ZIMBABWE motor racing phenomenon, Axcil Jefferies was the most recurring name as a role model among young drivers at the national kart racing challenge held at Donnybrook Park last week.
By Own Correspondent
A product of local kart racing, Jefferies has already carved an indelible mark in Zimbabwe motor racing folklore by becoming the only second African ever to compete in the FIA Formula Two championship.
It is no surprise if more local motor racing prodigies begin to follow in Jefferies’ footsteps.
Harare Karting Club official Janie Telling spoke of the Zimbabwe Formula One dream chaser.
“Axcil Jefferries is a very big influence to most of the kids here having been with the club in his formative years and he still loves this [Donnybrook] track, he comes to support each time he is in the country,” she said.
True to Telling’s words, most of the winners of the day proclaimed aspiration to emulate or out-do Jefferies.
Cameron Revolta (11) displayed amazing ability to win the Minirok class ahead of Zack Dufty and 12-year-old Bishopslea School girl Danika Hockey, revealed her aspiration.
“I look up to Axcil [Jefferies]and I am always trying to get to his level and I’m really working hard to get there and I hope I will,” an enthusiastic Revolta said.
In the cadet class seven-year-old Luke Rosseau breezed to the top while brothers Samuel and David Mliswa finished second and third respectively.
Humphery Mliswa, father to David and Samuel, said he had found that Axcil Jefferies was the reason why his sons took to kart racing, adding that he would push the lads to achieve the best of their abilities in motorsport.
Brendan McConnell won the senior master class, relegating Ale Savo to second place with Maurizio Savo hot on his rear, in third.
Calvin Mukandiona (11) was voted the driver of the day for his exploits in the Minirok category.