MiniGP riders make exciting debut in KZN Road Racing Club Champs – photo gallery

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Young motorcycle riders entered the fray as the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship got underway at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.

The event launched the inaugural MiniGP Class, which saw six youngsters on the grid giving circuit racing a try.

The MiniGP Class caters for youngsters from six to 11 years old with a ‘bring-whatever-bike-you-have’ policy, which saw a few PW50 and PW80 bikes on the circuit.

They ran their races on the northern loop of the track, where they were cheered on by parents and fellow racers.

Sebastian Rizzato wrote his name in the club’s history books as the winner of the inaugural round of the MiniGP Class.

The day was eventful with a few crashes in both the bike and car classes.

The racing in the big bike classes was tight with Nikolai Conci on a 600cc chasing down Bryce Hills on a 1000cc until Conci crashed out in the second race.

Hills hurried home to draw first blood in the 1000cc Class, while Matthew Steytler won the 1000cc Masters Class.

Clinton Massey-Hicks and Craig Tarlington took the spoils in the 600cc and 600cc Masters Class respectively.

There was consolation for Conci as he clinched the 300cc Class. Lubbe Meyer won the 300cc Masters Class, with club chairman Llewelyn Puren (Powersports), Kewin Bond (Motards), Jesse Boshoff (Supermotard), Jesse Conci (CBR150) and Roy Hallett (CBR150 Masters) also claiming class wins.

Some of the car crashes were quite spectacular to say the least with some extensive damage to some of the vehicles.

Mason Moodley, Duncan Dos Reis and Rob Mordaunt laid down early markers as they raced to victory in the Super GT, Porsche and Sports Wheels Class respectively.

Byron Oliver took top the honours in the Time Attack while the respective modified classes were won by Ronald van Rensburg (A), Clinton Bezuidenhout (B), Tim Kinsey (C) and Elton Fuchs (Super).

“We had a fair turnout of 100 entries and 220 spectators,” club chairman Puren told eHowzit.

“We’re excited to introduce the MiniGP Class to cater for any keen youngster wanting to try their luck racing on a race circuit.

“The Modifieds Class continues to have good numbers with a full grid, which makes for a crazy first corner tussle. As the cars spread out, there’s a consistent show of cars for the spectators to watch throughout the race.

“We would like to thank Natal Recovery for the hard work on the track with the many recoveries we had. Jani and her team did a magnificent job and helped keep the programme on time,” added Puren.

Round Two of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship, which will see the return of retro cars, will take place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on 13 March.

For more information about the club and their events, visit www.KZNRRC.co.za.

Photos by Ralph Pike

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