Tate Bishop delivers calm and measured quartet of drive’s to see him crowned 2017 Maxterino Champion
The fourth and final round of the South African Karting Championships was always going to be an action packed affair with a number of titles still to be settled. In Maxterino, it was no different, Championship leader coming in to the round Tate Bishop had local rivals Aqil Alibhai and Joshua De Paiva to contend with for the all hollowed ticket to Portugal, which the 2017 Champion would be awarded.
The previous days qualifying saw a proper scrap for pole position. Each driver had only 2 laps to register their best time. When the session ended, it was Alibhai with the pole, followed by Tate in second and De Paiva would start from row 2.
Sundays racing was always going to be about damage limitation for Tate. With a healthy lead in the overall standings, he just needed to keep his nose clean and collect a good haul of points. Race 1 was going precisely to plan with Tate controlling his pace from P3 before the leaders came together on lap 8 and Tate was right there to pick up the scraps and a great win. A perfect start to the day.
Race 2 saw Tate get involved in a great tussle with 4th placed man Jordan Brooks. They battle for the final step of the podium which Brooks took as they crossed the paint. A more than sufficient P4 for Tate.
Race 3 was much the same as Tate watched his rivals dicing for the lead from a safe distance in 4th and that’s how it would. With just one race left, Tate only needed to cross the finish line without any penalties or exclusions to see him lift the crown of SA Champ.
Calculating his drive superbly, Tate once again held station in 4th as the front 3 frantically jostled for position. At one stage he was running 3rd before a last corner myriad of drivers made a last ditched effort for places while Tate maturely held back to stay out of trouble and cross the line in P8, deservedly claiming the Title of 2017 South African Maxterino Champion in the process.
“We kept it simple and safe” mentioned a chuffed young Tate during a post race interview.
Father Tim took to Facebook to express his joy that evening with the following –
This superstar is now the new South African Maxterino kart champion! OMG!
Thanks so much to Etienne Roos and #RKT, Kohen Bam and everyone who has helped this year. But well done Tate you are the very best in the country and deserve to be representing SA in Italy in a few weeks time. Yay!
Tate now prepares to represent South Africa in the ROK World Finals in October.