Keagan is going places … fast!

He has competed in two race weekends in Germany this year and is currently back in South Africa to compete in the Sasol GTC 2 at the Zwartkops Raceway on 16 June. He will then return to Germany to compete in the next Audi TT Cup race at Norisring. Keagan flies back after each race weekend to attend school and his South African races. There are five German races left in the season for which he will travel to Germany.
Keagan was seventh on the grid after his first race in Germany but had a disappointing race weekend in May at Nurbergring, after going off track to prevent an accident between other cars, lowering his ranking on the German circuit slightly. He is, however, currently lying first in the South African championship grid for Sasol GTC2 in the Volkswagen Golf 7.
At two-and-a-half-years-old he was racing on a computer simulator at home and watching racing videos and at just 7 years-old, the dynamic little Keagan competed in his first club karting race. At each stage and formula of racing a driver is required to do driving tests to check their capabilities as they move into different formulas. “I started in karting, then did a season in Formula Ford on main track in 2015. In 2016 I competed in the Engen VW Polo Cup series and this year have progressed to Sasol GTC 2 where I am racing for Volkswagen in a VW Golf 7,” he says. “Towards the end of 2016 I had the opportunity to do a driving test for the Audi TT Cup in Germany and was selected to compete in the Audi TT Cup 2017 season.”
Keagan says you have to have a competitive nature and a passion for speed in order to race. “It is also a very expensive sport and I am fortunate to have my father’s support. You need many hours of seat time to learn race craft, the tracks and vehicle you are driving.” He says you need to master concentration and have faith in your abilities. What was  Keagan’s personal highlight? “There have been so many, but I would say when I qualified on pole position at the Karting Rok International Final in Italy in 2011, as well as receiving my junior Protea Colours in motorsport.”
The Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria is Keagan’s home track.
The highest speed Keagan has ever driven at is 240 km/h. “When you are racing at high speed, you cannot allow your mind to wander. You need to focus on so many things at once. You are using all your senses to control the car as well as maintaining your position on the track.

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Cerise Mtshatsheni

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