Tanoshi Racing Team Post Report - Killarney
29 September 2014

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Submitted by Tanoshi Racing Team

Race Report on the Inaugural MX Club Race at the newly refurbished Killarney Circuit

This past weekend was the first Inaugural club race held at Killarney Motor Cross Track, after it had been abandoned 8 years ago. With the help of a generous few and the helping hand from the CTMX club members, Killarney Motor Cross Track was resurrected from the dead! This was the brain child of Mark Sangster, & with the help of Dean Hoffman they persevered while others possibly wrote them off! Today we must thank them and the people who contributed to this mammoth task, as it hosted one of the most memorable races so far this year, with lots of interest being shown from spectators & ex Motor crosser’s, coming down witness the Inaugural event. The action was non-stop and the feedback on the new track excellent!! This all boosts well for the future of Motocross in the Western Cape!

Firstly we had the 50cc class that always steals the hearts of the spectators! The 50cc Pro and Newbie’s was combined to race one race and it worked out well in the end. Tanoshi Rider Krige van der Merwe #11 got a second overall in the pro class and showed that consistent riding does pay off. Liam Lambert #300 had a bad day after qualifying second and only one second off John Henry’s pace finished 5th for the day. A high speed crash in the second heat took him out of contention and after the medics checked him out he was allowed to continue and finish the heat. He did not feel comfortable on the bike and missed out on the 3rd heat. Renier van der Merwe #222 got a second place overall in the Newbie class and shows great style and determination riding his new 50sx. It is a must to see this boy ride, as he is only 5 years old and his legs cannot even touch the ground properly when he stops. He is a rider to watch out for in the future and always a crowd favourite.

Sebastian Wood loving it on the 65cc

In the 65cc class Sebastian Wood #111 got an overall 4th place. In the second heat he had a chain guide issue and eventually did finish the race. He is really starting to develop his skills on the 65cc and will be a strong contender in this class next season. He loves the big jumps and soon will be clearing most of them! I wonder if his dad can still keep up with him?.
The 85cc class it was Max Ledgerwood # 7 who kept Tanoshi on the podium as he took a solid 3rd place overall. This boy is still only 10 years old and he rides the 85 well. He has a good off-road back ground and it really shows how he rides this new Killarney track. I believe he will excel next season and will be competing for the top spot locally. A sore loss, not to have our other 85cc rider on the line due to injury Chris Erasmus # 95 heal up soon buddy.

Haydon Wood killing it!!

In Stream 2 it was Haydon Wood #856 (Senior Support) overall 4th & Reinhardt Van Der Merwe #362 overall 7th (Senior Support), both putting in solid performances during the day & enjoying the tracks layout immensely.
In Stream 1A – It was the young talented Dylan Stokes who kept the Tanoshi Flag flying high, after setting the second fastest qualifying lap in practice; he had his work cut out for him. In the first heat he managed a solid 3rd place after a few electrical issues with his bike, behind Caleb Tennant & Anthony Raynard. Heat 2 was a repeat of the first, & another 3rd, giving him a podium spot & 3rd overall for the day. We were also missing our Stream 1B rider Darryn Jones #12, due to prior commitments.
We would just like to thank our sponsors Indy Oil, CPR, Dirt Rider, E2R & the Tanoshi Racing Team all our supporters! Thanks to CTMX, Medics & Marshals.
We Look forward to the next event in October 2014.

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