Maxterino, Mini Max and Mini Rok for Bishop
A lovely cool Autumn morning greeted Killarney’s finest for the 4th round of the regional Maxterino and Mini Max Championships, with the special addition of the 2nd round of the South African Mini Rok series. And you guessed it, Tate was driving all three.
With Tate having to adapt to 3 different karts with different power and handling, it was always going to be a challenge. A challenge the young man reveled at. Kicking things off in Maxterino, Tate only managed a 4th place in qualifying, albeit with only a tenth of a second separating the top 4. Race 1 proved to be a tough affair with Tate climbing the field to take 2nd place behind Troy Dolinscheck. Race 2 wasn’t much different with almost nothing separating the top 5. Bishop managed a well earned 3rd behind Dolinscheck and Kyle Visser. Race 3 was an absolute humdinger with Dolinscheck taking the win by the smallest of margins. Tate crossed the line in 2nd just .05 behind. To secure a handy 94 points for the driver of number 94 and see him now tied for the overall championship with Dolinscheck.
If Maxterino didn’t go to plan, Tate certainly gained momentum in the Rotax Mini Max Class with a superb qualifying lap to take his maiden pole in the class. After starting on the front row, Tate battled it our with regular rivals Kai van Zijl and Joseph Oelz to finish a fine 3rd and in the process showing he now has the pace to compete at the front of the pack. Race 2 was even tighter with Tate coming 2nd a mere .06 of a second behind Oelz. Race 3 wasn’t ideal, with Tate only managing a 4th place finish which was enough for 3rd overall on the day. But in terms of pace, Tate is now well on truly on it and looks forward to taking the challenge to current championship leader Oelz.
If 6 races wasn’t enough, Tate had taken the decision to competed in a 3rd class – The 2nd round of the National Mini Rok Championship lay in wait, and Tate delivered quite superbly. He was on the pace from the word go with a lap in qualifying good enough for a second row start. National racing is always extremely tight and Tate drove superbly to cross the whitewash in P3 for race 1. Race 2 was as tight and after battling with regular rivals Dolinscheck, Abibai and Waberski, Bishop nabbed 4th place. A fantastic effort in race 3 saw Tate with another fine podium drive to 3rd place and in turn earn himself a fine 3rd overall for day. All things considered a pretty decent effort.
“This amazing little man did the impossible today racing in 3 different kart classes. Today alone this 10 year old has done 15 sessions and races, 210km of competitive hard core driving against the best drivers in SA. Everybody said he couldn’t do it (3 classes)… he wanted to… he did it… what an incredibly talented young man” commented a proud father Tim Bishop.
Tate now looks forward to a well deserved break before tackling the 3rd round of the SA National Championship at Idube Race Track in KZN on the 8th of July.