.superkarts.co.za
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