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Young karting champ in the making

VEREENIGING. – When six-year-old Matthew Delpaul gets behind the steering wheel of his 50cc engine Top Kart, it is clear that he is more than ready to take on his opponents on the karting race track.

VEREENIGING. – When six-year-old Matthew Delpaul gets behind the steering wheel of his 50cc engine Top Kart, it is clear that he is more than ready to take on his opponents on the karting race track.

Matthew represents the Vaal Region in the Cadet Class (5 – 8 years) in the Northern Regions Karting Championship.
This is the second year Matthew is competing in this championship. After the second round he is already in fifth place on the ranking list in his class.

Matthew in action on the race track.
Matthew in action on the race track.

“Matthew has always had a great interest in cars and Formula 1,” says his proud father, Anthony Delpaul, general sales manager at New Vaal Motors. Matthew is a grade R-learner at Laerskool Suikerbos and spends three afternoons a week and most weekends on the race track. “His best result in his short racing career is a second place, and we are waiting in anticipation for the day he will take his maiden victory,” says Anthony.

All participants drive the same standard kart which can reach speeds in excess of 50km/h. The championship, which is sanctioned by Motor Sport South Africa (MSA), takes place at two different race tracks, the Vaal Kart Circuit and the Zwartkops International Kart Circuit. At this stage Matthew finishes a lap, which is one kilometre long, in about 1 min 9 s at the Vaal Kart Circuit, and 1 min 4 s at Zwartkops Kart Circuit.

Round four of the Northern Regions Karting Championship takes place on June 13 at the Vaal Kart Circuit. Matthew is practicing very hard to gain an edge on his closest competitors. With the support of his family, especially his sister Hannah who is his biggest supporter, Matthew is sure to impress. Matthew is an official driver for Maxspeed, the team that prepares kart set-up and engines for the race.

His race engineer and owner of Maxspeed André van der Merwe, is confident that Matthew will secure a regional title in the near future.

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