The 250 Superkart brigade made their first appearance of the year at the historic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 6 October for the eighth round of the 2012 Superkart Championship.
Veron Pappas (Arma Gear Rotax Anderson Superkart) threw the proverbial gauntlet down to the rest of the 250 Superkart field by claiming a convincing pole position ahead of his rivals. Unfortunately his arch rival and current championship leader Sean Moore (Ziegler PVP Superkart) was unable to race. He is still recovering from the injuries that he suffered from his accident at Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth a few weeks ago.
Pappas was in fine form was again...
Pappas was in fine form was again...
Pappas took an immediate lead at the start and led the field through the first couple of corners. Andrew Greenslade (Ziegler PVP Superkart) slotted into second position with Eerik Horn (Johan Horn Transport PVP Rotax) and Tyron Davis (AVL Africa PVP Superkart) in tow.
Jason Wessels (PVP Rotax Superkart) was the best of the rest and had Trevor Green (Super Tech Rotax Anderson Superkart) and Vincenzo Casillo (V-Tek Service Centre Rotax Superkart) hot on his heels.
Davis shot past Horn through turn four to claim third position on the second lap. Wessels had broken away from the rest of the field and was chasing down the two men ahead of him. Casillo would unfortunately retire with clutch issues on the same lap.
Series newcomer Wessels was driving like a seasoned pro and demoted Horn to fifth position through the same corner a lap later. With the leading duo out in front it was left to the rest of the field to fight it out for the minor placings.
A fired up Wessels was starting to catch Davis at a rapid rate of knots. Horn got himself focussed again and latched on to the tail end of the third place battle as well. Green's string of bad luck continued when the clutch basket on his machine broke on the sixth lap, forcing him into premature retirement from the race.
The battle for third position continued when Wessels got past Davis on the penultimate lap to claim the final podium position. Pappas cruised home to a comfortable victory ahead of Greenslade with Wessels holding Davis and Horn at bay to claim an impressive third position.
Unfortunately there would be a number of retirements before the start of the second race. Casillo and Green would be unable to start due to their clutch related issues. After his brilliant performance in the first race, Wessels was robbed of a repeat performance due to a faulty accelerator cable.
Greenslade took the lead at the start with Horn, Pappas and Davis in hot pursuit. A determined Pappas then grabbed second position through turn six on the opening lap!
Davis grabbed third position from Horn through turn one at the start of the second lap. Pappas was on a mission to get to the front and made his move on the third lap at the bottom of the notorious "Mine Shaft".
He went on to take a comfortable win ahead of Greenslade with Davis able to hold Horn at bay to claim a well deserved third position.
A new leader emerges
Pappas' double victory has now catapulted him into first position overall in the championship. Greenslade moves into second position, thirty seven points behind the new leader. Moore now finds himself down in third position, thirteen points behind his young team mate. The chance of him being able to race at the next event is unfortunately rather unlikely.
The three way battle behind the leading trio continues with Davis and Horn now tied on points for fourth position in the championship. The luckless Green is only eight points behind the pair as well and could very well upset the apple kart if the consistent form that he showed earlier in the year returns in the last two events of the season.
The penultimate round of the 2012 250 Superkart Championship will take place at East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 27 October.
South Africa Superkart Association
Report by: Greg Reilly
Photos by: Hennie de Beer
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