More Wins for Toyota Development Team?
information supplied by: Toyota South Africa Product
28 March 2007
The Toyota Castrol Development Kart team has had a successful start to the season with all three drivers having been first under the chequered flag.
Heading into round three of the Northern Regions Championships on 31st March at the Bridgestone Zwartkops circuit near Pretoria, the team is quietly confident about building on its success.
As usual Toyota will be fielding its regular three-kart squad of youngsters, Morgan McColl, Axcil Jefferies and Tasmin Pepper.
In the Junior GP class, Klerksdorp’s Morgan McColl scored his first overall win in the class earlier this month when he won two of the three heats in a thrilling contest at Vereeniging Kart Circuit to edge out reigning champion Aston Hare.
It was an exemplary performance from the 11-year old and despite being under huge pressure in each race, he never put a foot wrong. As expected, his father, Robbie, was over the moon. “You see, I told you he could do it,” he said before pointing out that it was a team effort made possible by Toyota.
Brimming with confidence after showing impressive pace and dominating the opening round of the Rotax powered Mini-Max championship, which was held at Zwartkops, is 12-year-old Axcil Jefferies. At the time of writing he was in France getting ready for the opening round of the Rotax Mojo Euro Challenge where he will be competing in the Junior Max class.
He took his fourth race win in six starts at Vereeniging and the Randburg based youngster would like nothing better than taking maximum points at Zwartkops again.
At 16, Tasmin Pepper is the oldest driver in the team and her magnificent showing at Vereeniging was even more impressive considering it was her first race in the Super Rok class. After two fifth places she won the final heat by a massive 3 seconds. It doesn’t sound like much, but in karting terms it is huge! It was a drive that drew praise from just about everyone. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone lap so consistently fast in a race. She had a great start and maintained her pace throughout the race” said team manager, Neil Curtis.
Located near Pretoria West on the R55, the Bridgestone Zwartkops circuit is one of the most impressive in the country and always boasts a vibrant atmosphere. It was built to host the 2003 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, which was won by local karter Mark Cronje, who is now a works driver in Toyota’s rally and off-road racing teams.