Perfect weather conditions and an absence of delaying “incidents” set the scene for a thrilling day’s racing in the Expert Tech All-Bike Race Day at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday when competitors from all over the country as well as from New Zealand tested their skills against the competition in their respective classes.
There is no doubt that the Superbike class (1000cc motorcycles) produced the most exciting heats of the day as locals Travis Naude and Travis Warne showed the way around the circuit against Gauteng’s Pieter de Vos and local veteran, Pierre le Roux, but perhaps the star of this battle was young Kevin Redman, from Plettenberg Bay, who presented strong competition to the lead group, on a 600cc Yamaha.
Redman emphasised his talent by being awarded the much-coveted “Bearing Man Big Balls Trophy”, which is awarded to the rider who clocks the top speed of the day through the apex of the formidable Potters Pass bend. The strongest contester for the award, Travis Warne, was a matter of 0.2kph slower than Redman, who achieved a speed of 198.816kph.
The newly constituted Classic Superbike Racing Association (CSRA) presented its own exciting contest, but with the difference that Gauteng-based veteran Gavin Ramsay showed a clean pair of heels to his opposition, taking both heats in fine style, but behind him, Port Elizabeth’s Remi van den Berg, Gauteng’s Ettiene Louw and Cape Tonian, Tony Jones made their presence felt on pre-1989 machinery that still puts in competitive lap times on this circuit.
Bikes of smaller engine capacity contested the Powersport class and produced shoulder to shoulder racing in a field of 15 bikes, with Port Elizabeth’s Paul Jansen emerging over-all victor for the day.
In the class for the up-and-coming champions of the future – 100cc Honda NSF – it was 10-year-old Jordan Breakspear who cleaned up in both heats. For the first time, this field of 5 competitors took to the main circuit to show their mettle. The normal contest for this class is on the much shorter karting circuit, but these youngsters showed that they are ready for big competition. East London local riders, Cassidi Simmons and 7-year-old Dante Havenga are new to the class, but showed that they were prepared mix it with the more experienced riders.
Results for the day:
NSF 100: 1st Jordan Breakspear 2nd Cassidi Simmons 3rd Connor Breakspear
CSRA F1 (Pre-1989): 1st Gavin Ramsay 2nd Remi van den Berg 3rd Ettiene Louw
CSRA F2 (Pre-1983): 1st Deon du Toit 2nd John Kosterman 3rd Robbie Jv Rensberg
Old Supers (Pre-’98): 1st Martin Minnie 2nd Steven Bowie 3rd Nico Visser
Breakfast Run: 1st JB Schoeman 2nd Gerrie Havenga 3rd Siviwe Mohamed
Powersport: 1st Paul Jansen 2nd Ivor Vermaak 3rd Stuart Townsend
Supersport (600cc): 1st Kevin Redman 2nd Melt Koekemoer 3rd Bernard Dreyer
Superbike (1000cc): 1st Travis Naude 2nd Travis Warne 3rd Pieter de Vos