CTMX Report: Cape Coastal
Challenge Rd 1
04 February 2014
Published with Permission
Submitted by CTMX
The Cape Town Motocross Club CTMX was well represented at
round 1 of the Cape Coastal Challenge and when racing got
underway there were brilliant challenges in all the classes.
It was great to see the team spirit and support. What was
also very encouraging, was the contingent of East London riders
on the line. The day started off perfectly, but little did
we know that we would need to evacuate with haste, soon after
lunch, due to a massive fire that engulfed the bush surrounding
Rover. Flames, as high as 8m, were thrown into the air just
metres from the club house and the smoke was thick.
In the 50cc junior class it was Liam Botha (East London)
who took the win in both heats followed by Liam Lambert (CTMX)
and Keegan Hanekom (EL), in third. There was lots of excitement
in heat 1 with the two Liams battling it out in
the thick sand.
Liam die leeu Lambert getting some air.
In the 50cc Pro Senior class it was Zach Attack
Newby (PE) who really dominated proceedings. An interesting
omission to the race was A.J. Fourie who is out due to a broken
arm. He should be fine by the first national and he runs lap
times well below 1min 20 seconds, so will be one to watch.
Zach was almost 3 seconds faster than the new East London
sensation Chase Hanekom who came second in both heats. Four
seconds off the pace was John Henri Vaughan (CTMX) who came
in third. It is clear that Zach is comfortable in the sand
and this will make him a sure contender for the National title
this year. The rest of the field was well off the pace.
In the 65cc class Ethan Coleman (CTMX) was on top of the
box and is looking formidable in the thick sand. He was smooth
and clearly in full control of his machine. Ethan will surely
be a contender in three weeks time at the first national.
In second place was Titus Iversen (EL) and third was Liam
Liston (PE). The thick sand of Rover took its toll as these
little chaps battled through the top sand section. This will
be a real test of fitness for the hard pack riders.
Ethan Coleman dominated the 65cc class in the sand at the
Rover track on 1 February
In the 85cc class it was Justin Sangster (CTMX) who won the
day. Justin got the holeshot but Grant Hutton (PE) was not
going to let it go. These chaps went bar to bar in heat 1.
Both riders dropped their bikes Hutton in lap 1 and
Sangster in the last lap. The fall nullified Justins
lead as Grant was able to catch right up. It was then a sprint
to the line and with slower riders in the mix, it was a close
finish. Justin took the flag a split second ahead of Grant.
Ross Newby (PE) came in third. These boys are really riding
well and have once again demonstrated their ability to race
in the thick sand. Both boys will need to work on their consistency
as they cannot afford to drop the bike.
In the Pro mini / 125cc class it was Seth van den Abeele
who impressed with his display of skill and aggression. Chad
Homan (CTMX) started off strong but dropped off the pace and
will have to work hard on his fitness in the next few weeks.
Seth was determined to upset the 125cc riders, but this was
not to be. In the 125cc class it was young Matt van Galen
(CTMX) who beat Conor Fletcher (CTMX) into second place. Another
CTMX rider, James Coetzer came in third. James has improved
hugely and will also do all the nationals this year. Great
sportsman ship was displayed by our CTMX riders.
Conor Fletcher earned a worthy second place on 1 February
In the MX 1 & 2 class it was Tristan Purdon who got the
top slot Andrew Wren was up front until his boot somehow
got stuck to the frame. Marc Baxter ran a close second with
Andrew in third. Kevin Cassie (CTMX) was only able to fetch
fourth place, but is looking so smooth on the four stroke
Tristan Purdon on his way to winning the MX 2 class at
round 1 of the Cape Coastal Challenge.
Round 2 of the Cape Coastal challenge will take place on
the 5th April down in Cape Town at the Melkbos track.
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