Top honours for 8 year old
Capetonian in the 2014 WOMZA Nationals.
11 September 2014
Published with Permission.
Written by Maps Racing.
Cape Towns 8 year old 50cc Pro Class rider John-Henri
Vaughan has managed to clinch the 3rd overall position in
the WOMZA 2014 National Season. John-Henri has come back from
a serious injury in 2013 breaking his tibia and fibula in
a race at Zone 7 putting him out of contention for almost
7 months in total. The Injury has not been an easy one for
an 8 year old boy and had one or two set backs but through
sheer determination John-Henri muscled on and came back with
John-Henris 2014 national season did not start off
the way it was planned with the first national in Port Elizabeth.
The first heat got under way with John-Henri still in the
pit area getting ready to go out. John-Henri started with
one lap behind and still managed a very respectable 4th position
for the day but missed the third position and podium with
a few points. Not how we planned it but the Job was done!
For the second national we were back in Cape Town at John-Henris
home track. John-Henri held the lap record on the new 50cc
track and did 1 min flat a few weeks in a race prior to the
National. John-Henri was a bit off pace on the day and did
not manage to get to his personal best time in any of the
3 heats. He still walked away with a third overall position.
For the third national we were back at Teza in Richardsbay
Kwazulu-Natal, one of the most beautiful tracks and scenery
in SA. The track was quite challenging in the first two heats.
For the third heat the track conditions was perfect and the
racing that followed was superb. John-Henri managed a third
position and a podium spot after riding like a true champ.
The second last national for 2014 was in East London. JH
started off a bit slow in the first two heats taking his time
to learn the track. In heat 3 John-Henri went out the starting
gates like a rocket and got the hole shot. John-Henri also
here managed a third overall position and podium spot.
The last and final round took place at Syringa in Muldersdrift
Gauteng. John-Henri has never ridden the track but had a comfortable
lead in front of the 4th position contender in the championship.
The game plan was to go out have fun and stay on two wheels.
After heat 2 the top 3 positions in the championship was
confirmed. Heat 3 John-Henri went out just to have fun and
manage a 4th position.
John-Henri walked away with the 3rd overall position for
2014. It has been a challenging year getting back after the
accident last year with a lot of hard work and a couple of
bumps in the road, we had a lot of fun and the competition
We would like to thank , MAPS Racing, KTM Cpt and Oset
CPT for all the support.
Next year John-Henri will be participating in the 65 class
and we are looking forward to the Challenge and the Competition!
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