HARARE – Zimbabwe’s rising karter Zac Dufty held his own during the third round of the South African Northern Region Karting Championship on Saturday at Zartkops in Gauteng.
The 12-year-old finished a credible sixth place in cold and wet conditions.
Dufty had earlier been on fire for the free practice where he set the third fastest lap time of 1:07.194 seconds.
It was achievement of not from one of the youngest drivers on the track in the Junior Max class dominated by 16-year-olds.
In only his third outing in this class and against South African karters, who regularly race in such conditions, the young Zimbabwean showed potential on a track that he does not have much experience on.
Qualifying was a little different though with Dufty only managing a ninth position on wet conditions posted a time of 1:05.746.
The young karter’s fifth place in heat one came from a time of 1:05.330 and his sixth position in heat two from a time of 1:05:033.
The track conditions were mixed for heat three and although the rain had stopped just before the race, it was still wet elsewhere on the track.
The young driver and his mechanic father Kevin opted to race on slicks, with the other competitors split between choosing slicks and wet weather tyres.
The slicks were slippery at first and Dufty did not manage to work his way through the pack, even though they gradually gained grip during the race.
In the end, an overall sixth place sees Dufty making his way up the rankings which naturally left him elated.
“I’m so grateful to ‘Motul in Zimbabwe’ for assisting me with sponsorship, as without them, I would not be able to compete in South Africa this year,” he said.
“Their support and my own ambitions in motorsport help to keep me focussed and trying my best at all times, even when, like this weekend, I do not have as much experience in these conditions as the other drivers.
“My objective for the next round in June is to finish in the top four.”