Solid start for Toyota Karting Development Team
information supplied by: Toyota South Africa Product
21 April 2008
Toyota’s Karting Development Team got their Northern Regions and South African Max Challenge campaigns off to a good start at Zwartkops on Saturday (19 April).
Competing in the Junior Max class 14 year old Axcil Jefferies had a day of seconds. He qualified second and then was placed second in each of the subsequent three races.
“Just after the start there’s a long and quite fast 180 degree corner and if you are on the outside of the track you lose so much time as there’s no grip. I think it’s the worst track for starting second.” Axcil said.
In each of the races Axcil lost a few places in the first corner giving Sam Tingle enough time to build up a good lead. However he fought his way back to finish second each time. “It was important to get the points so I didn’t take any risks.” he said. “I was happy with my lap times, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Pint sized Klerksdorp resident Morgan McColl was part of an amazing finish in the 60cc GP Junior class that will undoubtedly go down in the history books as the most unique finish ever seen in South African karting.
After qualifying third fastest, McColl had his work cut out for him in three very closely contested GP Junior races. At the end of the day he was tied on points with Nathan Parkins and Michael Taylor as all three had scored a first, a second and a third place finish.
Parkins won the last race and was awarded the win while McColl was runner-up after winning the second race.