Racing Number: 94
Nationality: South African / British
DOB: 2 June 2006
Height: 153 cm / Weight: 37 kg
I said to my Mum at the age of 5 that I would love to be a Formula One Driver. Luckily, Killarney International Raceway is not far from where I live so my mum took me down for a test drive and I was instantly hooked. My Dad bought me a very ‘second hand’ cadet kart and I was up and running.
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Mini Max is a new class in South Africa and one that is attracting all the big names. You can start racing at the age of 10 up until 13. The class is a progression from the old Maxterino class and with the extra power it certainly evens out the playing field. We have improved our lap times around the track and as ever the racing is super close.
The Mini Max Evo Engine is a 2 stroke motor that boasts 11 kw and 15 hp at 8500 rpm reaching speeds in excess of 100km/h at most circuits around the country. The engine is based on the Junior Max style barrel with a restricted exhaust socket.
I love this class. You can start at the age of 8 and it runs until the age of 13. The competition is strong and pushes you all the time. The race pace has picked up now by nearly 1.5 seconds in the last 2 years as we now run in the 46s at Killarney with 1000ths of a second between the top 6 drivers, hitting 100km/h on the back straight!
We run a 60cc Maxter engine that revs to over 15,000rpm and puts out well over 10hp of power giving us top speeds over 100km/h at Killarney. The engine uses unleaded fuel with a mix of 2-stroke oil. The engines are all the same which leads to some very tight racing.
I race a 2016 Kosmic kart made in Italy, running on Mojo tyres and magnesium rims. We run at a minimum weight of 105kg (so everyone weighs the same). The kart is very complicated and needs fine tuning all the time to the conditions of the track. We constantly adjust steering, wheel angles, tyre pressures, front and rear widths, ride height, seat position, weights, jetting, brakes, sprockets, engine timing and carburetor settings to try and squeeze every last 1000th of a second out of the kart and give us the very best handling and performance.
If it wasn’t for such strong and talented competition, we would never need to push as hard. Competition is tough and our Cape Town and National drivers are incredibly talented. We race very hard on the track but are all the best of friends off it. Us younger guys coming up from cadets have really given the older guys a run for their money, and now the new cadets coming up are also pushing us hard!