Tate Bishop scoops the SA & WP double + represents SA in Rok World Finals to end off a great year’s racing
With the final round of the Western Province Karting Championships taking place this past weekend, Tate Bishop opted to watch from the sidelines as his fellow Maxterino competitors scrapped it out after already securing the WP title with a race day to spare. He did however keep the wheels turning in the Rotax Mini Max category with a well deserved second on the day and enough points to secure him third overall in the WP Mini Max Championship, adding yet more silverware to an already full cabinet.
“It’s been a great driving year for Tate against some super tough opposition countrywide and Internationally. Wrapping up the Maxterino WP Championship so comprehensively so not even having to race today was great and we had great fun watching and cheering instead” commented a super proud father Tim.
Two weeks prior, Tate had been representing South Africa at the Autumn Cup as well as the Rok World Finals in Italy. Racing around the hallowed South Garda Circuit was an experience many can only dream of and Tate performed nothing short of admirably. It is no small task for a first-timer to take on over 160 of the best drivers in the world and he was up against many who have had years of experience on the South Garda tarmac. Tate however revelled at the opportunity presented to him and after making it through to the B final of the Autumn Cup at the same circuit a week earlier, he drove superbly well narrowly missing out on the Vortex Trophy Final.
Sitting here, as a spectator, I can tell you this young man didn’t have luck on his side. An unavoidable accident in the final qualifiers ended his hopes of making the final. A kart spun off in front of him on the very last lap in the final qualifying race after climbing up to the position he needed. However, when one considers he started 25th on the grid for each race after a poor qualifying, Tate made up a total of 35 places over the 4 qualifying heats, so you can be sure this boy drove the wheels off
his Kosmic Mini Rok Kart. Certainly the mark of a true champion and an effort South Africans can be most proud of.
The highlight of 2017 for Tate would have to be winning the South African Maxterino Championship alongside the
WP Championship. No easy task against formidable competition and according to father Tim Bishop, a very tough second half of the year kept the whole team on their toes, but Tate kept things on track and really showed
great maturity in his driving and race craft. Grabbing the lap record and 2 race wins at Vereeniging was also a
great start to the year and stamped Tate’s intentions for the 2017 National Championship early on!
“Thanks to all the drivers and parents for making this SA and International karting year possible… Thanks to Western Province Karting and everyone who has supported and advised (you all know who you are and it is really appreciated)”
was the message out of TPB racing to end off a great year.
Tate now moves onto bigger and better things where he will be mixing it up with the older boys and girls in the Rotax Junior Max Class for 2018. Watch this space…