Race Report: CTMX Round 1
24 February 2014
Published with Permission
Submitted by CTMX
Perfect weather, an almost perfect track and a perfect family
atmosphere set the scene for a perfect day at the track. The
day started with a word of welcome from our new chairlady,
Elmare Herring, and thereafter the CoC took control. The club,
for the first time, ran their senior streaming
initiative and by all accounts, was enjoyed by the riders.
In the 50cc junior class, 6 year old Liam Lambert, stamped
his authority on the other participants and won both heats.
Second place went to Neil van der Vyver, who is back after
his broken arm and boy is he displaying courage. It was, however,
little Reinier van Der Merwe who won the hearts of the spectators.
Liam will be up in Rover next week to start his campaign to
challenge for the junior title. Watch this space !!
In the 50cc Pro senior class there were no surprises with
John Henri Vaughan winning all three heats. Some way behind
was Hennie Roux. Hennie got the holeshot in heat 2, but appeared
a little shaky in the loose sand, which allowed Vaughan to
slip through after a few corners. Third place went to Kyle
Bremer who is also looking very comfortable this year. Xander
De Bruin has improved so much and is almost ready to take
his KX 65 into the big league.
Lucien Bremer found supporting older brother Kyle and Dad
at the race rather exhausting.
In the 65cc class Ethan Coleman ended on top of the box with
Calum Marriott second and Josh De Hutton in third. Marriott
won the first heat after both Coleman and Ike Klaassen put
their bikes down. In heat 2, Marriott was out in front again
but this time Coleman was able to reel him in and pass him
in the penultimate lap. Klaassen took a tumble and did not
complete the heat. Coleman and Klaassen are both looking good
but will be under immense pressure in PE next weekend. They
have certainly mastered the sand.
The 85cc junior class was won by Chris Erasmus who rode a
really solid race. In heat 1, the young lady, Puck Klaassen,
known as blond bomber, challenged him right to
the line with only 1 second separating the two. In heat 2
Erasmus realised that he needed to up his game and surely
did he won heat 2 and this time it was Max Ledgerwood
who got second. He is running very respectable times and not
too far behind Puck and Erasmus. Puck got third overall.
In the Pro mini class, Chad Homan checked out and was unchallenged
in the initial 3 or so laps. Young Justin Sangster on his
small wheel KX then started a charge of note and came back
very strong in the latter half of the race, but was never
going to catch Homan. Jason Du Toit came in third. In Heat
2 Homan had to retire due to bike failure which handed Sangster
the win for the day. Du Toit therefore got second and Homan
third overall. Newcomer, Brett Roberts put up a brave
challenge and is improving race by race.
In the exciting field of ten 125cc class Matt van Galen dominated
proceedings and won both heats comfortably. His training partner,
Conor Fletcher also looked very comfortable in the sand and
these two are going to give their all at the national next
week. In third place was Luke Du Toit (also looking good),
closely followed by an in form Bradley Sullivan.
All these boys will be in PE and we will be there to give
them our FULL support.
Bo-Dene Scott mixed it with the boys in the 125cc
but took a big tumble in her first heat
Senior stream 2 was won by Byrone Billings. In second place
it was Haydon Hyper man Wood who showed the younger
boys a thing or two and James van Hinsbergen took the remaining
spot on the box. These guys had such fun and the streaming
system allowed for good competition within the group.
Haydon Hyper-man Wood earned second place in
stream 2 at Melkbos on Saturday 24 February
In senior stream 1, Anthony Raynard won both heats comfortably
and was determined to lap the field in heat 2. This he accomplished
just metres before the finish line. Dylan Stokes was the unfortunate
final victim and was powerless as he watched Raynard fly past.
Our prediction is that Anthony will win the MX 1 national
class this year. In third spot was Jan Ryan who is such an
accomplished rider if he can just work on his fitness
he can do really well. Other solid riders in this class
were Kevin Cassie, Alex Combrink, Terence Monk and Kevin Sangster.
Good luck to all our national contenders - we will be there
to support you.
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