East London Annual BMSC Motorcycle Race Day

Friday 26th April 2019 – Official Practice

Practice 1 Fri 10:40am
Practice 2 Fri 11:40am
Practice 3 Fri 14:40

Saturday 27th April 2019 – Race Day

Qualifying Sat 9:35am
Race 1 Sat 12:05am
Race 2 Sat 14:45pm

Competing Riders:

East London 27 April 2019

Surname Name Race # Class 1

1 Collard Jonty 11 A
2 Bontekoning Brian 16 C
3 Robinson Kyle 18 A
4 Jackson Gareth 21 A
5 Bezuidenhout Gareth 22 A
6 Harwood Ian 24 B
7 Niewenhuys Dale 27 A
8 Rohrbeck Carl 36 C
9 Van Breda Graeme 41 B
10 Gous Jaco 43 A
11 Le Roux Johan 44 C
12 Marais Abrie 48 A
13 Smit Michael 49 A
14 Morf Rob 55 A
15 Themba Sifiso 63 A
16 Schuiling Henk 69 C
17 Preller Colin 79 C
18 Spicer Wayne 90 B
19 Brooke Teddy 93 C
20 Ogle Clifford 95 A

2017 Records

2018 Race Winner: 

 

Graeme Van Breda

Best Lap:

1:21.695

Graeme Van Breda 

Average Speed (km/h) 

 

Average Speed (km/h)

The Grand Prix

History – East London Grand Prix Circuit

The interest in motor racing was ignited in the early 1930s after the municipality had constructed a circular road on the West Bank of East London.

Mr. Brud Bishop, the motoring editor of the local newspaper, The Daily Dispatch, took a Sunday drive around the route and the idea sprung to mind to hold a race there.

His ideal position at the Dispatch allowed him all the right contacts and, as he was born in England and had started his working career there, entries were soon being received from abroad, as well as around the country.

Read more…

Pre Race 3 – East London

Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup – Pre Race 3 Report East London

With Graeme van Breda (#41) leading the overall championship at the moment, we are heading to our first coastal event for the year, the breathtaking seaside track East London, hosted by Border Motorsport Club. With the extra power the coastal air adds to your bike, the riders are always eager to leave Gauteng and are looking forward to spend the weekend of 26 & 27 April at the beach. This time around we will have an all bike event, included in the line-up are some of the local talent, the Bridgestone Superbike category and the Supermotards of the Superbike Magazine short circuit series. So if you are a motorcycle fanatic, like we are, better you get yourself to the track this coming weekend. We will be there as from Thursday for a track-day, Friday is practice and Saturday the races!

So talking about the racing, my eyes will be glued to the second place battle, because there are 3 riders who are in an all-out battle for this position, but these three riders are also fighting it out for the Masters Class championship. Jonty Collard (#11), Jaco Gous (#43) and Michael Smit (#49) is really stepping up this year and they have been working themselves up from being top ten riders to being the leaders in the Red Square ZX10 Masters Cup. Interesting enough all three of them come from the off road scene, and they have also ridden in the Motard series some time or the other.

But let’s just bring things into perspective, the crowd pleaser Brian Bontekoning (#16) has entered for this event, and we all know that he is a top three finisher himself, he is certainly going to upset these three riders. Another but, is the comeback for this event! Kyle Robinson (#18) has rejoined the Club and yes you remember correctly, he is also a top three finisher and also in the Master’s Class championship.

But we have a train of “new” riders who have joined from the start of the season, and we have no idea of their talents at tracks we have not visited yet this year, such as East London. Talking about new riders, we welcome to the ZX10 family Carl Rohrbeck (#36), a very welcome Carl! Carl hanged up his racing boots for a while, but he kept on riding, and is now hungry to get back to the racing.

Gareth (Action) Jackson (#21), Colin Preller (#79), Rob Morf (#55) and Clifford Ogle (#95) are riders to watch as being “new” we do not know what they could surprise us with on the day. Do not forget about Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22), a very determined rider and he is sure to be top 3. Sounds like a lot who are usual top 3 contenders, only Saturday, 27 April will give us the answers; it is going to be an epic race!

