AS the country’s top junior and senior drivers prepare to battle it out for honours in a karting race meet scheduled for Donnybrook Park, Harare, an official has bemoaned disintegrating infrastructure at the venue.
The karting race is set for the capital city on 22 September.
Karting is a variant of motorsport and is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports. Zimbabwe has four classes of karts, which include Cadets — the youngest class for six to 12-year-olds.
The Minirok class is open to ages from eight to 13 and this class uses slightly larger karts than the cadet.
For drivers that are aged between 12 to 16 years old, the Junior Rotax class is the category that they compete in.
Drivers above 16 years old participate in the Senior Rotax Max class.
An official, Adrian Watt, who is the Sables Karting Club vice-chairman, bemoaned lack of financial assistance to upgrade Donnybrook Park, which he says does not meet international standards.
“We are appealing for sponsorship from the ministry (Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation) to upgrade our tracks so that they meet international standards and if we do that we will be able to invite other countries such as South Africa,” said Watt.
On preparations for the 22 September race Watt said at least 15 drivers were expected to compete in three different classes, in a sport that is regarded as the breeding ground for all motorsport genres.
“We have all logistics in place and we are happy that all the competitors are looking forward to the competition, because we are only left with three meets this year. The drivers will be fighting for honours in three classes namely minirok, cadet and rotax 125cc and each will consist of three rounds,” he said.