|What||FIA Karting Academy Round 1 Report|
|When||18-20 June 2021|
Motlekar on a steep FIA karting learning curve
Reigning South African Mini Max karting champion Ghazi Motlekar relished in the huge learning curve he faced at the opening round of the FIA Karting Academy Championship in Wackersdorf in Germany over the weekend. Racing against the finest young karters from across the globe, the Mozambican ended best of the three Southern Africans in the final of first round of the illustrious annual four-race series.
"This weekend was a step outside our comfort zone,” Ghazi admitted. “The Academy’s single-make Exprit chassis, Vortex engine and MG tyres are all new to us so we had to learn and understand them from the get-go – we were basically starting from ground zero! “Still, I made good progress through the weekend and I was delighted to make it into the final.
“That was a pretty tough race and it wasn't easy starting at the back, but I managed to avoid all the accidents and made up eight places in spite of a nose cone penalty. “Finishing today’s race among the best karters in the world in my age group was important and a huge milestone. “Now we have a bit more experience, we are looking forward to the next round – I can’t wait!”
Ghazi returns to his Rotax Max Italia commitments at Alá this coming weekend, with his next FIA Academy outing also in Italy at Adria 14-15 August.
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