The third round of the South African Junior Max Championship did not go according to plan for Tiffany Napier, who was hoping for a good showing in Cape Town this past weekend.
After becoming reacquainted with Killarney during Thursday’s unofficial practice, Tiffany felt confident of a good showing during Friday’s qualifying session. Unfortunately, her 3 lap session was severely hampered when the karter in front of her experience technical issues and forced Tiffany to abandon her flying lap. This resulted in a 14th place start for the first race.
Tiffany drove as hard as she could during the first two races, but battled to get through the very competitive field. It didn’t help that she couldn’t quite find the “sweet spot” in her race set-up, which left her BirelART kart feeling unbalanced.
After finishing 13th in the first race and 16th in the second race, Tiffany was handed the final blow to her weekend when she was punted off the track in the final heat.
“Killarney is a very fast, bumpy and physically demanding circuit. I really felt that I had found some good pace before qualifying and the kart felt really hooked-up. Unfortunately, circumstances just didn’t allow for a flying lap and I really paid for it all weekend,” explained Tiffany.
“It really has been a season of highs and lows, but that is the nature of the sport. I am too determined to give up and look forward to the final round at Zwartkops, where I know I have the pace to run with the front runners. Thank you to BirelART SA, my sponsors (Design Waterproofing Systems and Xeramic Kart Lubricants) for their continued support and to my Mom and Dad for always having my back,” continued Tiffany.
The final round of the National Championship will take place in Pretoria West at the end of September.