Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup - Round 5 - 15 July 2017 - Port Elizabeth

Race Report – Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup – Round 5 – 15 July 2017 – Port Elizabeth

Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters CupRound 5 of the popular played off in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth at the Aldo Scribante Racetrack on the 15th of July 2017.

The week leading up to the race there were reports of a cold front approaching the Southern coast of South Africa. Cold, wet and windy conditions were anticipated for race day, and we all braced ourselves. However, race day the chilly morning turned into a glorious day with what seemed to be a record crowd attendance for what promised to be a fantastic round of national motorsport. Not to be outdone, the ZX10 Masters took to the track to show off their race craft in style.

Qualifying

During the Friday practice sessions, Sven Grune (Privateer) and Graeme van Breda (IVID/ Reef Supplies/ Elco Electrical) topped the timing sheets with consistently faster laps. Qualifying would see Grune take pole position and van Breda lining up in second next to him. The front row of the grid was locked out by Gareth Bezuidenhout (Privateer) in third. The second row would see Pieter de Vos (Jongingozi / Spada) line up in fourth and Jaco Gous (Central Propshaft Springs) next to him in fifth. A wonderful surprise saw Jonty Collard (Pappaz Ovenz) qualify in the sixth spot locking out the top six for the start of the race.

Race 1

Race 1 got off to a good start with Grune taking the lead into turn 1. Hot on his heels were van Breda and a challenging Gareth Bezuidenhout that also got off the line very quickly. Gous lead the rest of the pack through turn 1. As they came around after completing the first lap, it was Grune in a demanding lead with van Breda and Bezuidenhout chasing him. Next up were Jaco Gous and Johan Le Roux (Avidan) breathing down his neck from a great first lap after starting eighth on the grid. Further back would be Sanjiv Singh (Double Apex), de Vos and then Collard locked in battle.

Next up was Henk Schuiling (Air Systems), Hannes de Vos (Privateer) and Peter Clark (Isolve Business Solutions). Unfortunately, Schuiling lost it going into turn one ending in a spectacular crash and the race being red flagged. That also sent Wayne Spicer (Wellness Group) and Clark off the track successfully avoiding Schuiling during his crash. Spicer dropped his bike in the thick sand, and after receiving help from the marshals, he could get the bike out and started again. Clark also got his bike out and rejoined at the back of the grid for the restart.

With the track cleared and a slightly injured Schuiling taken care of by the medical personnel, the race got off to another frantic start. Once again Grune took the lead into turn one on the restart with van Breda breathing down his neck. Gous, Singh and de Vos led the rest of the pack through turn one without further incident.

As they came around after completing the lap van Breda shot past Grune on the start-finish straight taking the lead into turn 1. Next up was Gous and a strong challenging de Vos followed by Singh leading the rest of the pack.

De Vos got the better of Gous on the next lap with Singh trying to follow his example into turn 1. Unfortunately, it did not work out for Singh, as he ran his bike into the run-off area and then into the soft gravel beyond that. Miraculously he held onto his bike and eventually got the bike back to the track but only to rejoin a matter of seconds before the leaders got to turn one again.

Late on the brakes, Grune got to pass van Breda into turn 1 and take the lead once again. Next up was a lonely de Vos in third and Gous behind him in fourth followed closely by the duelling pair of Johan Le Roux and Gareth Bezuidenhout. Further back was Jonty Collard in a comfortable sixth overall. Bezuidenhout got the better of Le Roux and started catching Gous with Le Roux in tow. He would, unfortunately, run out of time to catch Gous before the end of the race.

Further afield behind Collard would see Stuart Russell (Fuel Gas Catering), Rodney McLachlan (Count Air) and Greg Bezuidenhout (J&Y Graphix) locked in battle. Russel would eventually get past Greg Bezuidenhout and make a break for it. That left Bezuidenhout defending for all his worth against a more experienced McLachlan. McLachlan, however, got past him on the final lap and Bezuidenhout would finish in tenth rounding up the top ten finishers.

Throughout the race Grune would be under constant pressure from van Breda but held on to take a resounding victory. Pieter de Vos would finish in a comfortable third and Gous just held on to fourth in front of a determined Gareth Bezuidenhout in fifth. Johan Le Roux finished in sixth rounding up the top six for the first race.

