Bloemfontein teenager and karting sensation, Stuart White, has his sights set on his first world title this week.
White plans on topping the podium in the 2016 CIK-FIA World Junior Karting Championships at the Sakhir International Kart Circuit in Bahrain.
A year ago the Grade 9 learner came third in the event in one of the most exciting races of the season.
White, who is more experienced this time around, is considered as the favourite to claim the world title in the Middle East.
The speedster conceded that it will be tough beating the top 100 racers in the world but he will be banking on his experience against overseas contenders.
“I finished second in last year’s Junior Rok International Finals in Italy and this year we ended up third in that event,” said White.
“It would be brilliant to continue the trend and stand on the top step of the podium in the CIK-FIA World Finals in Bahrain.
That’s easier said than done, though. We’ll be racing against 100 of the world’s best kart racers in Sakhir but I hope to use my overseas experience to its best advantage.”
White was South Africa’s 2015 CIK Academy candidate. He raced across Europe that year and has gained extensive World Final experience over several seasons.
Stuart will race in Bahrain as part of a four-kart Southern African Junior Team alongside Jason Coetzee and Sebastian Boyd from the Cape and Mozambican, Karl Pitzer.
The youngster from the City of Roses has also got his sights set on bigger things and recently spent some time in France where he was testing cars with the French F4 Academy at the world famous Le Mans circuit.
His coach during the testing was Gabriel Aubrey who is currently a European Formula Renault pilot.
The beauty of the French F4 series is that the cars are all run by one federation or team and they’re all set up and maintained to perform the same. Recorded times are based purely on the drivers’ ability.
Based on the feedback from the academy and the experience on the day White is seriously looking at doing a season in the French F4 championship with the academy for 2017.
The 2016 CIK-FIA World Junior Karting Championship in Bahrain runs from 15 to 19 November. – MORGAN PIEK