ZIMBABWE’s top kart racer, Zac Dufty,16, has set himself new challenges in 2020 with a move to the competitive KZ gearbox class in South Africa which experienced huge growth in 2019 and regularly attracts grids of over 30 karts.
The KZ championship will run over four national and six regional events at various tracks throughout South Africa.
It is affiliated with the FIA-CIK KZ World Championship classes.
Top F1 drivers such as Lando Norris and Charles LeClerc graduated from this exciting class.
The class offers speed, power and race knowledge that no other class in South Africa can match. It requires a very specific driving style and is a tough category to compete in.
With speeds of over 160 kph on longer tracks, they are a handful to drive and changing gears in less than a second while steering into a corner which will pull at least 3G is not for the faint-hearted or the unfit!
Zac, who raced in the fast DVS class in South Africa last year, with a best position of second overall in the wet in Cape Town, says he is up for the challenge.
“This class will be the toughest that I have entered; it is on another level all together and I can’t wait for the challenge,” Zac said.
Kevin Dufty, Zac’s father, mechanic and manager added, “Zac is the only Zimbabwean karter to have raced outside the country for the past seven years and he is confident he can step up and continue to fly the Zimbabwe flag high in 2020.”
In 2020 Zac, will also be competing in Drag Pro meetings at Donnybrook in his Motul Super Shifter kart, which stunned crowds last year with a top speed of 149kph.
He will also be coaching young and upcoming karters at both Pole position Karts in Eastlea as well as some of the members of Sables Karting Club at Donnybrook Raceway.
Boost for local Karting
In an related development, Pole Position Karts the only arrive and drive karting venue in Zimbabwe, will be title sponsors of Sable Kart Club’s 2020 Mini Rok Championship to be held over eight meetings at Donnybrook.
The sponsorship yields one of the biggest prizes in Sables Kart Clubs history, including trophies and additional top-quality prizes for each round of the championship.
A major drawcard in 2020 will be the opportunity to earn an entry to the ROK Cup Superfinal event in Italy.
Currently, Zac Dufty remains the only Zimbabwean to ever compete at the ROK world finals, in 2013 and 2014. Hopefully more youngsters will be able to take up this opportunity to qualify for the ROK world finals.
The Mini Rok class is for 8 – 13year olds and is raced at the 777m track at Donnybrook kart track under international rules which place the emphasis on driver skill.
The class is an important step in developing motorsport and Pole Position Karts management will provide direct involvement with competitors through technical assistance, spares, karts, engines and driver coaching.
Pole Position Karts, is Zimbabwe’s successful rental kart business with their own track, a fleet of 18 karts (soon to be 23!) and a full electronic Mylaps timing system at their venue in Eastlea where members of the public can enjoy the thrill of karting.
Kevin Dufty, owner of Pole Position Karts, said current efforts to rejuvenate Sables Kart Club provide an opportunity for collaboration.
“Pole Position Karts has an extensive customer base, social media presence, technical knowledge and strong links with top South African kart teams,” he said, adding:
“We will help boost promotion of the Mini Rok class and aim to increase grid size and create a more competitive environment at Sables Kart Club.’’
The class is the first step in developing motor-sport and in order to build the ‘roots’ of karting.
Currently, Pole Position Karts has dozens of youngsters driving rental karts every week in a safe environment.
This is the perfect environment for newcomers to karting to try the sport with extremely low cost and no technical knowledge.
Dufty concluded, “for those youngsters and adults who feel they’ve gotten everything possible out of our rental karts and are looking at progressing to racing karts, we can assist with the transition from rentals to racing. It’s a great opportunity to get behind the wheel of a kart.”