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A pulsating penultimate round of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship played out at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.
Classic Superbikes and the Historic Motorcycle Group, mostly made up of Johannesburg competitors, joined in on the action in Round Seven of the championship, boosting the field to just under 160 racers across the car and bike classes.
“We had another excellent event. The weather was absolutely brilliant, giving us the perfect conditions to hold another successful day of racing,” club chairman Llewelyn Puren told eHowzit.
Jake Jansen produced an excellent race in the second heat of the 150s, starting at the back and going on to take the chequered flag for the win. However, Vincent de Bock (CBR150 Class) and Roy Hallett (CBR150 Masters Class) came away with the class wins.
Duncan Day won the Open Class once again, Nikolai Conci clinched the 300 Class and Craig Tarlington continued his dominance of the Drifter Class.
Bryce Hills and Tarlington won the Breakfast A and B Classes respectively, Malcolm Rudman did the double again, claiming both the Supermotard and Formula Extreme classes, while Fergal McAdam won the Classic Superbikes Class.
Puren commented, “The bike classes have increased with a few more new entrants. The racing in all classes were good with plenty battles throughout the field. Spectators were aplenty with them even parking their cars and sitting behind the stands on the Northern loop to get a view of the close racing in the tightest section of the track.
“Rory Nesbitt also brought the Kenny Roberts Proton to the track to be viewed, an absolute beauty of a machine which he completely restored himself. The master craft workmanship of a former 500cc GP bike was on show for all enthusiasts to see. A huge thanks to Rory for bringing the Proton out to be shared.”
On four wheels, Willie de Beer was back with a bang as he claimed victory in the Super GT Class, with Byron Oliver winning the Sports Class.
Grant Duckham continued his winning ways in the Retro Class, however, he was pipped in the Time Attack by Duncan dos Reis. Denver Branders and Richard Loynes won in the Modified Saloon A and B classes, while Elton Fuchs prevailed in the Super Modified Class.
“The Modifieds Class was full to capacity with 32 entrants on the line at the start of the day, including some very zealous Gauteng competitors,” said Puren.
“Unfortunately, the challenging Dezzi Raceway cut some of them down to size, with three of the out of towners suffering mechanical failures, ending their weekend early. Feedback from the Gauteng boys was positive, with them vowing to be back to challenge the KZN guys at the next round.
“A huge thanks to the KZN Marshall Association led by Barry Neal and Michelle Nicol without whom our race days would not be kept safe and on point. A big thanks must also go to Jani from Natal Recovery for the car recovery. A huge effort was required to keep the day as smooth sailing as it was.”
The final round of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship will take place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on 28 October, with Puren promising a barnburner.
“It’s going to be a great event; there’ll be more interprovincial competitors and the last event carries double points for the championship, which is a compelling reason to see the competitors battle it out for the slimmest chance of a decent championship result.”
For more information about the club and their events, visit www.KZNRRC.co.za.
Photos by Graham Montanari, sponsored by Braaibrand PTY