Quintin van Jaarsveld
Members of KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club had a day of racing like never before at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.
Strict Coviod-19 regulations were in place (and adhered to), making for a racing event unlike any other for the club’s drivers and motorbike riders.
The modified classes were exciting to watch, as always, with some new names at the top of the list. Leo Branders took the top spot in the A Class, with Peter Blofield winning the B Class (and Super GT B Class), Dave Burton winning the C Class and Elton Fuchs winning the Super Class.
The other victorious drivers were Jonathan Pieterse (Super GT A), Tony McCree (Sports) and Keagon Samson (Time Challenge).
On two wheels, the Formula Extreme Class was well attended with 14 bikes on the line. Robin Alldred took the honours in the A Class (and 300cc Class), with Stanley Ndlela winning the B Class.
The other bike winners were Lee Singh (150cc), chairman Llewelyn Puren (150cc Masters and Powersports), Hayden Louw (150cc Super Production), Marc Nel (300cc Masters), Hein Etzel (Supermotard), Brett Sharp (Supermotard Masters), Quinn St John Ward (Juniors) and Riley Day (Mini GP).
“The day had a different feel due to the Covid-19 regulations with no spectators, wearing masks all day and having to maintain social distancing,” Puren told eHowzit.
“The competitors were very excited to get back to racing and despite the hugely increased amount of paperwork, they completed all the documents to ensure that they could go racing.
“The competitors were allowed three pit crew and themselves only; all support staff including marshalls were at a minimum to curb the spread of the virus.
“The racing was good in most of the classes even though the numbers had diminished. We combined some of the classes, which allowed for some exciting races between guys from different classes with similar lap times.
“There was good action and minimal incidents on the track giving us a great finish to a mountain of work to get us back on track.”
He added, “The spectators were certainly missed. We did, however, test live streaming for the event and we will hopefully be able to upgrade and share that with our petrolhead supporters to still be able to watch some racing from home.
“Thanks to the committee for all their work leading up to the event to make the event happen – it is greatly appreciated – and thanks to the competitors for their patience and support of the new Covid-19 regulations.”
Photos by Roy Hallett