Roos Kart Team’s novel approach to CANSA support
Motorsport is one of the few facets of sport that can be moulded into almost anything in order to create awareness.
In a mere three years, Vereeniging based RKT (Roos Kart Team) has become one of the best known teams in kart racing. As sole importers of Zanardi chassis, the team has proved successful not only in South Africa, but also on the world stage where drivers Clinton Bezuidenhout and Nathan Parkins won world championships last year.
In a unique fund raising campaign, the Blue Label Telecoms supported Roos Kart Team has selected 10 drivers who will be racing for charity at the second leg of the South African Rotax Max Challenge taking place in Port Elizabeth on 29 June.
The Max National is on the 29th June at Victory Drive in Sardinia Bay (Friday is practice and set up with Saturday being the main races). The ROK National is in Idube on the 13th July in KZN, just outside Pietermaritzburg, close to Camperdown.
The karts will be wrapped in pink and drivers will be racing for Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). “Helping those affected with cancer is very close to our hearts and as part of the motorsport community, we’d like to give something back to an organisation that does an amazing amount of work on extremely limited funding,” said team spokesman Bjorn Roos.
View gallery of the race that took place Saturday, 29 June below.
“We’ll be donating R10 for every point scored by our drivers, and with 35 points on offer for a win and then being awarded all the way down to 32nd place it means CANSA is guaranteed to benefit. RKT would also like to challenge other teams to match this,” added Roos.
Drivers will be competing in four classes from the junior Maxterino class to with some of the country’s top line drivers including Bezuidenhout who is the current Mini-Rok world champion.
“RKT, along with sponsors Blue Label Telecoms, Battery Energy drink and Permatex, is committed to promoting karting as a healthy lifestyle that involves whole families. Studies have found that a child will do better at school as winning and performing at his or her best becomes second nature,” explained Roos who competed at international level during his school years.
Drivers at Port Elizabeth are; Stuart White, Chayse Augustus, Charl-Michael Visser, Luke Herring, Darren Oates, Justin Oates, Clinton Bezhuidenhout, Kohen Bam, Trent Varejes, Luke van Rensburg.
Click on pictures below to view gallery of the Max National race that took place on the 29th June at Victory Drive in Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth: