Kenyan duo Krrish, Nojgaard in confident mood for African Karting showpiece in South Africa

Krrish Vadgama (left) and Martin Nojgaard during pre event sessions at the Zwartkops Kart Circuit in Centurion, Gauteng

MOTORSPORTS Kenyan duo Krrish, Nojgaard in confident mood for African Karting showpiece in South Africa

Festus Chuma 18:04 - 15.02.2024

Two Kenyan drivers are gearing up for the inaugural African Karting Cup in South Africa, showcasing Africa's racing talent.

Kenyan drivers Krrish Vadgama and Martin Thyge Nojgaard are eagerly anticipating the inaugural African Karting Cup set to kick off this weekend in South Africa. 

As reigning Kenyan Junior Rotax Champion, Vadgama, alongside Nojgaard, will represent Kenya in the OKN senior class, competing against drivers aged 14 and over.

The event, hosted by Motorsport South Africa, is scheduled to take place from February 16th to 17th at the Zwartkops Kart Circuit in Centurion, Gauteng.

The event will commence with six practice sessions on Friday, leading up to the main races on Saturday. 

The race format includes an early morning warm-up session followed by Qualifying, three races of 12 laps each, and a final 15-lap heat to determine the winners.

The Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) has extended its best wishes to the young drivers as they prepare to represent the country on the international stage. 

"The presence of the two drivers down South demonstrates Kenya's longstanding objective to nurture young karting drivers and prepare them for a brighter future in motorsports," said the chairman of the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF), Maina Muturi.

"Several Kenyan greats including Tejas Hirani, Baldev Chager and Azaad Manji (Autocross champion) honed their skills with go-karts at a tender age and the current generation of drivers are doing just the same," added Maina.

The African Karting Cup, sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), aims to support and promote the next generation of racing talent in Africa. 

With pathways into global competition, including opportunities for wild card draws for the FIA Karting World Cup OK-N, the event holds significant promise for aspiring young drivers. 

Additionally, winners in the OK-Junior category will receive free tickets to the African Karting Cup OK-N, further incentivizing participation and excellence in karting.

Drawing participants from FIA Member Clubs across Africa, the event has attracted competitors from countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Angola, among others. Each driver will compete in identical karts, ensuring fair and closely contested races across the board.

The competition follows a format similar to the MENA Karting Cup introduced in the Middle East in 2021. 

 The MENA Karting Cup has gone from strength to strength over the past three years – most recently welcoming 165 drivers from 15 different countries to an event at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar. 

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