Dezzi’s hillside track will make for exciting Superbiking
SUPERBIKE Championship racing returned to KwaZulu-Natal after a 25-year absence just a year ago, delivering shunts and falls that had the crowd gasping.
In two weeks’ time, on Saturday, September 19, the DEOD SuperGP Champions Trophy will return to the province, this time to the tight and tricky Dezzi Raceway at Marburg.
When the VW Polo cup drivers took on this 2,8-kilometre circuit for the first time two weeks ago, the steep elevation changes and closing hairpins saw many a driver spin out, which is exactly what the punters came to see.
More of the same action can be expected when the bikers arrive, as three of the four championships must still to be decided, Only William Friend can ride secure, knowing the inaugural SuperJunior title at the last round. With only 20 points separating the next three riders, Dominic Doyle, Brandon Staffen and Luca Coccioni will have a battle royale for second and third place in the SuperJunior.
In the Super GP, Clint Seller is only 27 ahead of Mathew Schotz, both riding on Yamahas, with Lance Isaacs on a BMW in hot pursuit.
In the Super 600, Steven Odendaal looks to be comfortably ahead on points in his Yummy, but he is being chased hard by three Kawasakis, ridden by Michael White, Adolf Boshoff, and Blaze Baker.
In the SuperM, Beau Levey is leading beautifully on his KTM, chased in the far distance by Neil van Loggerenberg, also on a KTM, and Jacques van Wyngaardt on a BMW.
Owned by Des and Louise Gutzeit, the circuit overlooks Oslo Beach. It has been built using part of a runway which evolved to include facilities for drifting.
Extensions to turn the facility into a fully-fledged racing circuit, the only permanent one in KwaZulu-Natal, were completed earlier this year and a number of very successful events have already proved to be a hit with local race fans.
The riders will familiarise themselves with the new circuit during the official practice sessions.
Qualifying and two races for each category on the day before the races, which will see SuperGP/SuperM, Super600 and SuperJunior on the Saturday.
The entry fee is R70 and tickets can be bought online at TicketPro or at the gate.
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The first Super racing after a quester century’s absences, held at the old airport in Durban last year, saw spectacular action, and the punters can look forward to more of the same at Dezzis on September 19.