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 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)

East London Race Schedule – 16 June 2018

Friday 15th June 2018 – Official Practice

 

Practice 1 Fri 9:35am
Practice 2 Fri 11:15am
Practice 3 Fri 15:05

Saturday 16th June 2018 – Race Day

Qualifying Sat 8:25am
Race 1 Sat 11:40am
Race 2 Sat 14:55pm

 

Competing Riders:

Surname Name Race # Class
1 Ackermann Jacques 70 A
2 Bezuidenhout Gareth 22 A
3 Bontekoning Brian 16 C
4 Brooke Teddy 93 C
5 Collard Jonty 11 A
6 Cragg Rob 78 A
7 De Vos Hannes 15 B
8 De Vos Pieter 17 C
9 Didcott Guy 88 B
10 Ganapathy Appanna 77 A
11 Gous Jaco 43 A
12 Grüne Sven 66 B
13 Harwood Ian 24 B
14 Lamb Jason 46 B
15 Le Roux Johan 44 C
16 Le Roux Pierre 56 C
17 Oberholster Ruan 34 A
18 Schoeman JB 23 C
19 Smit Michael 49 A
20 Spicer Wayne 90 B
21 Themba Sifiso 63 A
22 Van Breda Graeme 1 B

2017 Records

2017 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 5 – East London

We are loading the Red Square truck and heading to East London’s Grand Prix Circuit, run by the Border
Motorsport Club! Welcoming two new members from there, although one would not say that Pierre le
Roux (#56) and Jason Lamb (#46) are strangers to the ZX10 Club, they both used to be members of the
Club in the distant past and we still got to see them at our events there. We are super exited having
them back in our midst and we are looking forward to this very fast circuit and the extra horsepower
courtesy of the fresh coastal air and sea-level. We can also call it our annual “road race” as the track is
used as roads every day. Imagine going through Potters Pass on a daily basis, can only be fun!

Sven Grüne (#66) currently leads the overall championship with 10 points, with Graeme van Breda (#1)
in second place. But there is also an epic battle for the third overall spot between Pieter de Vos (#17),
Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) and Jaco Gous (#43). Gareth is also starting to catch up to Jaco in the
Masters Class championship and they are to be super focused at this event. These riders have just
proven themselves so much this season and all deserve the spot, really an exciting contest to keep your
eyes on. From the 7 th overall place to 10 th place there is a similar race happening between Michael Smit
(#49) who has 56 points, Appanna Ganapathy (#77) with 55 points, Johan le Roux (#44) and Jonty Collard
(#11) both with 54 points.

But there are also a few riders who have consistently improved their personal best times this year, and
they are sure to make an impact, such as Sifiso Thamba (#63), Jacques Ackermann (#70) and Rob Cragg
(#78) who has more experience at the coastal circuits, than the bunch from Gauteng. And also keep your
eyes on the two East Londoners, sure to wow the crowd.
Going to East London the points look like this:

 

1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Sven Grüne (#66) 185 Graeme van Breda (#1) 175 Pieter de Vos (#17) 98
Masters  Jaco Gous (#43) 180 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 171 Michael Smit (#49)  111
Veterans Sven Grüne (#66)   185 Graeme van Breda (#1) 175  Sanjiv Singh (#12)  96
Extreme
Veterans
 Pieter de Vos (#17)  170  Teddy Brooke (#93)  144  Johan le Roux (#44)  132

 

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 MSA.

We will see you at the track!

Lynette