WOMZA NORTH VS SOUTH INTER-PROVINCIAL
13 August 2013
by Mark Sangster
This is an extraordinary report since this was an extraordinary
On Thursday late afternoon I arrived to do documentation and was
greeted by three of the friendliest and happiest ladies. They welcomed
us and said how glad they were that we had arrived safely. We then
enjoyed a quick drink under the new 160 meter-square roof and to
the newly paved area. Something told me that we were in for a cracker
of an event.
On Friday at 06h30 when we arrived there was a queue of vehicles
almost 300m long waiting to filter into the limited pit area. Somehow
the 250 bikes fitted into the sections that had been allocated to
the provinces no hooting and no squabbles. In spite of it
being -1 degree, the atmosphere was electric and riders and mechanics
huddled around the bon fire drinking plenty of hot chocolate.
Then proceedings got under way. Practice went off smoothly and
the track soon became rough. The second practice followed a new
format where, after 5 minutes of free practice, a large T was displayed
to indicate that timing and qualification had now commenced. One
could almost hear the roar of the engines as the competitive spirit
THIRTY SEVEN 50cc RIDERS TOOK PART IN THE INTER-PROVINCIAL CHALLENGE
This took us up to lunch time when all the teams assembled on the
start straight for a march past. A sea of colour, a mass of riders
and with a bit of healthy chirp, it was clear that racing was going
to be intense. Commentating then commenced and with a bit of music
in the background, the GEES was there.
TEAMS ASSEMBLE ON THE START STRAIGHT FOR THE OFFICIAL MARCH PAST
Well, we were treated to absolutely brilliant racing in ALL the
classes. The overall class results can be viewed on the Pro Timing
web site. The most impressive class was the 65cc with 31 on the
line boy was I apprehensive, as these kids had never ridden
in races with such numbers. They all managed to get through the
first corner OK and hats off to all of them for giving their best.
Thanks to the ladies for venturing out some real talent
there. I just know that many more are going to come out of the woodwork.
You ladies have broken ground by your boldness from here
on it will only get bigger and better.
This event afforded the regional and club riders a platform to pit
their skills against the experienced national campaigners. The entire
build up of the event, along with the race shits / bibs and the
many supporters, has ensured that MX has a bright and exciting future
in South Africa.
The MX 1 and 2 classes were brilliant, but what enthused me the
most was to see how the teams came out to trackside to cheer and
encourage their team riders. Flags were being waved and vuvuzelas
blown, which just added that special touch.
Prize giving was fantastic and yes, the SOUTH won the day. Northern
regions, you guys put up a brilliant fight and came so close. Well
done to Gauteng on winning the Inter-provincial by a good margin.
These were the final points for the two competitions:
Northern Regions 2143
Western Cape 1565
Eastern Cape 1410
Free State -1115
KZN - 471
North Vs South
North - 800
This was a joint venture between BORC, Cape Town and WOMZA
some new and exciting initiatives have already been suggested for
next year. No doubt we will return to Bloemfontein again in 2014.
Thanks to Anton, Choppie and the BORC team, Monster Energy, all
the other sponsors and to YOU the riders, for making this the event
of the decade.
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