With the top 3 Extreme Veteran Class riders not being able to attend this event, it gives an opportunity to Johan le Roux (#44), Henk Schuiling (#69) (back after a 6 month break), and Teddy Brooke (#93) to cash in on some points to climb up the leaderboard.

Going to the 3rd event of the year the points look as follow:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Graeme van Breda(#41) 100 Jonty Collard (#11) 60 Michael Smit (#49) & Jaco Gous (#43) 58
Masters Jonty Collard (#11) 76 Jaco Gous (#43) 72 Michael Smit (#43) 72
Veterans Graeme van Breda(#41) 100 Greg Bezuidenhout (#10) 80 Wayne Spicer (#90) 64
Extreme Veterans Stewie Christi (#65) 76 Andre van Vollenstee (#82) 74 Rodney McLachlan (#42) 50

 

On behalf of all the members of the ZX10 Masters Cup we would like to thank everybody involved that made this event happen and also our main sponsors: Bridgestone, Kawasaki and Red Square.

See you on the beach!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

Round 1: Zwartkops Race – Schedule 3rd February 2019

Thursday 31st January 2019  – Official Practice

Practice 1 Thu 8:40am
Practice 2 Thu 9:40am
Practice 3 Thu 10:40am

Sunday 3rd February 2019 – Race Day

Warm-Up Sun 9:40am
Qualifying Sun 11:00am
Race 1 Sun 12:30am
Race 2 Sun 14:10

Competing Riders:

Surname Name Race # Class

1 Bezuidenhout Greg 10 B
2 Collard Jonty 11 A
3 Jackson Gareth 21 A
4 Bezuidenhout Gareth 22 A
5 Harwood Ian 24 B
6 Potgieter Morne 25 A
7 Fritz Lafras 28 B
8 Oberholster Ruan 34 A
9 Van Breda Graeme 41 B
10 McLachlan Rodney 42 C
11 Gous Jaco 43 A
12 Le Roux Johan 44 C
13 Smit Michael 49 A
14 Morf Rob 55 A
15 Themba Sifiso 63 A
16 Clark Peter 64 C
17 Christie Stewie 65 C
18 Schuiling Henk 69 C
19 Ackermann Jacques 70 A
20 Ganapathy Appanna 77 A
21 Preller Colin 79 C
22 Van Vollenstee Andre 82 C
23 Russel Stuart 83 C
24 Spicer Wayne 90 B
25 Brooke Teddy 93 C

2018 Records

2018 Round 1 Race Winner:  

 

Sven Grune

Best Lap (2011):

1:03.549

Steward McLeod

Average Speed (km/h)  

 

Average Speed (km/h)145.4km/h

The Grand Prix

Zwartkops race track is an undulating road circuit 2,4 kilometres long circulated in a clock-wise direction. It has been designed to FIA/FIM International standards for racing vehicles of all categories with the exception of Formula One and Moto GP.
The track has a width of 10 metres over its entire length with the starting straight past the Pits, 12 metres wide. The run off areas and safety measures were designed utilising the speed profile of vehicles which can achieve lap times as low as 55 seconds.
Zwartkops can be categorised as a short circuit which has 8 corners of which three are fast and challenging and one corner being a 180 degree hairpin. Overtaking opportunities are good with 3 corners offering overtaking under braking.
Zwartkops is a “technical circuit” with three of the corners having compound radii, and the track has been designed to enable competent competitors achieve fast lap times.”

Welcome to 2019, Zwartkops Round 1

Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup – Race 1 Report (Pre-Zwartkops 03 Feb)

How nice was the holidays!! So bliss…. No waking up early to go to the track, no noise of revving engines, no excitement…just peace and quiet. But who wants to live like that? Not the ZX10 Masters Cup riders, I can assure you! They were wishing the bliss holiday away, because they want to try the new Bridgestone R11 tyres, which is the newest set of rubber in town!!  Those who have tried it are raving about them, there are a few setup changes and it is going to take some getting used to, but that is part of the challenge.

