Race Report: CTMX Club Championship
29 January 2015
Submitted by CTMX
Published with Permission
Clear blue skies and perfect weather conditions welcomed
the riders to the beautifully prepped track and surrounds
at Killarney last Saturday.
The atmosphere in the pits was relaxed, and yet there was
an air of anticipation and excitement as the 2015 MX season
was about to kick off.
Documentation was held on the newly installed deck
courtesy of the Rodger Family (FIREWERX) it will soon
be completed and will be adjacent to at least one of the containers
that have kindly been donated by Simon Ledgerwood.
Riders briefing was a jovial affair, and a number of new riders
were welcomed by the 2015 club chairman, Roy Pheiffer. Callie
Steyn, our chief marshal and assistant CoC was given his first
opportunity to run a full race day, and he did a fine job.
One can say that it has been a highly successful race meeting
when the only thing reported on the injury register is a bleeding
Practise got under way with riders being treated to a nice,
loamy track thanks to the copious amounts of water put down
by the water trucks. Thanks must go to Gavin Williams, Global
ASP, for sponsoring a second water truck for the day to ensure
that there was little to no dust.
There was only one newbie rider, Andrea Mynhardt, who bravely
mixed it with the 50cc Pro guys. He has certainly grown in
confidence and riding skill. The 50cc boys put on a great
show in all 3 heats, with the final heat of the day being
the most exciting as Lucca Mynhardt took the win, closely
followed by Krige Van der Merwe, Neil Van der Vyver and Liam
Lambert, who battled it out right to the chequered flag. Reinier
Van der Merwe had a good start to the day but had to retire
after his clutch went.
Determined 50cc riders battle it out on the Killarney track
photo by Zigi Brodalka
The VMX class is starting to grow in numbers and the chaps
had a good time out on the track. Those bikes may be vintage
but they sure can go! The riders really enjoy the Killarney
track design as well.
The 65cc and 85cc juniors are all solid riders, having ridden
and competed from very young. It is rewarding to see such
development in these classes these are, after all,
the riders of the future. There were some great dices within
this class Ike Klaassen and Calum Marriott fought it
out right to the end, with Calum finding the extra bit of
power in the 85cc to pip Ike on the line. Ike Klaassen won
the 65cc class for the day, with Sebastian Wood second and
John-Henri Vaughan, participating in his first 65cc race,
taking third place.
Justin Sangster and Ethan Coleman motor into the holeshot
corner, with Max Ledgerwood and Calum Marriott hot on their
heels photo by Zigi Brodalka
Justin Sangster, Ethan Coleman and Calum Marriott, all members
of the Orbis Racing Team, finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
Heat 1 of the Pro Mini/ 125cc class was, without a doubt,
one of the most exciting races in a long time. The commentators
were falling over themselves and spectators lined the fence,
as they watched Justin Sangster challenge the 125cc riders.
After stalling the bike on the start, Sangster chased down
the older boys, and by the end of the first lap was in 4th
place overall. He slowly but surely caught up to Bradley Sullivan,
keeping him under pressure, until he was able to make a move
into second place on the penultimate lap. Sullivan was not
going to be outdone, and kept fighting all the way, managing
to use the extra power of the 125cc to get past Sangster a
few corners from the flag. Matt Van Galen took first place
for the day, with Sullivan second, and Leslie Holmes, who
rode a fantastic 2nd heat, in third place in the 125cc Class.
A determined Bradley Sullivan fought till the end in the
Pro Mini/ 125cc race photo by Zigi Brodalka
Justin Sangster took first place in the Pro mini class, with
an improved Brett Roberts in second and Max Ledgerwood, racing
on his brand new Husqavarna in third place.
The Stream 2 class is always well supported, with riders borrowing
bikes to ensure that they get to race. There are always lots
of individual battles within this class. Mark Guy has really
upped his game and finished a worthy first in both heats.
Byrone Billings, one of the senior statesman of
CTMX, who really enjoys his sport, took second place overall
with Michael Caldwell finishing third.
The Stream 1a class, for the faster riders, was dominated
by Anthony Raynard. Dylan Stokes and Kevin Cassie had a ding
dong battle at the start of heat 1, with neither rider giving
an inch. Luke Du Toit, out on the 250cc for the first time,
got better and better as the day went on and will surely be
a force to be reckoned with in the not too distant future.
Luke Du Toit on his 250cc Yamaha, is cheered on by a fellow
Nian Du Toit, on his 450cc, did himself proud in his first
ever stream 1 race and finished in top spot for the day in
Stream 1b. Leslie Holmes rode like a champ, finishing second,
with newcomer, Mark Labuschagne, taking third.
At the well attended prize giving, riders were thrilled to
receive their number boards gold, silver and bronze.
A huge thank you to the class sponsors for their generous
The next CTMX race at Killarney is scheduled for February
14th (to be confirmed). Check the CTMX website for details.
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