Local riders encouraged to join KZNRRC

2017-03-08 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedVincent de Bock (19) in action.

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PIETERMARITZBURG, together with the rest of the Midlands, has been a breeding ground for successful riders both locally, nationally and internationally, with the province being home to the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club (KZNRRC).

In the forties, street racing was the only way people could race in KZN and it took place on the Durban beach front and Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg.

The province saw its first track built in 1953 when the Roy Hesketht rack in Pietermaritzburg was opened.

In the early sixties, KZN got a Grand Prix circuit, which unfortunately lasted only a couple of years.

This led to the beginning of short circuit racing in KZN.

South Africa’s only world champions, Kork Ballington and Jon Ekerold, were both from KZN and started racing at the Westmead Short Circuit and the Roy Hesketh tracks.

When the Roy Hesketh track closed in the eighties and there was no race track for KZN riders, it forced them to return to the streets.

During the eighties, Umhlanga Rocks Drive was used and annual street events were held at the Wild Coast Casino, Port Shepstone, Eshowe, Empangeni, Ladysmith and Umhlanga Rocks.

Idube International Raceway, just outside Pietermaritzburg, started looking good in the nineties but did not last.

The only good thing that came from that was the kart track which motorcycles still use today.

Short circuit racing slowed down for a few years and this was a good time for younger riders to start developing.

The new home for the KZNRRC is now Dezzi Raceway, which is situated in Marburg, just outside Port Shepstone.

It boasts a world-class track which is growing the sport in abundance and has been popular for many local riders.

It offers many classes to suit individual skills and budgets.

Visit www.kznrrc.co.za for more information on its road racing activities.

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