To kick-off the season, we are at the Day of the Champions on Sunday 3 February 2019, at Zwartkops Raceway. It is going to be an all bike day, how cool is that! With bikes on the main track and on the short circuit.

We have some new members, whom we are honored to have in our midst, most of them moving over from the Bridgestone categories. If you attended previous Extreme Festivals’ the names will be all too familiar to you, Gareth Jackson (#21), Morne Potgieter (#25), Lafras Fritz (#28) and Rob Morf (#55), moving over to ZX10. Then we also welcome to our ZX10 family Colin Preller (#79), so nice to meet new people. And a big welcome back to all the members from last year! Graeme van Breda (#41) is back with his eyes set on the title of overall Champion of the ZX10 Masters Cup, Jaco Gous is also back to defend his 2018 title of the Master’s class. And who will be the rider of this year, Jonty Collard took that honors in 2018. And will Andre van Vollenstee defend his title of 2018 as Jump Starter of the year, which was epic! I can still see it in my mind, Andre leading the pack of Kawasaki’s to turn 1 of Kyalami!! With some of the riders taking a breather this year, or exploring other avenues, the championships are up for grabs and we can’t wait for the rims to start rolling.

Make a note in your diaries of our race dates, as you do not want to miss any of the action this year!

2019 Event dates:

03 Feb – Zwartkops         09 March – Zwartkops     27 April – East London

08 June – Phakisa           20 July – Red Star           17 Aug – Midvaal

28 Sept – Cape Town       19 Oct – Zwartkops         16 Nov – Port Elizabeth

 

We will be where you see the Red Square and Bridgestone flags!

 

Lynette & Sifiso (#63)

Pre Race 9 – Zwartkops

And so another great, majestic and thrilling season comes to an end for the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup riders. The final round for 2018 will be at our home track, the Big Z (Zwartkops) on 20 October and what a great way to end the year! Sven Grüne (#66) looks set to be the overall champion for the year, it will be his second overall win, as he wore this crown in 2016 as well. But anything can happen in racing, as we all know and be rest assured Graeme (#1) will fight up until the checkered flag as he still has a chance on retaining his title. Sven has been consistent throughout the year, and had no reliability issues with his bike at all while Graeme’s season was full of ups and down as you all saw at Cape Town with that massive save when his damper broke during heat 1. Good luck for the race Sven & Graeme, and so to all the other riders! We can expect some action for the fight over the 7th and 8th overall places as Johan le Roux (#44) is only 10 points behind Teddy Brooke (#93) and Michael Smit (#49) is 2 points behind Johan.

In the masters category Pelo Seate (#80) stands a change to snatch the 10th spot, since Rob Craig (#78) will be sitting this event out, Rob and Jacques Ackermann (#70) will be racing in their regional championships in Cape Town on the same day. Ruan Oberholster (#34) is leading Sifiso Themba (#63) with only 4 points in the 8th place and we could expect some fireworks from them as well. In the masters category Jaco Gous (#43) is the leader with Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) in second place.

Pieter de Vos (#17) has already secured the win for the year in the extreme veterans class, a big congratulations to him! Pieter will be sitting this event out, but his 54 point lead has secured him that win already. Could we see Guy Didcott (#88) taking the 5th place of the veterans championship away from Wayne Spicer (#90)? Wayne has been super strong this year, but an unfortunate incident in Port Elizabeth has cost him dearly.

  The point standings before Zwartkops look like this:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 362 Graeme van Breda (#1) 337 Jaco Gous (#43) 187
Masters Jaco Gous (#43) 326 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 282 Jonty Collard (#11) 223
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) 366 Graeme van Breda (#1) 345 Ian Harwood (#90) 169
Extreme Veterans Pieter de Vos (#17) 317 Johan le Roux (#44) 263 Teddy Brooke (#93) 245

 

We will see you at Zwartkops on 20 October for a fun filled day and the end of an amazing season!

