09 VKC National -  start of the raceAction packed racing and what seemed to be a mount Everest of a struggle to climb at the Bridgestone Adrenalin Race Track at Vereeniging did not stop ENGEN Extreme / Southern Sun’s Fabienne Lanz from qualifying to compete overseas late October this year.

Fabienne had to start at the back of the grid for heat 1. A pile up at the start of the race gave Fabienne the opportunity to make some places, which she did, narrowly missing the pile up. She then picked the boys one by one and overtook them and made her way up to 3rd place. Ian Young and Simon Moss overtook her in the finishing stages of the race and a collision in the last lap gave Fabienne the 2nd place.

The action never stopped as the 2nd heat was just as crammed with overtaking left, right and center. Fabienne had her hands full, but none the less, proved what she was made of and finished a whopping 2nd again.

Unfortunately Fabienne was shunted off the track, drove a rally kart for a few seconds before getting her kart back onto the track in the final heat of the day. This put her right at the back of the filed. She managed to overtake a couple of competitors, but ran out of laps and finished in 10th position. Her two outstanding performances in heat 1 and 2, gave her 2nd place overall for the day. “I was totally swept off my feet when I found out we finished 2nd for the day, as I thought we would have only finished 5th or 6th, due to the unfortunate 10th in the last heat. I am totally overwhelmed! I would like to thank the team and for all their efforts, all the people who support me and all the fans who root for me.”

The day ended with a podium ceremony where the first 3 got to spray non-alcoholic champagne. Fabienne loves the podium ceremony with the champagne. It gives a little glamour touch compared to Formula 1.

The championship has not been decided yet as some technicality issues have not been cleared yet. Fabienne qualified and will join the South African Squad to compete against some of the world’s best Karters at the Vortex Grand Final in Lonato, Italy which will be held at the end of October this year.