The Toyota Gazoo Racing Junior Academy showcased their exceptional skills at the Vereeniging Kart Circuit, during the second round of the Northern Regions Rotax Kart Championships, with outstanding results across various classes. The academy’s drivers achieved multiple victories and podium finishes, reflecting their ongoing commitment and prowess in competitive kart racing.

Jason Coetzee led the charge in the elite DD2 class, clinching the overall first place after two heat wins and a runner-up finish. His teammate, Karabo Malemela, also performed impressively, securing third place overall with consistent podium appearances. Coetzee set the pace early on, capturing pole position during qualifying, while Malemela started strong in third and briefly led the second heat before Coetzee regained the lead to win the round.

In the Senior MAX class, Kent Swartz dominated by posting the fastest lap times and winning two of the three heats. Despite an on-track setback that cost him a potential clean sweep, Swartz demonstrated resilience and skill to finish strongly as the runner-up.

The Junior MAX category saw fierce competition with Reagile Mailula and Emma-Rose Dowling representing the academy with distinction. Dowling, back from a stint in Spain, secured two third-place finishes and fourth overall. Mailula displayed increasing speed throughout the day, achieving third overall, highlighted by a second-place finish in the final heat.

Tshepang Shisinwana, a former national champion, also made his mark by securing a third-place overall in the Mini MAX category, aided by multiple podium finishes. Starting from pole position, Shisinwana consistently challenged for the lead, demonstrating his racing acumen and determination.

As the academy prepares for the next regional competition on May 25th, their focus is already pivoting to the upcoming national round of the South African Rotax MAX Challenge at Idube Raceway on May 3-4, promising more thrilling racing action from these talented young drivers.