Joseph Oelz ended a what was an admirable challenge for top spot in the South African Junior Max Championship in second spot after an undesirable result at the National Final held at Zwartkops Raceway. Having started off the season with one of the greatest laps of the year to take pole position at iDube Raceway in KZN, the unpredictable conditions on race day saw Oelz off to a tough start after some of the lower field runners took gambles that paid off.
Oelz bounced back in fine style to take the overall win at Laserfiche Raceway in Vereeniging after a third and two dominant victories. This was enough to bring him swiftly back into contention for the 2018 title as the Nationals headed to his home track Killarney in Cape Town.
What followed in Cape Town was a really tough pill to swallow for young Oelz who after looking set for some good results was on the wrong end of a few on track antics that left him trailing the field and having to constantly fight his way back. This meant that he went into the final round at Zwartkops needing a string of top results to claim the title.
In the final round, Oelz missed out on pole by 67 hundredths of a second and went on to win the first race. Unfortunately races two, three and four didn’t go according to plan as Oelz had to settle for fourth overall on the day and second spot in the South African Championship. Not a bad effort considering he lost out to a driver who ran in this class in 2017 and this was Joseph’s first year in Junior Max.
2019 certainly looks bright for Oelz who will come back fighting as we have come to expect. Watch out for this talented racing driver as he continues to make his mark on the South African Motorsport scene.