Joseph Oelz brought a close to his 2017 proceedings by claiming the 2017 WP Rotax Mini Max winners trophy at the recent WPMC Karting awards ceremony. A fitting end to what has been a fantastic year for the talented young racing driver who in his first full season in the Mini Max class ended with 16 Race Wins and 4 Pole Positions.
A common theme throughout the year was how tightly contested the regional Mini Max class was. There was nothing to separate the top 4 on many occasions and the pace upfront was rapid. Racing against some of the top drivers in the country was no small task and to come out on top was truly a world class achievement. Oelz acknowledged this at the numerous prize givings throughout the year always congratulating his peers for hard, proper racing.
Having decided early on in the year to not compete in the South African National Karting Championship, Oelz entered himself in the Cape Town leg as a Wildcard and duly delivered. Pole Position in qualifying and 3 dominant race victories followed and one can only wonder what could have been should he have contested that championship from start to finish.
Having added a 4th title in only 6 years of competitive racing is quite astounding as Oelz aims to continue breaking records and rising to the top. 2018 however holds a new challenge. Joseph will be stepping up to the Rotax Junior Max class where he will be up against old rival Charl Visser, while Tate Bishop, Kai van Zijl and Sibo Solomon also graduate to the Junior Max class in 2018. A true spectacle will be in store come Round 1 of the Regional Championship next year.
“A massive thanks to my family for all their support this year, none of this would be possible without them and well done to all the other competitors, bring on 2018” stated Oelz after receiving his trophy at the awards.