Race Report: CTMX Round 2
17 March 2014
Published with Permission
Submitted by CTMX
Some brilliant performances where delivered at round 2 of
the CTMX club championship on Saturday 8 March at the Melkbos
MX track. Before we venture into the details of the racing,
it must be stated that there is some amazing talent coming
through in almost all of the classes. CTMX is the second largest
participating region in the WOMZA national series and with
round 2 taking place in their back yard, some surprises are
bound to pop up. Chad Pheiffer a fitness trainer, has joined
forces with local coach Dean Hoffman, who has been working
hard with a number of contenders.
In the 50cc junior class Liam Lambert made his intentions
known by dominating the racing lines and running very respectable
times. He did not make it onto the podium though as bike failure
tackled him in heat 2. First was Neil Van der Vyver, second
went to Liam Lambert, and in third place it was little Reinier
Van der Merwe. Newcomer, Tristan Wilhelm bravely took on the
boys in his first ever full race.
In the 50cc Pro senior class, John Henri Vaughan has found
some form and ran some very good times around the circuit.
With a good starting technique he may very well be able to
pull one back at his home track in a months time. He will
need to spend as much time as possible in the thick sand.
In second spot and somewhat off the pace, it was Hennie Roux
and third was Krige Van der Merwe. Just behind him was Kyle
Bremer, who is showing some great potential and we cant
wait to see him in the 65cc class he has a brilliant
riding style and is sure to be a front runner next year.
It is always exciting to watch the battle between Ethan Coleman
and Ike Klaassen. There is less than a second between these
two on any good day, but Saturday went to Klaassen, who was
determined to prove that he could run with Coleman who got
third spot at the National. In third place was Calum Marriott
who must now start working on jumping if he is to challenge
the class leaders.
In the 85cc class, Justin Sangster was on a mission and spared
no effort in destroying the rest of the field. He rode aggressively
and demonstrated great resolve in setting new track records.
Chris Erasmus came in second and Max Ledgerwood took third.
In heat 1 of the Pro mini class, there was a titanic battle
between Justin Sangster and Chad Homan. Only one second per
lap separated these two and Sangster made a classic pass on
Homan in the penultimate lap. He could not make it stick though
and Homan snuck past on the outside in the next corner. Homan
won the heat by less than a second. Homan unfortunately had
to retire with bike problems, so first place went to Justin
Sangster, second to Jason Du Toit and third to Homan.
Justin Sangster clears the big table top jump at Melkbos
Cape Town has an amazing crop of 125cc riders. There was
a ding dong battle between Matt Van Galen and Conor Fletcher
for first and second place and yet another between Luke Du
Toit and Bradley Sullivan for third and fourth. Matt won heat
1 but put it down twice in heat 2. Overall, Fletcher first,
Van Galen second and Du Toit third. Bradley Sullivan was less
than a second behind Du Toit and is showing huge pace and
Bradley Sullivan, 72, gave Luke Du Toit, 101, a run for
his money in the 125cc class
In stream 1(a) it was Anthony Raynard who cleaned up. Second
was Dylan Stokes, who put the bike down a few times so he
going to have to work on his consistency ahead of the National.
Third was Kevin Cassie who is riding so well of late. In stream
1(b) the top slot went to Brian Carstens, second to Gavin
Smith and third to Carl Mohr, who is showing improvement by
the week. In stream 2 there was some exciting racing again,
with very close racing both up front and down the field. Byrone
Billings ended on top of the box, with second place going
to Haydon Wood and third went to Mark Guy.
Kevin Cassie is in fine form and ready to take on the MX
2 riders at the Cape Town national in April
The next race is on 5 April, which is also round 2 of the
Coastal Challenge where the PE and EL guys descend upon Cape
Town for a competition of note.
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