If the opening round of the 2016 Western Cape Karting Championship was anything to go by a couple of weeks ago, Killarney had better baton down the hatches for round 2 next Saturday 5 March.

The Cape karting community will however also be out to do their best to honour evergreen veteran Killarney commentator Brian Peek who passed away recently – Brian’s familiar thrilling and unique commentary and a unique turn of phrase will be sorely missed at all future Killarney races.

The racing however goes on and among next week’s several karting highlights has to be the top of the bill where the fastest Rotax DD2 gearbox gang is ready to rock and WP champion Jonathan Aberdein (TonyKart) will race with a target on his back that the likes of former WP champion Jonathan Thomas (Partners CRG), Julian van der Watt (FA Kart), Luke Herring (RKT Kosmic) and Tristan de Nobrega (Race Driver CRG) will want to bullseye come Saturday.

A full grid of Junior Max 125cc high school karters can be guaranteed to once again deliver action of the tallest order with Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) keen to extend a narrow championship advantage and his old rivals Dario Busi (Automan Birel) and Aidan Strydom (TurboTech CRG) resolute to close him down. Never ignore Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Freight Kosmic), Daniel Duminy (Kosmic), Andrew Rackstraw (Tony) and an improving Simon Simpson-Heath (SAKRA Kosmic) among this lot.

Dino Stermin (Designer Trims RKT Kosmic) will be keen to continue his dream debut in the Senior Max open 125s and make it six wins in six starts come Saturday afternoon but Delano Fowler (Suprocom Tony) and Hylton Peters are both quite capable of unsettling the SA and WP Junior Max champion. Nicholas Jacobs (SAKRA Zanardi) Lukas Nel and Arnold du Toit will also be keen to join in that scrap.

Joseph Oelz (Zanardi), Charl Visser (Battery Energy Zanardi) and Tate Bishop (Kosmic) will fight for Maxterino 60cc primary school kart honours, but they need to keep an eye over their shoulders for the ever-improving Kai Van Zijl (CRG), Troy Dolinschek (Makita Kosmic), Jason MacBeath (Kosmic) and younger Visser brother Kyle (Battery Energy Zanardi).

Little Paul Malcolm will be out to maintain his winning momentum in the under-eight year old Cadets — the littlest class in racing — but Joaquin de Oliveira wants a return to his winning ways and Reza Levy (Jive) is hell-bent on scoring his first karting victory very soon. Don’t overlook Reese Koorzen, Joshua Smit and Ethan Stier either — all are keen to — and quite capable of making a lasting impression…

The Cape Clubmen are anxious to restore order to their class following lady racer Isabelle Fowler (Suprocom TonyKart) upsetting the applecart with three fine race wins to take the day last time out. Andrew Thomas (Blake Bros Topkart), Marco Viegas, George Schwager, Jody van Rensburg and Kian van der Merwe will be leading the charge.

So expect the Western Province karters to deliver another great day’s racing Saturday 5 March. Find Killarney Raceway on Potsdam Road Killarney Gardens where the kart track is situated across the main circuit from the main pit complex where yo will find a cool atmosphere, good commentary and great grub and drinks at the Kart Café in the pits. Adult entry is R60 per adult. R20 for under-16s and under-12s are free.ader