Bad luck hits White in Italy

 Thirteen-year-old Stuart White of Bloemfontein is pretty much a seasoned campaigner on the local karting circuits in South Africa and is starting to become a regular in Europe as well.

Over the past few years the speedster from Grey College has been burning some serious rubber on regular trips to Europe, particularly in Italy, where he is racing at the moment.

The soft spoken youngster had a bit of bad luck during his current trip while taking part in the Spring Cup at the South Garda Karting Track in Lonato, in the north of Italy. While "Baby Vettel" as he is affectionately known, was the second fastest during the weekend’s racing, he ran into bad luck in the qualifying round when the team was ordered to replace his kart’s carburettor. He then crashed during the pre-finals, which saw him finishing 17th overall.

The next stop on his trip saw himself, his father David and the team travel some 250kms south to the port city of Castelletto for the WSK Super Masters Series where their woes continued due to the conditions.

In the qualifying round, he ran in 0.2 seconds slower than the fastest rider, however, heavy rain during the pre-finals saw White crashing again, finishing in 23rd place.

With just the fastest 15 racers qualifying for the final, the race in Castelletto will be one he will want to put behind him as soon as possible heading into the Trofeo Andrea Margutti this weekend, which is back in Lonato.

Yesterday, the family saw a bit of reunion with his mother Jeanne and older sister Andrea from Hoër Meisieskool Oranje joining them.
From 27 to 29 March Stuwie will race in the very competitive 26th running of the Andrea Margutti, which sees 40 of best racers from across the globe competing, before heading down to Castelletto again for the X30 Challenge Europa.

Andrea, who is a relative newcomer to the sport, has also been making waves in karting of late and earned a second place finish during the first round of the Junior ROK Northern Regions Championship on 14 March 2015.

Next weekend will see her racing in the X30 Ladies Class for her first ever race abroad, while Stuwie will burn up the track in X30 Juniors Class in a race and track he knows all to well.

Stuwie is using his trip overseas to gain some more valuable experience heading into the World Championships later this year.

This may just be the tip of the iceberg for the Grade 6 learner, with what is believed to be good news heading in his direction in the upcoming weeks, which Courant will bring you.