The second round of Cape Town’s indoor karting league takes place on Tuesday 12 March at Century Karting. The race will be run in clockwise (reverse) direction and will start at 8pm.
The format of the race will be the same as seen two weeks ago at Kenilworth Karting: a 15 minute qualifying session, followed by a two hour endurance race. Each team will pick a single driver to contest qualifying, and may not choose the driver who qualified at the previous event. Driver changes will take place during the race, with each driver receiving a stamp on the forearm from a marshal when getting into the kart. By the end of the two hours, each team must have accumulated 12 stamps.
The first race of the season gave the new teams a taste of what league racing is all about. They know they have to get faster, slicker and more consistent. At the top of the order, the aim is simple: pole position and victory.
The greatest challenge in indoor racing is overtaking, simply because the track is tight and twisty and the karts have very little torque. It is not unusual to see a battle for position last 10 minutes (roughly 30 laps) as an experienced driver knows how to keep an attacker at bay without losing too much time.
And that makes qualifying all the more important. While a race is seldom won and lost in the first few minutes, it certainly is an advantage to be at the front, where there is less chance of being held up by karts that are bunched up in the early stages. For that reason, the teams will choose their qualifying drivers carefully, making every effort to secure that valuable pole position.
For Tuesday’s race, the karts will be largely the same as those used at Kenilworth Karting two weeks ago. The difference will be in the engines – 160cc motors will be used instead of the 200cc units raced last time. That is simply because the 160cc engines have been found to be more driveable, and therefore deliver better laptimes, on the twisty part of the Century Karting circuit.
As half of the league teams are relatively inexperienced, it is quite likely that they will be practising at Century Karting on the weekend. The more experienced teams will also likely take the opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with the clockwise direction. That of course means that there should be some exciting action this weekend at Century Karting, and it will be well worth watching.
But the main event for the league drivers is Tuesday night. Qualifying will get underway at 7:30pm, followed by a short briefing and then the race at 8pm.
The track is located on the mezzanine parking level at Canal Walking shopping centre. There will be refreshments on sale, and with the mall just a few metres away, there is plenty of opportunity to get shopping done before the race starts.
The second race of the indoor karting season promises to deliver close, tense and exciting racing. Can Raceweb repeat their victory of two weeks ago? Or will another team establish themselves as challengers for victory? Come down to Century Karting on Tuesday and find out.