New winners at enduro championships

2015-05-01 06:00
Hilton Hayward won a third consercutive master class title.
Photo: Dirt Racing

Hilton Hayward won a third consercutive master class title. Photo: Dirt Racing

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A NUMBER of local riders took part in the very wet and challenging KEI National Enduro last weekend. As the 2015 Liquorland National Enduro Championship reaches the halfway mark, a few new championship leaders emerged.

In E1 (200cc Class), Travis Teasdale (Brother Leader Tread KTM) lost lots of time in the sixth of the eight Special Stages when he got stuck in a mud hole. He posted the fastest time for the day in the 2.4km Extreme Special, but had to settle for the sixth place in E1 and lost his lead in this class championship to Brett Swanepoel (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) who took the victory at East London. The tight course and increasing difficult racing conditions resulted in many riders not finishing the regularity sections within the prescribed times and receiving penalty points. In E1, only Swanepoel did not get any penalty points.

Teasdale’s team-mate, Dwayne Kleynhans, finished second in E1 despite receiving penalties as did Kyle Flanagan (Ihobe International KTM) who rounded off the E1 podium despite a huge crash on the last lap. Brandon Warwick-Oliver (Team Liquorland Yamaha) was fourth with Henco Botha (KTM) fifth. Ross Blackwell (Kargo Racing KTM) was seventh with another of Teasdale’s team-mates, Jarryd Coetzee, eighth. Blackwell’s team-mate, Tim Young (Yamaha) was ninth despite the pain from a fractured thumb while motocross expert, Richie van der Westhuizen (Yamaha) finished 10th after struggling on the last lap with a bent sprocket that was missing seven teeth.

The current E1 champion, Wade Young from Paddock (Brother Leader Tread KTM) scored a hat trick of victories when he claimed his third consecutive E2 (Open Class) win of the season. Young, who was injured during a race two weeks ago, had a problem free race and was followed home by his team-mate, Scott Bouverie with Kenny Gilbert (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) finishing third for the day. A bent front brake disk hassled Altus de Wet (Altus de Wet Racing Sherco), who finished fourth, during the 13km Enduro Special on the last lap. Bronson Louw (Husqvarna Factory Racing) was fifth while Louw’s team-mate, Blake Gutzeit, finished sixth. He is currently visiting South Africa to sort out his visa to continue his international racing.

The rest of the E1 top ten consisted of Nick Wade (Liquorland Husqvarna) who finished seventh; Louwrens Mahoney (Brother Leader Tread KTM) who was eighth; Nicholas Pienaar (Ridgeway Racing Husqvarna) finishing ninth and scholar William Oosthuizen (KTM) who was 10th.

Competitors will now only have less than two weeks to prepare themselves and their bikes for the fourth round of the 2015 season, the Ashton National Enduro, that takes place on 2 May in the Western Cape. - Supplied

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