Beaming with confidence from his Cape Town National heroics less than a month ago, Sebastian Boyd was chomping at the bit to continue taking the challenge to his more experienced DD2 counterparts at Round 2 of the South Africa National Karting Championships this past weekend.
Port Elizabeth welcomed the top DD2 race drivers from around the county to a tight and technical Celso Scribante Kart Track. The weather couldn’t resist getting involved in the karting circus, dishing up dry but ultimately rather useless practice days, as race day would be a story of tyre spray and wet weather glory.
Less than a second covered the top 12 drivers, with Boyd having demonstrated the pace to be in the second row on the grid. It was not to be unfortunately, with the three-lap qualifying format not going Boyd’s way as he managed P9.
Having tasted success in PE three years ago in Rotax Junior MAX, Boyd certainly wasn’t giving up on a top result.
With wet Mojo tyres keeping his kart on the road, Boyd lined up for race 1. As the lights went out, he was greeted by a wall of spray, commonly known as a “rooster tail” in racing circles. This sport requires bravery and Seb held on tight, trusting his internal instincts.
Although he lost out initially as the field squabbled for position, a clean run was really all one could hope for into turn 1. As things settled down, Seb carved his way through the field, climbing from P12 to P8 with some excellent overtaking.
A best lap of 54.122s was enough to see Seb starting race 2 from the same position in which he finished race 1 – P8.
A brief respite from the rain was greeted by DD2 drivers scrambling for their Mojo D5 slicks. As the lights went out for race 2, visibility had returned.
Ironically, it was under these conditions that half the field in front of Seb disappeared into the dusty run-off into turn 1. Finding himself in P3 after the mayhem, Boyd put his head down and drove for his life. Displaying a maturity beyond his years that has become synonymous with his driving, Seb maintained P3 until the checkered flag. A result like that can only bring smiles to Team Boss Warren Boyd and Driver Trainer Claudio Piazza-Musso (RDSA), with Boyd certainly celebrating inside his helmet too.
Race 3 saw dry(ish) conditions, with the field taking the start on slicks. Boyd fought his way to a superb P4, despite the tricky conditions in the latter stages of the race when the rain returned for more action after feeling left out.
A South African champion and a rising star in DD2, Seb took P4 overall at an away National in ever-changing conditions. This is no mean feat!
With plenty of action still to come this season, Boyd’s competitors will be taking him very seriously in the premier format of karting in South Africa.
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