Post Race 8 Report – Killarney

Cape Town was welcoming as always. And the two Capetonian members truly showed how to go around the Killarney track ….Jacques (#70) and Rob (#78) made it look so easy! Rob took the third overall position and winning class A for the day, and Jacques took the fourth overall position for the day and was second in class A. So far, that is the best overall positions for both of them, since they became members of the Club. Well done!! The 3rd spot in class A was taken by Jaco Gous (#43), the current leader of this class.

Graeme van Breda (#1) and Sven Grune (#66) showed why they have been crowned champions in previous years, by each winning a race. Sven took the overall for the day, and also the Class B win, Graeme was second, with Ian Harwood (#24) taking his second, third place in class B for the year. It was a good day for Guy Didcott (#88)  at the track taking the 4th overall place.

Pieter de Vos (#17) had an unfortunate incident in heat 1, and the overall win for the day in class C was grabbed up by Johan le Roux (#44) which now has moved him up in this class’s championship to second to date. This is going to make the upcoming Zwartkops event very interesting, since Teddy Brooke (#93) had to sit out for the Killarney event, but he will surely fight to get his second place back in the championship of class C. JB Schoeman (#23) (Toppie) took the second place in class C, wow man this made him smile from ear to ear, and well deserved as well. Some good news for the de Vos brothers, Hannes (#15) took the third place on the podium.

Sifiso Themba (#63) got rider of the day, and that’s not all!!! On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup Club, we would like to congratulate Sifiso on his appointment on the Board of Directors of MSA (Motorsport South Africa). We are proud to have you in our midst and wish you the best of luck with this endeavor, we thank you for your willingness to serve and give a voice to all in the motorcycle racing fraternity.

 The results at Killarney looked like this:

  1st 2nd 3rd
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) Graeme van Breda (#1) Rob Cragg (#78)
Masters Rob Cragg (#78) Jacques Ackerman (#70) Jaco Gous (#43)
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) Graeme van Breda (#1) Ian Harwood (#24)
Extreme Veterans Johan le Roux (#44) JB Schoeman (#23) Hannes de Vos (#15)

Our next and final event ҉ for this year is on 20 October at the Big Z (Zwartkops).

See you there!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

 

Post Race 7 Report – Zwartkops

 Mother Nature can be very harsh and it feels as if she likes to hit us with the worst on race days! The wind not only blew us around, it was also savagely cold, not a pleasant day at all. No matter the conditions, it is the same for all the riders and the racing was great. With Sven Grüne (#66) once again taking the double win for the day!! Brian Bontekoning (#16) had a dismal start in race 1, that resulted in some very abrasive racing tactics from his side to make up for lost track and very spectacular viewing from the side. Earning him the trophy for rider of the day, congratulation Brian! He also managed to win his class in both races. An unfortunate clutch problem for Sifiso Themba (#63) resulted in a DNF for him in race one, but he was back in race 2 to finish the day on a high note. With the track being so cold there was no hope of any lap records being broken, and the lap times were in the low 1.04’s for the front runners. Maybe we are going to see the lap record broken at our next event at Zwartkops, one never know what can happen on a race day.

This exciting event will be broadcast on Ignition TV shortly. Catch all our previous events on YouTube by searching for Red Square ZX10 Masters Cup.

Our penultimate event of the year is on 22 September at Killarney raceway in Cape Town. Start planning as it is a long weekend and one can easily make a short holiday of it.

The results for the Zwartkops event were as follow:

  1st 2nd 3rd
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) Graeme van Breda (#1) Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22)
Masters Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) Jaco Gous (#43) Jonty Collard (#11)
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) Graeme van Breda (#1) Sanjiv Singh (#12)
Extreme Veterans Brian Bontekoning (#16) Pieter de Vos (#17) Teddy Brooke (#93)

And a big thank to our sponsors: Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square.

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Race – Port Elizabeth

It was a brutal, savage, cruel, nasty, atrocious, (call it what you want) weekend in Port Elizabeth, to say the least, and it was much worse than that! The rain, wind and cold had definitely made a pack to bring us the worst weekend weather-wise ever. Starting a race in the pouring rain is really not funny. Apart from the conditions the riders also had to deal with visors that are steaming up, riding on wets, which they are not used to, and rain dripping down your spine… Really!!!

But race, we raced. And again a big congratulation to Sven Grüne (66) who won both races in Port Elizabeth, and still leading the Overall and Veterans championships!

But the hero of the day was the superbalistic Jonty Collard (#11)!! Can this man ride in the rain!! Not sure if it’s his motocross experience or if he is just a rain-natural! Well done Jonty!! His best finish ever since he joined the ZX10 Masters Cup. And a well-deserved “Rider of the day” trophy for Jonty and a second place in his Class. Another rider finishing with his personal best, is Ian Harwood (#24), the Bridgestone man, finishing 3rd in his Class.

Some unfortunate incidents for Ruan Oberholster (#34), Wayne Spicer (#90) and Michael Smit (#49) and Jason Lamb (#46) resulted in them not finishing the day.

