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  • 1st overall for KC Ensor-Smith (Junior Max)
  • 2nd overall for Kian Grottis (DD2)
  • 3rd overall for Olerato Sekudu (Senior Max)
  • 4th overall for Emma Dowling (Micro Max)
  • 6th overall for ‘Spice’ (Mini Max)

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa’s Junior Academy was in action at Round 4 of the Rotax Gauteng Championship in Vereeniging this weekend, and recorded some solid results. The pick of the day was undeniably KC Ensor-Smith, who won all three of his heats to score maximum points on the day – a power performance.

Kian Grottis, racing in the DD2 class, finished second in his first two heats, before winning the final race of the day. He was unlucky to suffer a penalty for a problem with the nosecone on his cart, but still finish second overall for the day.

In Senior Max, Olerato Sekudu again showed his skill and consistency by recording three third-place finishes on the day, taking third place overall as a result. At the same time, Emma Dowling proved her mettle in the tough Micro Max class. She showed good pace throughout the day, finishing in fourth overall and scoring 88 points for the day.

Finally, young Reagile ‘Spice’ Mailula looked on for another strong performance, only to have the accelerator cable on his Praga kart let go in the penultimate corner of Race 2. Despite this setback, the Mini Max driver finished in 6th overall for the day.

“We’re very proud of our youngsters, setting the tracks alight from an early age,” said Glenn Crompton, Vice President Marketing Communications at Toyota South Africa Motors. “This weekend’s results speak for themselves, and we’ll be keeping a keen eye on our stars of tomorrow, as they progress through the year.”

Next up for the TGRSA Junior Academy is Round 5 of the Gauteng Kart Championships, which is set to take place on June 4th at Formula K.