Measured Driving from Bishop sees him back on top of Maxterino National Standings
Coming into the penultimate round of the South African National Championship, Tate was hot on the heels of championship leader Troy Dolinschek. Although some would see it differently when the overall drop points are taken into consideration. That said and done, another super drive from Bishop saw him settle the scorecard back in his favor.
After a steady qualifying session on Friday, Tate would start Race 1 in P3. His Championship rival starting beside him. Into turn 1 Tate made it count and grabbed 2nd spot. What followed was a true spectacle for the passionate fans. Tate along with Aqil Alibhai showed some terrific driving talent. The lead chopped and changed on regular occasions. Tate not wanting to do anything silly in the closing stages eventually settled for 2nd by less than a kart length between him and Alibhai over the white wash.
“It was a good dice, it was very difficult to get past Aqil as he was defending” commented Tate.
Race 2 saw Tate make best use of the inside line into turn 1 jumping for 3rd to 2nd when they emerged. A precise move up the inside of Alibhai earned Tate the lead. As in race 1, the two leaders traded places regularly. After leading with 2 corners to go, all hell broke loose. Another kart made contact with Tate and as a result saw him dropping down to 4th. A bitter pill to swallow but that racing.
Race 3 would be a 15 lap race of attrition. Emerging 4th out of Turn 1, Tate then hunted down Alibhai for P3, which he duly took on Lap 4. After briefly moving up to 3rd, 4 karts into the hairpin just didn’t work, and Tate emerged in 5th. A quite thrilling battle ensued as the battle for second heated up. Tate ended up in 3rd to ensure a well earned 3rd overall for the day to see him back on top of the National Standings after his nearest rivals didn’t quite get the results they were after.
“Big congrats to Tate for achieving a very hard fought for 3rd overall in the Rotax Max National in Idube. He continues to lead the SA Championship with one round to go at the very difficult Zwartkops circuit in September.
A massive thanks to Amelia for the beautiful cake she baked and a huge thanks and congrats to all from ‘Team Cape Town’ who cheered all of the CT boys on over the weekend” was father Tim Bishops thoughts on post prize giving.
For Full Coverage of the Days Racing – CLICK HERE
Tate now looks to regional duties both in Maxterino and Mini Max before the final round of the National Championship at Zwartkops in September.