Tate Bishop was keen for a good haul of points at his home leg of the South African National Junior Max Championships this past weekend where the competition was nothing short of fierce. Tate has been showing some race winning pace around the 1km Killarney Kart Circuit of late and was looking set to challenge at the sharp end of the field come race day.

Things however, got off to the worst possible start when during Friday afternoon qualifying, Tate’s clutch came loose and he was unable to complete the session. With only 2 flying laps availed to each driver, Tate was left wondering what could have been and looking at a back row start for race 1 the following morning.

What followed, was immensely impressive. Having made no less than 6 overtakes by the end of lap 1, Tate continued to slice his way through the field to come home in a terrific P5.

Race 2 sadly went in the opposite direction. Some unfortunate luck on lap 6 dropped a well settled Tate from P5 down to a lowly 13th. As always, he drove hard to the end but could only muster 12th spot.

In race 3 Tate found himself in P14 by the end of lap 1. From there he put in some splendid laps making 7 overtakes to finish in a respectable 7th at the flag. Quite an effort throughout the day from this young man who did not once let the run of bad luck deter his attitude and fighting spirit. He maximised all that was available to him considering the circumstances and took home a well deserved 6th overall for the day.

Tate now looks forward to Round 6 of the WP Karting Championship in just under 2 weeks. Stay tuned for more awesomeness.


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