Cape Town’s Joseph Oelz went into Saturday’s 3rd Round of the South African Rotax Junior Max Championship looking to stamp down his hometown advantage after some top results in the regional races building up to the National. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be after some retched luck knocked him off the track and down the standings.
Having qualified a satisfactory P3 in late Friday afternoon qualifying. He looked good for some worthy results. After climbing to P2 by the end of lap 1 in the first race, he was then swamped out and down to P6. Not giving up ever, he fought his way back up to 3rd before losing a position right at the last to finish in fourth.
In a very challenging race 2, every time Joseph seemed to make up positions he would be bumped back down and have to start his fight all over again. Having run as low as P8 he managed to climb his way back to cross the finish line in P5.
In race 3, it’s safe to say all hell broke loose. Having made his way to the front a lunge from one of the other competitors all but ended Joseph’s race who after falling down to last place, staggered home in P14. An awful end to what was set to be a positive day for the young man especially considering the pace he had shown. None the less Joseph still stands well in the National Championship and looks forward the finale at Zwartkops at the end of September.