The 250 Superkart brigade made the long trip down to the historic East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 27 October for the ninth round of the 2012 season.
Veron Pappas (Arma Gear Rotax Anderson Superkart) once again dominated qualifying to claim pole position ahead of Alan Fetting (Ziegler Racing PVP Superkart) who was making a welcome return to the series after being out of the saddle for a number of years. He certainly proved that he has lost none of his skill by qualifying ahead of young Andrew Greenslade (Ziegler PVP Superkart).
Tyron Davis (AVL Africa PVP Superkart) would line up alongside Greenslade on the second row. Eerik Horn (Johan Horn Transport PVP Rotax) would have to start from the third row of the grid with Virgil Pappas (Rotax PVP Superkart) alongside him. Greg Reilly (Rotax Anderson Superkart) in the only single cylinder machine in the field would start from the fourth row of the grid.
Virgil Pappas' race came to an end before it had begun when an engine mounting bolt sheered off as the field accelerated away from the line, forcing him into immediate retirement.
Veron Pappas shot off into the lead with Greenslade and Davis in tow. Horn slotted into fourth position while Fetting recovered to fifth after a disastrous start. Reilly brought up the tail end of the field in his single.
Horn slowed on the third lap when the rear carburettor on his machine broke off. He continued to circulate not realising why the engine of his kart had suddenly lost power. This unfortunately led to the seizure of the rear barrel of the engine after it ran lean and put an end to any further participation that he may have had planned.
Pappas held on for a convincing victory ahead of Greenslade with Davis taking a well deserved third position.
1st: Veron Pappas
The customary reverse grid for the second race saw Reilly and a repaired Virgil Pappas lead the field from the front row. Despite a light drizzle and damp weather conditions a frantic charge down the main straight to the notorious "Potters Pass" corner saw Veron take the lead ahead of the chasing pack.
Greenslade slotted into second position with Davis and Fetting in tow. Virgil and Reilly would bring up the rear of the field. Davis would slow early into the race with an ill handling kart, allowing Fetting to grab third position.
Davis then came under pressure from Virgil later in the race. Virgil ran wide through the Esses while trying to challenge Davis for the position on the penultimate lap, putting paid to his chances of claiming the position as well. Despite a loose rear axle carrier on his entry, Davis held on to fourth position.
Veron crossed the line to take another convincing victory ahead of Greenslade while Fetting claimed a well deserved third position on his return to the series.
The final round of the 2012 250 Superkart Championship will take place at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on Saturday 17 November.
Report by: Greg Reilly
Photos by: Quintin Eiberg
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