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Josephat shines at nationals and African Open

2024-03-28  Staff Reporter

Josephat shines at nationals and African Open

In a display of skill and determination, Namibian racer Russell Josephat, affectionately known as RJ63, left an indelible mark at the recent South African Nationals and African Open held at Killarney, Cape Town.

The prestigious event, spanning two days, attracted top-tier drivers from across Africa.

Josephat, the sole Namibian representative in his class, showcased his prowess amidst stiff competition. Despite facing formidable opponents, he demonstrated remarkable talent and resilience throughout the competition.

After an impressive showing in qualifying and the first heat, he found himself in a commendable fifth position.

However, a setback in the second heat, where he was bumped from behind, momentarily hindered his progress, relegating him to the back of the pack. 

Undeterred, the racer pushed forward, only to face another challenge in the form of a spin-out during the third heat, resulting in the retirement of his car due to broken arm controls.

Nevertheless, Josephat’s spirit remained undimmed as he tackled the final African champion heat. 

Starting from the ninth position, he mounted a remarkable comeback, storming his way to fifth place, securing an impressive sixth-place finish in the nationals and a commendable fifth place in the African Open.

His father and coach JP Josephat said he was content with the results given how challenging the tournament is. 

“It was the most gruelling event, and it was quite tough. We loved the challenge, and it was a learning curve for us given the intensity of the competition. It opened doors and we are now going to go back to the drawing board and see how we can improve,” said the father.

Looking ahead, Josephat’s sights are set on his next challenge, slated for 13 April at Tony Rust in Windhoek. 

2024-03-28  Staff Reporter

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