Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Dezzi Festival of Speed produced red-hot racing in Oslo Beach on Saturday.
There was extra excitement among the riders as the event at Dezzi South Coast Raceway formed part of the South Coast Bike Fest.
As a result, it was an all-bike affair, aside from Legends cars, which are powered by 1300cc motorbike engines.
After a morning of thrilling racing in the respective classes, track owner Des Gutzeit landed the Ignition television crew on the track with his helicopter at the lunch break.
They caught the remainder of the day’s action on camera and will be airing the second Breakfast Class race in the coming weeks, while the Expresso Breakfast Show was also on hand and did a piece on NSF100 rider, Lee Singh, which will also be aired soon.
With the spotlight on Singh, he delivered as he’s done throughout the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship to claim another class win, while Jesse Conci won the CBR150 Class.
In the Breakfast A Class, the first race was very close with the lead changing hands several times. In the second race, Matthew Herbert pulled a gap and finished five seconds in front. Peter Blofield went on to bag the B Class spoils.
The Open Class saw Duncan Day return to form after a disappointing outing last time out, Anja Conci clinched the 300 Class, with Bryce Hills (Supermotard), Stanley Mdlela (Time Attack) and Dave Rabie (Open Wheels/Legends) also recording wins.
As a bike-only event, these results will not count in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship.
Event organiser and Motorsport South Africa regional representative, Bob West, said although the racing was red-hot, the off-track element of the event was disappointing, particularly the scheduled parade to Margate, where the prize-giving was planned to take place but never materialised.
“It was a good day for racing. The weather was good and bike classes were full. We only had a few Legends with us as there was a big meeting inland for them, but they put up a good race.
“A few of our fast guys were doing national racing in East London, but the riders in the Breakfast Class really stepped up their game and were posting personal best times,” he told eHowzit.
“The riders enjoyed the day, but we’re disappointed when after many frantic phone calls to the organisers of the bike fest went unanswered, the ride into Margate never materialised.
“The spectator numbers were half of our normal meetings – only about 260 people came through the gate. The exposure we got from TV coverage, SAfm radio station and local press as a club was fantastic, but feet-through-the door was disappointing, as was the organisation of the parade into Margate, which didn’t happen. We have to take a positive that the riders enjoyed themselves and it was good for the club’s exposure,” he added.
Round Four of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship will see the return to the regular car and bike racing and will take place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on 20 May.
For more information about the club and their events, visit www.KZNRRC.co.za.
Photos by Graham Montanari