Lynette and Sifiso (#63)

 

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)

 

Pre Race 8 – Killarney: Cape Town

The Killarney event of 22 September, is the penultimate event of the year and the riders are very excited, as they only have one opportunity to race at Killarney’s awesome track per year. Killarney is also the home track of two of our members Jacques Ackermann (#70) and Rob Cragg (#78) and as they are part of the ZX10 family, it makes Cape Town part of the ZX10 family as well!

Sven Grüne (#66) is leading the overall and veterans’ championships with Graeme van Breda (#1) in second place. Third overall is currently Jaco Gous’s (#43) spot, showing why he was crowned Rider of the Year in 2017.

Jaco Gous (#43) is also the master of the masters’ class and Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) in second spot. Jonty Collard (#11) is hot on their heels and he has shown what an excellent contender he is at the PE event, and is now being called the master of the rain! But there’s an interesting battle in the masters class between Ruan Oberholster (#34), who is only 2 points ahead of Sifiso Themba (63) and 15 points ahead of Pelo Seata (#80). The race between these riders is something to keep your eyes on. Will be interesting to see who is where after this race!

Ian Harwood (#24) (the Bridgestone man) is currently third in the Veterans class, but Sanjiv Singh (#12) is not going to give that spot to Ian on a platter, and will be riding at full force to get it back from Ian.

The extreme veteran class flag is in the hands of Pieter de Vos (#17), Teddy Brook (#93) is second in line followed by Johan le Roux (#44) in third place.  

The point standing before Killarney looks like this:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 321 Graeme van Breda (#1) 266 Jaco Gous (#43) 166
Masters Jaco Gous (#43) 297 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 253 Jonty Collard (#11) 203
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) 321 Graeme van Breda (#1) 300 Ian Harwood (#90) 140
Extreme Veterans Pieter de Vos (#17) 297 Teddy Brooke (#93) 245 Johan le Roux (#44) 213

 

Please come and visit us if you are at Killarney!

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)

Pre Race 7 – Zwartkops

With two thirds of the events done and dusted for the year, we are moving to our home track, the Big-Z (Zwartkops) for the annual Sasol Race Day on 18 August! The battle between the frontrunners is still hot and it is going to be something to get out of bed for. Graeme van Breda (#1) will not give up defending his championship title against Sven Grüne (#66), the 2016 champion. Jonty Collard (#11) and Ian Harwood (#24) have moved up to the third places in their respective championships, after their great performances at the sopping wet Port Elizabeth event. Well done Ian and Jonty, for both of them it is a personal best.   

But back in the mix are some of the riders who have sat out for the coastal events, such as Appanna Ganapathy (#77), Jacques Ackermann (#70) and Sanjiv Singh (#12) whose families have been keeping them busy. Andre van Vollenstee (#82) and Rodney McLachlan (#42) will also be back for the Zwartkops event, both of them well seasoned riders who are not scared to show the others how it is supposed to be done. Guy Didcott (#88) will also join in the fun this time, one of the new members in the Club. Michael Smit (#49) only has good memories of his previous super performance at Zwartkops, when he was crowned rider of the day.

Don’t forget the riders who are just consistent at every event, sure to get the limelight they deserve, Sifiso (iam63), JLR (#44), Pelo (#80), Teddy (#93) and Ruan (#34). We cannot wait to smell the rubber and toxic fumes, that is part of a race day, and which we need every now and again to get our addiction under control, that is circuit motorcycle racing!

The point standing before Zwartkops looks like this:

  1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 271 Graeme van Breda (#1) 256 Jaco Gous (#43) 142
Masters Jaco Gous (#43) 257 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 203 Jonty Collard (#11) 171
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66) 271 Graeme van Breda (#1) 260 Ian Harwood (#90) 116
Extreme Veterans Pieter de Vos (#17) 261 Johan le Roux (#44) 213 Teddy Brooke (#93) 209

A big hoha to Jacques (#70) with the birth of your child, what a blessing!

On behalf of all the ZX10 Masters Cup family we invite you to a day of fun and excitement, come join us on 18 August and forget about all your worries for one day!

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

See you at Zwartkops!

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)