CHRISTINE Moss, daughter of leg- endary Eastern Cape racer Terry Moss, is confident her young Engen Supa Karts racing team will wow spectators at the Rok World Finals karting championship in northern Italy, starting today.
The team of 20 racers from around South Africa, aged between eight and 22, fared well in the past weekend's Trofeo Autunno Finale at the South Garda kart circuit – the same circuit where the Rok World Finals will be held from today until Saturday.
The Rok Finals take the form of knockout rounds, leading up to the main event on Saturday.
The Autunno Finale is a separate race, and is largely used by racers as a warm-up for the Rok Finals.
Moss's Port Elizabeth-based brother, Simon, qualified to take part in the Rok Finals through being South Africa's leading 125cc Super Rok Engine karting champion.
Simon is hoping to bring home the world title in this category – a victory he has narrowly missed in previous years' racing at South Garda. Christine said the past weekend's warm-up race had gone well.
"The pre-race was a good exercise for the young drivers needing seat time and to get to know the circuit," she said.
"It was an eye-opener and a reality check for them to build on. These events give the racers exposure to international talent."
Although East London-born racer Kwanda Mokoena, 9, who lives in Johannesburg, did not place this past weekend, Christine said he was ready to race in the 60cc Mini Rok Engine category this weekend.
Cape Town racer Julian van der Watt, 16, managed a second place in the Super Rok category.
Nemo Mazwai, 9, of Johannesburg, started 28th in the Mini Rok category and clawed his way up the rankings to finish a respectable 13th.
In the 125cc Rok engine category event, schoolgirl Ivana Cetinich, 17, of Johannesburg, finished 17th.