Karting world final beckons for Benoni’s Wyman

Wayland Wyman (kart number 275) is seen on his way to winning the Rotax African Open Championship at Zwartkops Raceway recently.

Sixteen-year-old Benoni Small Farms resident Wayland Wyman has won the Rotax African Open Senior Karting Championship held recently at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria.

This victory earned the Kathstan College learner a ticket into the Rotax World Finals in Brazil later this year.

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The teenage kart driver said that the championships at Zwartkops were a ‘tough week of racing’.

“I spent the Thursday and the Friday practising at Zwartkops,” he said.

“On Saturday I raced a regional karting event and on Sunday the African Open took place.

“I managed pole position in the time trial and in the first and second pre-final I only managed to get a second and third place.

“I was concerned starting the final in third position, but once the lights went out I managed to move up to second position going into turn one.

“For the next six laps I settled down in second position and pressurised the leader.

“On lap eight I challenged for the lead and moved into first position.

“I was passed on lap nine and dropped back down to second.

“On lap 10 I retook the lead and managed to hold on to it for the rest of the 20-lap race.

“Although the EU champion Liam Crystal was close on my tail I managed to break away and extend the lead.

“This is the first time I’ve managed to win the Africa Open in my 11 years of karting.”

Wayland Wyman (middle) is seen on the podium after his Zwartkops win.


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Logan Green

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