All eyes will be on Donnybrook Raceway in Harare on Sunday 2nd November as Zimbabwe's top drivers and riders converge to contest the final round of the seven part National Championships. The Hamish Cameron Race Day will see various classes of saloon and sports cars battle not only for class honours, but for the prestigious Toyota Driver of the Year Championship which will be decided at this meeting. The Hamish Cameron Grand prix will be the culmination of the day's racing, and pits all cars from all classes against each other under a carefully devised handicap system. With 10 points on offer at the final race, no less than 5 drivers have a chance to lift the Toyota Cup, but the favourite must be Rowan Whyte who currently leads the championship.
ZImbabwe tied with South Africa for the overall win in the FIM Africa Moto-X Championship. There had to be a winner so second and third place points were counted and South Africa took the lead by one point.
The whole of the Zimbabwean Team rode like true Zimbabweans, with all their heart and huge determination to do well. Diaan Manual 3 x 1st Places in 50cc, Daven Crocker a 1st, 2nd and a 1st Place in 65cc, Reagan Wasmuth a 1st and 2 x 2nd Places and Brad Perry 2 x 2nd Places and a 4th Place in the 125cc. Cam Thixton, Josh Thomas, Broc Thomas 1st Overall in the MX1 Class, Ash Thixton 3rd in MX2 Class. Shaun Whyte, Trev Thixton 2nd overall in the Veterans Class. Blaize and Shayne Thomas 1st Overall in Master's Class.
Missing from the Zimbabwe Team were the Ashwell brothers and Sean Mitchell. If they had participated, Zimbabwe would have taken home the title of 'Africa Champions" for the first time.
It was fantastic to have a group of guys that wanted to race for their country, with their determination in the way they rode showing they all wanted to be at the top of their game.
Next year we WILL try again!
Zac Dufty (10) leaves Harare on Sunday to head to Italy where he will race in the Rok World Championship finals at South Garda racetrack near Verona between 20 – 25 October. He will also race in the Italian National Trofeo Cup on 18 October as a warm-up race.
Dufty, who has been karting since he was six years old, will be the only Zimbabwean at this prestigious event and will be one of the youngest drivers competing. He races in the MiniRok class here at Harare Karting Club and will be racing in the same class in Italy.
The 2014 Rok World Championship will attract over three hundred top kart drivers in the world from over 100 countries. Instead of the usual field of five or six drivers he competes with in Zimbabwe, Dufty will compete with a grid of approximately seventy drivers in the qualifying heats. However, Dufty is not intimidated by the size of the grid. “I have to race my own race, choose my lines and my braking points carefully, avoid any incidents on the track and go as fast as I can,” he said during an interview.