The MSA National Karting Championship Round 1 at the Killarney Kart Track saw two podium finishes and a number of other admirable positions gained for the Squadra Corse team.
Taking the honours were Luviwe Sambudla who finished in second place in the Mini ROK category and Roman de Beer who earned a third in the KZ2 race.
“We anticipated that Luviwe was, at best, placed in sixth position at the start of the weekend but he thrilled us all by bagging the silver. He’s now a serious contender in the fight for the championship and is displaying by far the best comeback I’ve seen in a while,” says Elijah Gumbi, owner and manager of the Squadra Corse team.
Gumbi put aside his managerial role for the weekend by donning the mechanic’s hat for De Beer. “This is actually the role I started in 15 years ago and it was exciting and really enjoyable to get back into the nitty gritty of racing by spannering Roman’s kart. The cherry on top of a great weekend was having my role models – Wayne Masters and Shane de Beer – in the tent to help me steer this awesome team to greatness.”
De Beer’s teammate Keagan Masters edged into a noteworthy fourth place. Sambudla was joined by the Mabunda brothers – Ntiyiso (10th place) and Mahlori (13th place) and Enzo Rujugiro (20th place) – all running under the Performantè Programme.
“Rujugiro managed a 10th place in the third race of the event, proving that he definitely has the ability to go the distance and climb the rankings. Similarly, the Mabunda boys moved from a stone-last situation in 2019 to the top 6 in pace in as little as only three months. I am very satisfied with the performance of all the boys and cannot wait to see them evolve as highly competitive drivers over the 2021 race season,” says Gumbi.