Top 10 finishers overall in Race 1:

Pos      No.      Class    Name      

1          1          B          Sven Grune

2          41        A          Graeme van Breda

3          2          C          Pieter de Vos

4          43        A          Jaco Gous

5          22        A          Gareth Bezuidenhout

Pos      No.      Class    Name      

6          44        C          Johan le Roux

7          11        A          Jonty Collard

8          83        C          Stuart Russel

9          42        C          Rodney McLachlan

10        10        A          Greg Bezuidenhout

Fastest Lap: Graeme van Breda (1:04.550) on Lap 6     

Race 2

Sven Grune would once again get off the line quickest in race two to take an early lead. A near high-side and magnificent save by Grune would, however, allow van Breda to take the lead. A recovered Grune then set after van Breda to catch him. Pieter de Vos slotted into third place leading the rest of the pack with Gareth Bezuidenhout breathing down his neck. Van Breda edged a gap in front of a hard charging Grune. Although van Breda put in the one blistering lap after the other, Grune would match or better the leader’s pace, to gradually close the gap. Just as Grune caught up with van Breda, they ran into a backmarker that allowed van Breda to slip away and take the win.

Behind the leaders, man on the move was Jaco Gous down in the sixth position catching Singh, Bezuidenhout and de Vos in the third position. After the first lap, Gous would relegate Singh to sixth setting after the pair in front. Bezuidenhout ran slightly wide through the last turn in the final few laps of the race which allowed Gous to get past him into the fourth position. Gous would, however, run out of laps in his challenge for the third spot taken by de Vos and finish in a respectable fourth.

After a good start, Johan Le Roux would also run wide through turn one on the opening lap. He would rejoin the race at the back after everyone had passed him. That allowed Jonty Collard to slip away and finish his race in a lonely seventh place. Stuart Russel at first got challenged by Greg Bezuidenhout but eventually pulled a gap to finish in a comfortable eighth position. However, with Bezuidenhout focussing on catching Russel, he did not notice race newcomer Michael Smit (Privateer) catching up to him. Smit got past Bezuidenhout in the dying stages of the race taking the ninth overall position and relegating Greg to finish once again in tenth overall.

Top 10 finishers overall in Race 2:

Pos      No.      Class    Name

1          41        A          Graeme van Breda

2          1          B          Sven Grune

3          2          C          Pieter de Vos

4          43        A          Jaco Gous

5          22        A          Gareth Bezuidenhout

Pos      No.      Class    Name

6          12        B          Sanjiv Singh

7          11        A          Jonty Collard

8          83        C          Stuart Russell

9          49        A          Michael Smit

10        10        A          Greg Bezuidenhout

 Fastest lap: Sven Grune (1:04.850) on lap 4

Overall Results for the Day:

Was it not for that one mistake Sven Grune would have walked away from the weekend with the perfect result. Coming second for the day behind a consistent and very competitive van Breda is, however, an acceptable outcome as he once again bags valuable points. Pieter de Vos had a brilliant weekend finishing in third in both races and securing third overall for the day. After some decent battles, Jaco Gous pipped Gareth Bezuidenhout for fourth with Bezuidenhout still finishing a respectable fifth overall. Man of the day was Jonty Collard, finishing sixth overall for the day and his best result this season so far.

Final Results:

Class A – Masters

Pos.     No.      Name

1          41        Graeme van Breda

2          43        Jaco Gous

3          22        Gareth Bezuidenhout

Class B – Veterans

Pos.     No.      Name

1          1          Sven Grune

2          12        Sanjiv Singh

3          90        Wayne Spicer

Class C – Senior Veterans

Pos.     No.      Name

1          2          Pieter de Vos

2          83        Stuart Russell

3          44        Johan le Roux

 

Rider of the Day – Jonty Collard

Round 6 of the championship, will see this popular one-make, one-model series head back to their home track in Pretoria at the Zwartkops Raceway on the 12th of August 2017.

The Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup is a one-make racing series featuring standard Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbikes and one-make tyres namely . Remaining one of the largest and most successful motorcycle racing categories in South Africa, it is classed as a National Challenge and divided into three classes: Masters for riders 35 to 42 years of age, Veterans for riders 43 to 50 years of age and Senior Veterans for rider 51 years of age and up. For more information on the Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup visit their website: zx10cup.co.za

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Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup - Round 5 - 15 July 2017 - Port Elizabeth
Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup – Round 5 – 15 July 2017 – Port Elizabeth
Schuiling’s spectacular crash in turn 1 sent others off track as well
Schuiling’s spectacular crash in turn 1 sent others off track as well
 
Grune and van Breda were the top contenders on the day with Race 1 going to Grune
Grune and van Breda were the top contenders on the day with Race 1 going to Grune
 
Van Breda took the win in Race 2 under immense pressure from Grune
Van Breda took the win in Race 2 under immense pressure from Grune
 
A consistent performance saw de Vos walk away with third overall for the day
A consistent performance saw de Vos walk away with third overall for the day
 
Rider of the Day - Jonty Collard
Rider of the Day – Jonty Collard
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