The results for Port Elizabeth were as follow:

 

  1st   2nd   3rd  
Overall Sven Grüne (#66)   Jade Gudzeit (#20)   Graeme van Breda (#1)  
Masters  Jade Gudzeit (#20)   Jonty Collard (#11)   Jaco Gous (#43)  
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66)     Graeme van Breda (#1)    Ian Harwood (#24)  
Extreme
Veterans
 Pieter de Vos (#17)    Johan le Roux (#44)    Teddy Brooke (#93)  

 

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank our sponsors: Bridgestone, Kawasaki, Red Square and Algoa Motorsport Club for hosting the event in Port Elizabeth.

We will see you at the Big Z (Zwartkops) on 18 August!!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Post Race 4 Report: Zwartkops

Congratulations to Sven Grüne (#66) who won both races at Zwartkops, now leading the Overall and
Veterans championships! We are almost reaching the halfway mark on this season’s racing calendar and
the battles are fierce for the championship spots.

There was plenty of action between Jaco Gous (#43), his brother-in-law Michael Smit (#49), Jonty Collard
(#11), Johan le Roux (#44) and Appanna Ganapathy (#77). They were all in the running for that fourth
spot overall, with Pieter de Vos (#17) having an unfortunate incident on lap 3 of race 1. He made up for
it in the second race though, and managed to stay second for a couple of laps, before being overtaken
by Graeme van Breda (#1), making big strides to catch Sven.

What an excellent finish by Jacques Ackerman (#70), only his third time out at Zwartkops and finishing
his best ever position in the series in eleventh place, with consistent lap times in the 1.07’s. Greg
Bezuidenhout (#10) and Wayne Spicer (#90) finished only 0.03 seconds from each other. Lower down in
the pack another group of riders made life difficult for each other with very similar lap times. Ian
Harwood (#23), Pelo Seate (#80), Sifiso Themba (#63) and Ruan Oberholster (#34) battled to overtake
each other, and had a race of their own within the race!

The results for Zwartkops were as follow:

Overall: 1st ​Sven Grüne​(#66)                   2ndGraeme van Breda (#1) ​​  3rd Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22)
Class A: 1st Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) ​​2nd Jaco Gous (#43)             ​ 3rd Michael Smith (#49)
Class B: 1st Sven Grüne (#66) ​                  2nd​​ Graeme van Breda (#1) 3rd Greg Bezuidenhout (#10)
Class C: 1stJohan le Roux (#44)               2nd Teddy Brooke (#93)​​       3rd Rodney Mclachlan (#42) 

The Rider of the day was Michael Smit (#49), finishing 5 th overall, his best position since he started racing
in the ZX10 Masters Cup and he also took 3 rd in the Masters class.

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank our sponsors:
Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square.

We will see you in East London on 16 June and in Port Elizabeth on 14 July!
Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Extreme Festival – Post Race 3 Report: Phakisa

“That was a very lekker race weekend” to quote Jonty Collard (#11). We all had fun, and an “away race”
for the Gauteng crowd always gives us the opportunity to spend some social time with our fellow riders.
Maybe that’s what made the weekend lekker!

On the track, Graeme van Breda (#1) ran into some engine problems on Friday, and Ian Harwood (#23),
the Bridgestone man, offered his bike to Graeme, as not racing would mean the end of Graeme’s
championship for the entire year. What a great sportsman, Ian you are! And Graeme prooved that it is all
about talent. Having some setup issues for sure, but he didn’t give Sven Grüne an inch of the tar. Sven
had to work just as hard as always and they put up a great show. We all held our breath for both races.
Just to give you an idea of how close it was, the total time was 27.42.469 for Sven and 27.42.667 for
Graeme; it was as close as two coats of paint! Sjoe!

Ruan Oberholser (#34) had a tumble in qualifying, but still finished both races, well done Ruan. Bonti
(#16) had a dismal start in race 1; this didn’t hinder him from ending third in his class. Wayne Spicer
(#90) took the rider of the day trophy, his hard work is paying off and riding two different categories at
each event, is not easy at all, but Wayne is getting super bike fit and teaching a lot of the younger
generation in the other categories a thing or two. Wayne is also the current leader in the overall Sub10
Superbike championship and the leader of Class A in that championship.

Sanjiv Singh (#12) loved the track and described it as one of the best tracks in South Africa. It was Sifiso
Themba’s (#63) first time racing at Phakisa and he said he is learning new things at every event. And a
big thumbs up to Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) for taking the class win for the masters, with Jaco Gous
(#43) second and Appanna Ganapathy (#77) in third place.

Pelo (#80) being his home track gave it all that includes a Win in the Bridgestone Challenge.

The results for Phakisa were as follow:

Overall: Sven Grüne (#66) Graeme van Breda (#1) Gareth Bezuidenhout(#22)
Masters: Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) Jaco Gous (#43) Appanna Ganapathy (#77)
Veterans: Sven Grüne (#66) Graeme van Breda(#1) Sanjiv Singh (#12)
Extreme Veterans: Pieter de Vos (#17) Teddy Brooke (#93) Brian Bontekoning (#16)

For the Points table log click here

I can assure you no other racing in South Africa can be compared to the racing of the ZX10 Masters Cup,
if you ever have an opportunity to attend one of their races, do yourself a favor.

