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Creodata Junior National Off-Road race promises thrilling racing action
April 30, 2011  

Supplied by MotorSport Administrator from Motorsport South Africa
It will be Gauteng versus the rest of South Africa when young off-road motorcycle and quad competitors from all over the country tackle the Creodata Junior National, the third round of the 2011 Junior National Off-road Championship that takes place on 7 May at Rhino Park outside Pretoria. Some thrilling racing action can be expected at this all new event as lots of points towards the championship titles are up for grabs.

ARTICLE AND IMAGE ISSUED BY:  ELZA THIART


Picture:  Elanie van den Berg

It will be Gauteng versus the rest of South Africa when young off-road motorcycle and quad competitors from all over the country tackle the Creodata Junior National, the third round of the 2011 Junior National Off-road Championship that takes place on 7 May at Rhino Park outside Pretoria. Some thrilling racing action can be expected at this all new event as lots of points towards the championship titles are up for grabs.

The Junior Roof in Lesotho was replaced by this event organised by the Gauteng Off-Road Club (GOC), organisers of the popular Inxon Printing Xcross Country Inland Club Championship in the Gauteng area. The Creodata Junior National will be the first junior national event that will be held in Gauteng and promises to show spectators just why this national champioinship has become such a success in South Africa.

The major players from all over the country will be in action with Open Motorcycle Class leader, Wade Young (FeverX Criterion Yamaha) from KwaZulu-Natal hoping to beat the Gauteng riders on their home turf and clinch another victory. He is leading the class from PE rider, Andrew Wren (Yamaha Support), but they will be chased by “local” riders who are just behind them on points – Robin Hudson (Yamaha) won the opening race and is currently third, one point behind Wren; Gerald Campher (Miller Moore Sandton Honda) is fourth; Darren Mcleod (Full Throttle); Louw Schmidt (Dirtstyle Suzuki Honeydew) and Karel Hatting (Guma Sport Yamaha) while regular top five riders like KZN’s Estiaan Steenkamp (Fox Racing Shimwells Yamaha) and Michael Pentacost (Perry Yamaha) would like to move up the points’ ladder from their 10th and 11th places respectively.

In the Senior Quad Category the leader, Tinus Bredenkamp (CDV Racing Can-Am) and second-placed Gerhard Steenkamp (Waterworld Can-Am) will travel from the Free State and KZN respectively to stand their man against a gaggle of Gauteng riders who will be used to the racing conditions at Rhino Park. Johannesburg’s Dustin Ledwick (Factory Racing KTM) is sharing the third place with Tzaneen’s Jaco Moller (PS Storm Racing Suzuki) while the rest of the top nine riders are all “local” – Ledwick’s team-mate, Dino do Amaral is one point behind them in fifth place followed by Jamie Fensham (Team Can-Am); Factory Racing’s Rorke Millar (Can-Am); Vereeniging’s Wayne Smith (Honda) and Jay-Zet Potgieter (Suzuki). Lady rider Elanie van den Berg (PS Storm Racing Kawasaki) from Kimberley rounds off the top ten and is leading the Ladies Quad Class.

In the Junior Modified Quad Class, non-Gauteng riders will have their hands full with especially Pretoria-based competitors. Benoni’s Christopher Petersen (Yamaha) has a one point lead ahead of two FD Racing team-mates sharing the second place – Pandelis Kafaltis (Arctic Cat) from Mpumalanga and Wynand Steyn (Hybrid) from the North-West Province while Pretoria’s Wilru Pienaar (Boesman Racing Suzuki) and Morné Fourie (CDV Racing Arctic Cat) are fourth and sixth respectively sandwiching Lichtenburg’s Heinrich van Gessellen (PS Storm Racing Suzuki). Only six points separate the top six riders in this competitive class.
Pretoria’s Amanda du Plessis (FD Racing Yamaha) will aim for another victory in the Junior Open Quad Class.

The battle in the 125cc Motorcycle Class can also turn into a Battle Of the Provinces. Here Pretoria’s Jan Human (Yamaha), who won the season opener, is third and he will have to stand his man against KZN riders who have dominated at the Port Elizabeth event. Blake Gutzeit (FeverX Criterion Yamaha) is leading the class, one point ahead of more KZN riders, Brett Swanepoel (Team JOAT Yamaha Support) and Travis Teasdale (Yamaha Support) who are sharing second place, one point behind Gutzeit. The rest of the riders will have to play catch-up.
Eight points separate double race winner in the Senior 85cc Class, Angus Coetzee (Fox Racing Shimwells Yamaha) and Dylan McGovern (FeverX Criterion Yamaha) with Duncan de Beer (Yamaha) third. Ross Blackwell (Kargo Racing KTM) will have to fly the flag for Gauteng between these competitors from his fourth place that he is currently sharing with the Cape rider, Jason Helm (Honda).

Pretoria’s Yamaha riders, Brendon Fourie and Tiaan Shattock, are first and third in the Junior 85cc Class and flank their biggest opposition from neighbouring North-West Province, Dean Lindsay (Kawasaki) who has won recently in the Eastern Cape.

The track might also suit the small bikes (and their young riders) in the 65cc Class with more competitors hopefully adding some numbers to this class.

The race format will be somewhat different with the junior and senior motorcycle classes competing on separate loops from 08h00 in the morning while the quad riders in both the junior and senior classes will tackle the race on separate loops from 12h00 in the afternoon.