Joseph Oelz bagged a new lap record, two wins and a sixth to earn an overall win for the day at the 3rd Round of the WP Junior Max Karting Championship, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. A blisteringly quick lap in qualifying would see him only in P3 behind pole sitter Charl Visser and second place man Simon Simpson-Heath, less than a tenth between them.
In race 1 it was all going to plan. Oelz grabbed P2 after contact between the two boys up front before engaging in a tight battle with Visser. The two traded places a few times before a coming together saw Joseph get the raw end of it and have to fight back from fifth, which he did quite superbly climbing back to 3rd before again more contact ended his chances of a top 3 finish and he had to settle for P5 in what could be considered a pretty rough race to get proceedings under way for the day.
Cometh the man, cometh the hour, is how one could explain how the day proceeded from there on in. In race 2, Oelz romped to an impressive victory, having started from pole to lead from lights to flag. He finished up almost 6 seconds clear of P2 while claiming a new lap record of 41.693 and a P1 start for the third and final race of the day.
If one flag to flag victory wasn’t impressive enough, he did it again in the final race. Visser challenged briefly during the opening exchanges but Joseph’s pace was just too good and saw him cross the line with Visser finishing 3 seconds behind.
After a challenging start to the day, a quite superb comeback to claim the overall win by just 1 point over second place man Kai van Zijl. Troy Dolinscheck completed the podium.
“I just want to thank my family for all their support and Jason Coetzee for the advice and guidance. Thank you to the marshals and all the officials and a big thanks to my competitors for another good day’s racing” commented a satisfied young man to close off the day.