Successful Ladies Development series kicks off another year!
01 April 2015

Written by Michelle Smith.
Photos by Carien Bresler.
Published with Permission.

Great start to another year for the Diamonds & Dirt Amateur Ladies Fun Race Series.

JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, 2015 – For the third year, MX SA’s ‘Diamonds & Dirt’ offers four rounds that gives ladies the opportunity to develop through a series of fun races by using a skill level ‘stepping stone’ system for them to learn. In association with Motorsport South Africa (MSA) and Women in Motorsport (WIM) the first event for 2015 kicked off on 29 March at Chestnut Hill with an incredible 27 ladies in attendance of varying age and skill level.

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- Diamonds & Dirt: Beginner Ladies
- Diamonds & Dirt: Intermediate & Advanced Ladies
- Diamonds & Dirt: Ladies Enduro

Chestnut Hill played offers great options for everyone with a flat track for beginners, a great senior MX track for intermediate and advanced and great little off road loop that we got a bit creative with for the ‘enduro’ part of the day. Ladies have the option to participate in either MX or Enduro but most ladies opt to do both.

Many of last year’s beginner ladies now moved up to the Intermediate group, so we welcomed a lot of new ladies to that group this year. In the MX it was quite a dice between the top three with young Lindie Barnard taking 1st with Benica Phillips in 2nd and Karen Neville in third.
In the beginners Enduro it was Karen Neville who this time took 1st with Lindie Barnard in 2nd and Liezel Barnard rounding off the top three.

The Intermediate group is a very exciting one this is where the bulk of the ladies now find themselves so the racing is quite incredible. They race with the Advanced Ladies in MX. It was young Leyah Bresler that stole the day with 2 incredible wins to take 1st overall. She really has put in some off season work having moved up from the beginner group last year. It was a close battle for second and third between Tanya Kioykas in who took second and Adel Pieroni who took third.
In the Intermediate Enduro, it was newcomer Angelique Lindeque on the Suzuki 450 that took 1st with Jennifer Neville taking 2nd and Leyah Bresler taking 3rd.

The Advance group is pure adrenaline from start to finish. These are the ladies that are there to work on their skills for racing and for the newer ladies to learn and move on to bigger races one day. Anais Steenkamp put in an incredible performance taking an easy 1st overall for the day. The young rider looked so comfortable on the track. Newcomer Hannah Foster blew everyone away with her abilities and took second and Samantha Speirs, all the way from Harrismith took third.
In the Advanced Enduro, not even the technical section we added for these ladies could slow them down. Another dice ensued between Adel Pieroni and Tanya Kioykas but this time Adel took first and Tanya second. Cathlene Roos took third.

Words cannot describe what an incredible day we had and we would like to thank all the ladies that took part, all the friends and family that came out to support and to everyone that helped, we can’t wait for the next round. Keep an eye on our Social Media and web sites for news for round two in the coming weeks.

Check out our Facebook Page for plenty of photo’s and the full results – Diamonds and Dirt.

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