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank our sponsors:
Bridgestone, Kawasaki, and Red Square and a sincere thank you to everybody at Extreme Festival, the
Marshalls and the medical personnel, without you we cannot race.
We will see you at the track!
Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Motorsport Festival – Race 2 Report

Gauteng was blessed with rain as from the Wednesday before our race at Kyalami! More rain fell in a span of 48 hours than had fallen in the previous two months of the rainy season. So we had to dust of the wet tyres, unlucky for riders, such as Sanjiv (#12), we never got to use the wets. I have to agree with Sanjiv though; a wet race will be interesting. With the rain flooding the track, Friday practice was impossible. The marshals’ tried their best to sweep the water away, but Mother Nature won the battle. So we woke up on Saturday and the clouds were in our favor, the sun came out and it was a perfect day for racing.

Sven Grüne (#66) and Graeme van Breda (#1) once again fought for the first place with everything inside of them. It was an epic race to see, not knowing who will be coming out of the corner first. Jaco Gous (#43) once again showing that he is a strong contender this year, taking the 3rd place in race 1. Pieter de Vos (#17) got his rhythm back in race 2 and secured the 3rd place overall in race 2.
Brian Bontekoning (#16) got the shortest stick for the day, and fell on the last corner of lap one race 1. He picked the bike up and got back on the track, the broken gear selector had no plans of finishing the race, but Brian was back for race 2.

The ZX10 Club welcomed three new riders for this event being: Guy Didcott (#88), Rob Cragg (#78) and Ruan Oberholster (#34). They were not intimidated by this at all and they seemed as if they have always been part of the family. Rob finished 5th in his class, Guy 6th and Ruan 7th.
Racing at the great Kyalami racetrack was fierce throughout the pack, with some winners and some losers. The track was super-fast and riders did low 1minute 52 seconds. Peter Clark (#64) took rider of the day for finishing 7 places higher than where he qualified. The excitement of race 1 was one to many for Andre van Vollenstee (#82) and Greg Bezuidenhout (#10) who both jumped the red light! Andre took the holeshot and Paul Blackburn (RacePics) got a priceless photo of Andre looking back at the other riders behind him. What a view! The 30 second penalty is harsh but lessons need to be learned!

The crowd went wild when the bikes came out for race two; it was a sight and noise to be heard on pit lane. We all had goosebumps.
How can you not love racing……?

It all ended like this:

Overall: 1st Graeme van Breda (#1)​2nd Sven Grüne​(#66)​​3rd Pieter de Vos (#17)
Class A: 1st Jaco Gous (#43) ​​2nd Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) ​3rd Jonty Collard (#11)
Class B: 1st Graeme van Breda (#1)​2nd Sven Grüne (#66)​​3rd Sanjiv Singh (#12)
Class C: 1st Pieter de Vos (#17)​​2nd Teddy Brooke (#93)​​3rd Johan le Roux (#44)

Zwartkops: Annual Passion for Speed – Race 1 Report

There is no better way to start the racing season of, than at the annual Passion for Speed, held at Zwartkops Raceway.

It was a hot summer’s day, and the racing was even hotter. Sven Grüne (#66) and Graeme van Breda (#1) was fiercely fighting for that first overall place for the day, again, with only more than a second between then at the end!  This year will also see them fighting for the first place in the veterans class, since Graeme has now moved up from the masters class. Third overall was taken by Pieter de Vos (#17), we hope to see a lot more of Pieter this year, as he was unable to complete in some of the races last year.

The masters class is open for the taking this year to Jaco Gous (#43) and Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22). With Jaco taking rider of the year last year, having a lot to prove this year, and Gareth who is a very committed and focused rider. Gareth will not allow Jaco to run away with it that easily. Michael Smit (#49) is on their heels and he might be the quiet one, but do not under estimate him, now lying third in the masters’ championship. Jacques Ackerman (#70) is the newest rider in the master pack, all the way from the Cape, he has a lot to learn about the Gauteng tracks, but he will get there.

Sanjiv Singh (#12), the rider form KZN, took 3rd in the Veterans class, just behind Graeme and the leader Sven. Sanjiv makes meticulous notes about all of the tracks and it did not take him long to master the Gauteng tracks, maybe he could take Jacques under his wing.

The extreme veteran class was won by Pieter and 2nd in that class was Brian Bontekoning (#16), the crowd’s favorite, as he also took rider of the day! Don’t forget about the usually suspects in this class, Teddy Brooke(#93) and the legends of the ZX10 Masters Cup, they have been part of the Club since it started. And they are forever present, Johan le Roux (#44), Andre van Vollenstee (#82), Stewie Christie (#65), Stuart Russel (#83), Rodney McLachlan (#42) and JB Schoeman (#23); you cannot miss his laugh from a mile away.

But, there is always a but. There are no less than 3 new riders who will be joining in the fun at the next event. And yes, it is a big one at the proudly South African track, which can only be Kyalami on the 24th March 2018. We are already rubbing our hands together in anticipation! See you there!