Zim karting star makes strides in Italy

HARARE - Zimbabwe karting prodigy Zachary Dufty hopes his credible run at the Rok Cup International Final at South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato, Italy will help him find his feet in the high speed sport.

The Twin Rivers Primary School pupil, who is still cutting his teeth in the high speed sport, failed to qualify for the finals but held his own in a field of 105 Mini Rok entries from across the world.

The event attracted 105 competitors in the MiniROK class, a class of nine to 13-year-olds.

Zachary’s father Kevin, who was his coach and mechanic on the trip to Italy, noted that inexperience was their biggest undoing but was proud that the 10-year-old put on decent times.

“Fantastic trip to the Rok finals in Italy. With 105 Mini Rok entries alone, it was very competitive, making for some very tough, aggressive and fast racing,” Dufty Snr said.

“Zac made a huge improvement over last year and posted decent times, mixing it up with the South African competitors and getting within 0.5seconds of the fastest SA mini rokker.

“This was very exciting especially considering how different the conditions are to Zim. He had the pace this year which was fantastic but a bit of bad luck and poor qualifying put paid to his chances of going through to the final.”

Technically, Dufty Snr acknowledged there was still a lot work to be done to get Zachary to his best.

“We are not at the level of the factory teams but we're not that far off. The longest practice day was 9 sessions of 15 minutes long which started at 8am and finished at 17:40 with the youngsters covering around 150km in a single day.The event is seriously expensive, $680 just for an Italian license and medical alone to compete in.

“In nine days we used five sets of tyres but what an amazing experience for Zac and me. For him to have represented his country at nine-years-old again at 10-year old is something he will never forget.”

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