Bishop is one race away from being crowned 2017 WP Maxterino Champion
Killarney’s Kart Track awoke to a perfect, flowery Cape spring’s day for the seventh round of the WP championship, but the racing was far from flowery and in fact as tight as ever. Young Tate Bishop was out to cement his championship lead in the Regional Maxterino Championship while continuing double duty with his ever improving pace in the Rotax Mini Max class.
After claiming yet another dominant pole position in early morning qualifying, followed by being taken out in Race 1, Tate then played it safe as he claimed two 2nd places in Race 2 and 3 on route to a 4th overall for the day. “Lucky for us after a ridiculous crash in race 1, we claimed some good points in the next two races which are the ones that count to our National Championship campaign” said father Tim Bishop.
In Rotax Mini Max, Tate continued to show his class, with his pace well and truly deserved of a class win. After a P3 in qualifying, he then battled tremendously with Kai van Zijl and Joseph Oelz for first place. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as he could only manage 2 second places and a 4th. It was however good enough for a third overall for the day.
Tate now looks to the final round of the National Championships at Zwartkops later this month, where he takes a slender 6 point Maxterino lead over title rivals Aqil Alibhai and Jordan Brooks. “We definitely are not favorites up north against the locals” commented a passionate Tim Bishop. You can catch all the live streaming of the National Championship Finals Here