It’s not often that one driver leads three top karting championships at one time, but Durbanville’s Charl Visser has certainly made the South African primary school karting world his own so far this year.
Charl currently leads both the SA national Maxterino 60cc and Mini Rok 60cc championships following another double victory in those classes at iDube, in KwaZulu-Natal last weekend, while he also leads the highly competitive Western Cape Maxterino Championship.
Twelve-year old Charl’s efforts at iDube also saw him scoop the overall Driver of the Day award, a significant accolade considering the brilliant racing overall on the day.
“I have had a very good year so far,” Charl admitted. “I’m very proud of winning the Driver of the Day award at iDube and to be leading all three championships at the moment.
“We have all worked very hard all year long so I must dedicate that award to my dad, Wesleigh Orr, Thando and all the people who have made this possible – I am very lucky to race with this team and we have to share the glory together too,” he said.
Charl’s little brother, Kyle, may only be nine years old, but the reigning Western Province Cadet Kart champion is now racing alongside his brother and he has impressed in his first season so far, improving every race to find himself in seventh place in the Western Cape Maxterino championship and tenth in the nationals where most of his rivals are older than him.
“The Maxterinos are bigger, more powerful and harder to drive, but I am getting used to the 60s and I hope to be in the top three by the end of the season,” said Kyle.
Now the Visser brothers turn their attention to Vereeniging as they head for a karting ‘holiday’, where Charl will race the July 2 Northern Regions races in both classes in preparation for the national final there two weeks later.
“I’m looking forward to the Northern Regions races next week. There is a lot of pressure being on top of all the championships, so to race without any championship worries will be cool for once.
“It would also be good if I can win up there so we can go to the national knowing we are on the pace,” said Charl.