Maxterino Domination & Solid Performance in Mini Max for Tate
Vereeniging hosted the 1st round of the South African National Maxterino and Mini Max Championships this past weekend and as one of the few drivers on double duty, Tate Bishop put in some superb drives to stamp his authority as one of South Africa’s most talented up and coming racing drivers.
Maxterino Race 1
To kick things off in Maxterino, Tate sat 2nd on the grid after an extremely tight qualifying the previous day. A mere tenth covered the top 5 drivers and come race 1, Tate would be looking to carry his string of good performances in the regional series up to National level, and that’s precisely what he did. With a fresh new tarmac laid down at VKC, Tate found the grip early and after dropping to 3rd at the start he quickly disposed of 2nd place man Troy Dolinschek and went chasing leader Jordan Brooks. With the lead chopping and changing, Bishop eventually made it stick. From there it was all about holding his advantage to the checkered flag. Race 1 victory in the bag and new lap record of 53.127.
Maxterino Race 2
Race 2 saw Tate on Pole after claiming fastest lap in Race 1. After a solid start it was once again a tight battle up front. With the lead changing on numerous occasions. A mistake from Brooks ensured a breakaway from Bishop and Kyle Visser. Driving with supreme skill, Bishop made calculated moves to ensure another super drive to the checkered flag and claim a Race 2 victory.
Maxterino Race 3
Race 3 would prove somewhat challenging when Tate was taken out on lap 1 by an out of shape Jordan Brooks. But cometh the hour cometh the man. Tate picked up the pieces and put his head down to work his way back through the field to come home in a gutsy 9th. A performance that saw him take his points tally for the day to 94 and ensure a fantastic opening round overall victory and a Championship lead to take to his home race in Cape Town at the end of April.
Rotax Mini Max Race 1
As one of the few drivers to feature in a second class on the day, it was always going to be a big task for Tate to show the same sort of dominance in both classes. Having said that, he can be most proud of his efforts aboard his Mini Max machine. Having qualified a solid 4th. Race 1 saw a manic start with contact through the 1st few corners and Tate dropping down to 6th. But against the odds, Tate drove superbly, making light work of Sibo Solomon, Jarrod Waberski and Daniel de Paiva to cross the paint in 3rd place. Only to be beaten by Leyton Fourie and Kai van Zijl.
Rotax Mini Max Race 2
Race 2 saw Tate being knocked down the order off the start to 7th. After a dog fight with international racer Aqil Alibhai, Tate put in a superb move to grab 5th spot at the flag.
Rotax Mini Max Race 3
Race 3 once again saw a difficult start with Tate having to make up positions during the race. Showing a solid improvement in his race pace, he once again made up some good track position to give himself a 4th place across the finish line and a solid 4th overall for the day.
Tate now looks to continuing his dominance in the WP Regional Championships on the 1st of April before getting back to National duty for his home leg of the SA Championships in Cape Town on the 29th of April.