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)

 

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 3 Report Phakisa

Phakisa here we come, you are not missing out on the ZX10 Masters show as in the 2017 season! In
racing, there are always a few riders who are good at certain track, maybe because it is their home track
or maybe they just like a specific track. And talking about home tracks, Phakisa is the home of Pelo Seate
(#80); keep your eyes on him! There are also a few other riders who can go around Phakisa with their
eyes closed, like Stewie Christi (#65) who has instructed at so many track days there, that I think he has
lost count.

Don’t close your eyes on 14 April though, the season has just started and the championship “fights” are
already heating up! In the Overall and Veteran’s championships there’s a zero (0) point difference
between the 2017 champion, Graeme van Breda (#1) and 2016 champion, Sven Grüne (#66), both with
90 points in their pockets. And in the Masters class Jonty Collard (#11) and Michael Smit (#49) both have
their eyes set on that 3 rd place with 58 point each. In the masters class Jaco Gous (#43) has grabbed up
all the winning points so far, but can Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) catch him? The Extreme Veteran class
has all the riders with the most experience in the Club. Most of them have been members of the Club
since its inception; between them they have experience that will put the others to shame. We salute
you! (Pieter #17, Teddy #93, Brian #16, JLR #44, Andre #82, Stuart #83, Stewie #65, Rodney #42, JB #23,
Peter #64, Henk #69 and Hannes #15) Their first wives have keys and they love them to bits.
Before we all need tissues, back to the racing! Take a weekend off, pack your bags and come to Phakisa
on 14 April which is where the legends of circuit motorcycle racing in South Africa will be.
Going to Phakisa the points look like this:

 

1st Points 2nd Points 3rd Points
Overall Graeme van Breda (#1) 90 Sven Grüne (#66) 90 Pieter de Vos (#17) 56
Masters  Jaco Gous (#43) 100 Gareth Bezuidenhout (#22) 71 Jonty Collard (#11)  58
Veterans   Graeme van Breda (#1)  90 Sven Grüne (#66)  90  Sanjiv Singh (#12)  64
Extreme
Veterans
 Pieter de Vos (#17)  95  Teddy Brooke (#93)  72  Brian Bontekoning (#16)  58

 

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

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!