Race Report: Orbis Racing
4 June 2015

Submitted by Orbis Racing
Published with Permission

Thrills and spills characterised our day at Rover but we all had a fantastic time. First of all, credos to the Rover MX club who, once again, showed us how to host a national. The track was brilliant, catering great, the atmosphere electric and logistics superb. As for our team – we relished the experience of taking on the best ‘motocrossers’ South Africa has to offer. Racing was intense; we had to dig deep but were happy to celebrate our efforts and our victories.
Lucca Mynhardt, our 50cc campaigner, had a mixed day. After recording almost the fastest lap time in practice, heat 1 saw him put the bike down 4 times. Coach Dean Hoffman settled him down after the race and in heat 2 we once again saw the Lucca we know. He led the race for 6 laps before slipping out and dropping into second place. There he remained until the flag. Overall, 6th for the day.

Lucca Mynhardt took second place in heat 2 - photo by Zygmund Brodalka

Next up was Justin Sangster in the 85cc SW. We always knew he was going to deliver the goods in PE and “the Sandman” didn’t let us down. He came through in a comfortable second place in heat 1 and was determined to do better in heat 2. However, after a shocking start and getting caught behind a few fallers in the holeshot corner, he had to work really hard. He got up to 3rd place relatively quickly and then executed a classic sand corner pass on the local favourite, Grant Hutton, in lap 4. Although he was running very similar times to the race leader, he was unable to mount much of a challenge for first place. This result moves Sangster into second place in the 85cc junior National Championship.

Justin Sangster scrapes his bars in the sand during heat 2 of the 85cc class

Ethan Coleman had to work hard in the mid pack of the combined class and secured a 7th overall in the 85cc SW class. Although not his best result, we must concede that he had a massive crash at the CT National, was concussed, so is not in peak condition yet. Well done for the sterling effort!!

Justin Sangster (left), flanked by race winner, Dalton Venter and third place, Grant Hutton

In the Pro mini class, Storm van den Heever showed great determination to run with the talented boys in this class. He posted very respectable times, but fitness was definitely an issue. This spirited young man is filled with courage and I know he will climb the ladder as we progress through the year. Brett Roberts, on his second outing to Rover, battled his way through the challenging conditions and drew on every fibre of muscle to race to the end.
If there was an award for courage and determination it would go to Brett who finished 10th overall in the class.
Well – what can I say – our blonde bomber, Bo-Dene Scott showed us how to do it in style. She took first place in both heats and after a great start in heat 2, I knew it was in the bag.

Bo-Dene Scott winds the throttle during heat 1 on Saturday - photo by Zygmund Brodalka

I have, on more than one occasion, intimated that this young lady is going to be the one to beat. Bo-dene aggressively attacked the thick sand, but was always in control of her 125cc machine. A brilliant result Bo-Dene - the team is so proud of you!!

Bo-Dene Scott is congratulated by her Dad, Andrew Scott, after winning the ladies class


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