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)

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)

Kyalami Race Schedule – 24 March 2018

Friday 23rd March 2018 – Official Practice

Practice 1 Fri 7:20am
Practice 2 Fri 9:55am
Practice 3 Fri 12:55pm

Saturday 24th March 2018 – Race Day

Qualifying Sat 7:50am
Race 1 Sat 10:05am
Race 2 Sat 14:10pm

 

Competing Riders:

Surname Name Race # Class
1 Ackermann Jacques 70 A
2 Bezuidenhout Gareth 22 A
3 Bezuidenhout Greg 10 B
4 Bontekoning Brian 16 C
5 Brooke Teddy 93 C
6 Christie Stewie 65 C
7 Clark Peter 64 C
8 Collard Jonty 11 A
9 Cragg Rob 78 A
10 De Vos Hannes 15 B
11 De Vos Pieter 17 C
12 Didcott Guy 88 B
13 Ganapathy Appanna 77 A
14 Gous Jaco 43 A
15 Grüne Sven 66 B
16 Harwood Ian 24 B
17 Le Roux Johan 44 C
18 McLachlan Rodney 42 C
19 Oberholster Ruan 34 A
20 Russel Stuart 83 C
21 Schoeman J B 23 C
22 Schuiling Henk 69 C
23 Seate Mmusapelo 80 A
24 Singh Sanjiv 12 B
25 Smit Michael 49 A
26 Spicer Wayne 90 B
27 Themba Sifiso 63 A
28 Van Breda Graeme 1 B
29 Van Vollenstee Andre 82 C

2017 Records

Race Winner:

Sven Grune

Best Lap:

1:51.885

No.22 Gareth Bezuidenhout

Average Speed (km/h)

Average Speed (km/h)145.4km/h

The Grand Prix

The 16-turn, 4.522km anti – clockwise FIA graded circuit takes advantage of the naturally undulating landscape creating a challenging blend of sweeping, fast sections and tight, technical corners which makes Kyalami legendary. The average circuit width is 12 meters with the main straight being 15 metres in width. The circuit includes a full pit lane with 40 garages, as well as a secondary pit lane on the Platform 1 area.