Pick any Formula 1 world champion and you will find a common thread — Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and the rest all raced karts before embarking on a main circuit career that ultimately saw them becoming world champions.
Closer to home it’s much the same — pick a top driver — David Perel, Eugene Denyssen, Jonathan Aberdein and Johan Fourie — all former WP karters at the top of their game today; Leeroy Poulter, Michael Stephen, Stuwie White, Mark and Gavin Cronje, Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde or any other leading South African race driver and you will find that they too raced — and often still race karts.
The common thread to building a racing career is a strong start in karting — the breeding ground of tomorrow’s racing talent.
Local karting offers the perfect road to a racing career and the Western Province Motor Club’s Karting Section is a major contributor to that process — Cape kart racers regularly dominate in the national series and race competitively overseas too. Killarney’s challenging kart track is a thriving complex that supports an enthusiastic Cape karting community and hosts the Western Cape Karting Championships over eight rounds through the year, as well as a round of the South African championships.