Young city rider wins in style

2013-07-30 00:00

IN his best performance of the year, 14-year-old Dirco van der Westhuizen, who is in Grade 8 at Voortrekker High School, came away with a win in the high school class of the third round of the national motocross championships that were held at Syringa Park in Gauteng two weeks ago.

Riding his Full Throttle Yamaha 125 with the authority and precision of a champion, the Pietermaritzburg teenager revelled in the tight and firm conditions to take maximum points and close the gap on championship leader Bradley Cox (KTM) to eight points. Fellow KZN rider Cox has 142 points after the first six races and Van der Westhuizen has 134.

It was the first time he had beaten the older and more experienced Cox and he did so in style. A highly motivated Van der Westhuizen was coming off a successful previous weekend, where he scored a win and a second in a regional club event at Syringa in preparation for the national meeting.

“It all came together nicely today,” said a delighted Van der Westhuizen. “I’ve been working hard on my riding and the club race was an important opportunity for me to familiarise myself with the Syringa track. The layout and ground conditions suit me and my Yamaha and I took full advantage.

“Beating Bradley was a milestone for me. He’s the benchmark in the high school class and today’s results give me great confidence for the remainder of the season.”

The Voortrekker pupil paid tribute to the support and encouragement of his father Dirk, who was not able to witness the win as he had been taken ill on the trip from Pietermaritzburg.

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