The Herald (Harare)

20 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Onorati Crowned 2012 Karting Champ

PROMISING young motor racing driver Aiden Onorati was at the weekend crowned the local karting club champion for the 2012 season.

Onorati took the top honours ahead of Ale Savo at a presentation function held on Saturday night at Italian Sports Club where a number of other top Zimbabwean karting drivers were also honoured for their outstanding achievements during the 2012 season.

Cameron Revolta was crowned the cadet club champion, beating Riaan Nel and Tanya Muzinda into second and third places.

Muzinda, who turns nine this year, is slowly becoming a "Jack of all trades" as she is also into motocross and last year saw her emerging second overall behind Big "BJ" Chitima (Junior) in the Pee Wee Class for riders under the age of nine in the national championship series.

Last year also saw Muzinda competing in both motocross and karting events at the home of motorsport in Zimbabwe -- Donnybrook --and she did well to win herself podium places in the two demanding disciplines and that's a phenomenal achievement for a young girl who competes in a male dominated environment.

Meanwhile, Muller Ferriera won karting's Masters class title and was crowned the champion ahead of Brendan McConnell and Rob Weston who came second and third in this section while Struan Nel walked away with the mini rok class crown.

Ben Ferriera and Keegan Davie were placed second and third in the mini rok class.

The junior max club champion title went to Ale Savo who did well to snatch it from under the noses of Cole Onorati (second) and Ettiene Nel (third) while Aiden Onorati was crowned the champion in senior max club section.

Brett Olsen and Michael McConnell were the first and second runners-up in the fight for the senior max club champion title during the 2012 karting season. Kurt Gilbert, who took almost 10 seconds off his lap time in one year, was crowned the Most Improved Cadet ahead of Revolta who was described as a young man who is so passionate with this sport that karting has become his obsession.

The award for the Most Improved Junior driver went to Rogan Hoffman while the crown for the Most Improved Senior competitor was snatched by "a lady on a mission" -- Carlyn Paulsen. The Team of the Year award for the 2012 karting season went to Zack Attack who the judges said were "always perfectly turned out, with fancy trolleys, trailers, kit and flags.

Andrew Revolta also went home smiling after Saturday night's function at Italian Sports Club after he was named as the Most Committed Member of the Year.

The Spirit Trophy, which is an award given to the drivers "who have had to fight the hardest to get their position", was won by Ale Savo and Cole Onorati.

"These two guys fought hard all year and we believe are well deserving (to win this award)," the judges commented. The crash between Isabella Savo and Zack Dufty stood out to be the best of the year in 2012 while the Stirrer of the Year award went to Maurizio Savo who was described as "a very vocal and volatile guy".

The McDonald Timber Trophy for the fastest female driver was won by Paulsen while the Sherwood Shield for the fastest kart was snatched by Aidan Onorati who recorded a lap time of 37.61 seconds during the 2012 season.

Meanwhile, the first karting event of the 2013 season will be held this Sunday at Donnybrook Raceway and racing will start at 10:30am.

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