Top honours for 8 year old Capetonian in the 2014 WOMZA Nationals.
11 September 2014

Published with Permission.
Written by Maps Racing.

Cape Town’s 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 back’s but through sheer determination John-Henri muscled on and came back with renewed vigour.

John-Henri’s 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-Henri’s 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 was excellent.

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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