In a fast-paced thirty-man final, the country’s fastest amateur karters went flat out with Zahir Phillips of Cape Town taking the checkered flag to become the first Red Bull Kart Fight South African Champion.
More than 1800 karting enthusiasts, from around the country, entered the event during the qualification period. The top 30 participants met at Kyalami Race Track on Saturday 11 May 2013 to battle it out for the coveted first place.
In a fiercely contested final, Zahir Phillips from Cape Town emerged victorious, edging out Kuda Vazhure from Johannesburg in the final lap to claim the Red Bull Kart Fight title. Yaseen Rhode, also from Cape Town, finished hot on their heels in 3dr position.
A visibly emotional Zahir was overjoyed “The experience was out of this world. It was pretty tough going into a race not knowing what the kart would be like, but the track was amazing! The curves and apexes of the track were so different – a great overall experience. Today I just wanted to try my best and stay focused. That’s what I’ll do in the World Final – try my best and give it my all.”
F1 Guru Sasha Martinengo was on hand to lend his voice to the proceedings and was impressed with not only the depth of karting talent, but also how seriously the participants took the competition. “The Red Bull Kart Fight today at Kyalami has been something exceptional – a lot of fun, but also a lot of competitiveness between the karters. Hopefully this inspires more youngsters and amateur racers to get involved in some kind of motorsport. I am sure Zahir will do us proud in the World Final.”
Zahir will represent South Africa at the Red Bull Kart Fight World Final later in the year.
More about Red Bull Kart Fight
The Red Bull Kart Fight is a global competition to determine the fastest amateur kart racer in the World of Red Bull. National competitions in 20 countries around the planet search for the best racers to represent each country and those winners then travel to the Red Bull Kart Fight World Final. The winner of the World Final is crowned Red Bull Kart Fight World Champion.
Participating in the World Final is as close as an amateur racer can get to the feel of being a top international star. A selection of Red Bull’s great athletes will be present to mentor, encourage and coach the finalists, boosting them to produce their very best performance over these 2 intense days of competition where only one will emerge as World Champion.