Moto Regionals 9 (Final)

Congratulations to the new Western Province Unlimited Superbike champion,Ronald Slamet.

The championship final was twistier than the Cape wind on a summers day.A last minute entry by David McFadden  made for even more intrigue but Ronald managed to keep a cool head,cementing the year in the first race the moment Aran van Niekerk chucked himself into the sand,apparently while attempting a pass on McFadden at turn 3.

Aran…I stand in awe of you,sir.There's a point in pro bike racing where things get a little ugly,almost war-like….and Aran van Niekerks been through it all,staying in the saddle way beyond the point where most others would have thrown in the towel (if indeed they were still capable of throwing something).

Last years champ,Malcolm Rapson had another mind blowing day,challenging the prime timers every lap of the way to beat out a 3rd place in the championship.

Class b (1000cc) saw  (or didn't see) newcomer,Leroy Malan take the honours even though work related commitments forced his absence in this,the final round.Veteran rider,Mike Wilhelmi took the podium in second place with Shaun de Jager on the Honda in 3rd.

 

In Class c (1000cc) consistency paid off with the unassuming Wayne Arendse topping the board,followed in second by Andries Coetzee and Vossie Vosloo in 3rd.

The supersport (600cc) class didn't disappoint either.By my reckoning,Nicholas v/d Walt had this one in the bag but his day turned into a roller-coaster of ups and downs… and downs.

First hiccup was a query,post race 1,necessitating the removal of his Honda's clutch cover to check for a slipper clutch (not allowed in the series) and the question of a tyre which had no scrutineering marking on it but Nicholas and the DMR team sailed clear of a possible disqualification only to have the bike suffer a mechanical failure in the second race.Nic limped the bike home and now the matter lies unresolved (although it does look to be Sharl Wasserfall's year) as the Berlux team protested Nicholas' failure to comply with a black flag.

Supersport/Classics – Warren Guantario's considerable experience and just plain natural talent has seen him fend off attacks from much meaner beasts on many occasions and the final was no exception.Ultimately,on this occasion the CBR600 of Alex van den Berg did pip him to the line but keeping a twin ahead of a 4-cylinder racer for any amount of time is a superhuman task.Regardless,Warren Guantario brings home Supersport class a with 2nd and 3rd going to Brandon Story and Andrew Liebenberg,respectively.Supersport class b has Alan Kessell at the top spot,followed closely by JP Friedrich in 2nd and Arnold Eckersly in 3rd.

In the Classics – John Kosterman is this years Classic Superbike champ on his classic GSXR with Kevin Spratley 2nd on his immaculate RZ350 and Lourens Rossouw 3rd on another stunning classic GSXR.

Clubmans – Even a broken motorcycle couldn't deter Wessel Kruger from taking the clubmans cup.His friday practice session went belly up when the brakes on his newly prepped Kawasaki ZX12 failed spectacularly but fortunately he still had his faithful old Honda F2 to fall back on.Jannie Stander takes 2nd place with a surprising performance,even braking out to class c with a time of 1:21.068.Third place goes to Ayden van Rooijen.

Track photography for sale.

Full Results at ZA Timing.

The points at WPMCMOTORCYCLES.

Dave Abrahams report at IOL.

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