RACE REPORT: RD 1 OF THE CTMX
CHAMPIONSHIP ATTRACTS RECORD ENTRIES & DELIVERS THRILLS &
26 January 2013
The first round of the Cape Town Motocross club (CTMX) championship
attracted 123 entries and was supported by crowds of spectators
which packed the Zone 7 facility to virtual capacity. There was
brilliant racing in all classes and all the big names were there.
Although the wind became somewhat unpleasant and dried the track
very quickly, scintillating racing was still enjoyed by all.
In the 50cc juniors it was
little Hennie Roux who blasted
his way to the front in both heats and secured his spot on top of
the box. Krige Van Der Merwe and Matthew Carmichael put up a brave
fight and came in second and third respectively. Hennie Roux will
certainly be a contender in the new National 50cc junior category.
In the 50cc Pro senior class,
Ike Klaassen was noticeably
quicker, but Calum Marriott displayed great determination and riding
skill to pull in second in all three heats. Marriott was just over
one second per lap behind Klaassen, so this is going to be an interesting
battle as the year progresses. Ollie Glover came in third. Some
brilliant racing was also provided further down the field by Storm
Lanfear and John Henri Vaughan.
In the 65cc class, it was Storm
van Den Heever who secured the win but was admirably
challenged by Ethan Coleman and Chris Erasmus. Van den Heever got
stronger as the day progressed and dominated the second heat. Storm
looked very comfortable on the hard pack track and is sure to make
an impact in the national series. Van den Heever also got the junior
rider of the day award.
In the 85cc small wheel class
(heat1), Justin Sangster, blasted
his opposition into the wind as he hole shotted the field of 25
riders. He led from start to finish and was merciless in his onslaught
to beat the older 12 year old boys. He secured the hole shot in
heat 2 as well and had built up a substantial lead by the third
lap, when he put it down. He went down a lap and a half and although
he very nearly got to the front by the final lap, he had to settle
for third place giving him a second overall for the day. Jason
Du Toit on his KTM was consistent and rode a solid race
which secured him the overall first place. Josh Geringer also provided
a gutsy performance to come in third. All these boys will be participating
in the WOMZA national series this year.
Justin Sangster taking the holeshot in both heats
In the Pro-mini class Chad Homan
came in first, Brad Sullivan second and Dorian Cordiner, third.
In the 125cc high school class Dylan Stokes slaughtered the opposition.
Conor Fletcher came in second and young Matt van Galen, earned a
respectable third. Maria Pulinckx is back and mixed it with the
boys. She is determined to get back to her old form after her unfortunate
injury which forced her out of racing for a full year.
In the MX 2 class
(Heat 1) Calvin Vlaanderen
proved why he was one of the best in the world as he clawed back
from third place to take the win. Calvin was clinical and was all
over Justin Mittens (Rover MX) on his KTM 250 by lap three. In lap
4 he passed Mittens in a sandy corner. Even Caleb
Tennant had no answer for the multiple SA champion. In
Heat 2, it was Tennant who got out front and lead from start to
finish. Caleb is looking very smooth on his Kawasaki and he is still
working on some fitness aspects ahead of the Nationals. With the
heat 2 win, Tennant secured first overall. Vlaanderen came in second
and Justin Mittens, third.
Team mates Dale Herring is passed in the air by his ORBIS
racing team mate Kevin Sangster in the MX 2 class.
In the MX 1 class Anthony Raynard
treated the spectators to some spectacular techniques as he was
intent on lapping the field. Raynard is already making his intentions
known ahead of round 1 of the national series. Second was Dylan
Donald and third was a resurgent Jan Ryan.
In the Intermediate class Waldo De Wet
came in first, Devan Marais was second and Scott Kirkbridge,
The VMX guys joined in the
fun and the crowds really enjoyed watching these old machines, which
are always polished and prepared to perfection. Adrian
De Hutton (Flatline senior rider of the day) was first,
De Nobriega was second and Caldwell third.
In the ladies class Puck Klaassen
ended on top of the box, Bo-dene Scott was second and Elizmay Phillips
The MX 3 class saw a titanic battle between Terence Monk and Alex
Combrink, with Monk eventually coming through. Greg Miller ended
up in third. Monk and Combrink will certainly be contenders in the
national series this year.
Well done to CTMX for presenting another brilliant race day and
thanks to all the loyal supporters and suppliers for standing behind
the club. 2013 is going to be great as MX is taken to another level
in Cape Town.
For more information please go to www.ctmx.co.za