Top riders battle for glory in scenic winelands
THE beautiful winelands around Worcester in the Western Cape played host to the final two rounds of the Totpak National Offroad championship and it was down to these last two rounds of the championship to determine who would be crowned South African champion for 2015.
Rough tracks with different terrain from rocks to sandy sections would make for an interesting two days of racing with three different loops of approximately 55 km that had to be completed twice each day. Round six of the championship was held on Heritage Day with a day’s break in between before competitors headed out for round seven on Saturday.
Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Louwrens Mahoney set the fastest time on Thursday’s time trial, being the first man out, however, with the terrain unknown it was hard for Mahoney to keep the lead and he had to settle for second place overall and second place in the OR1 class.
Mahoney also had a great day out on Saturday, rounding off the OR1 podium.
Luck was not on Ross Branch’s side on the Thursday, but the talented Botswana rider impressed with a steady performance at round seven of the championship, taking victory on the day, both overall and in the OR1 class.
In the competitive OR2 class Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Louw Schmidt dominated both rounds of the championship, winning round six and seven with a comfortable lead, securing yet again another South African championship title in this highly competitive class. Tyron Miller backed up his team mate and finished in second place in the OR2 class on Thursday and in fifth place on Saturday.
After winning the previous two rounds of the OR3 championship Jarryd Coetzee was driven to bring home the championship, but an unfortunate crash on Thursday’s time trial put Coetzee out of title contention and he could not continue racing after injuring his knee. He however quickly recovered and dug deep to come back on Saturday and finish the season on a high.
After a consistent season it was Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Juan “Bollie” van Rooyen who won both rounds in Worcester, securing his Seniors championship title for the second year in a row.
The competitive High School class was dominated by KTM Centurion’s Eduan Bester who raced a consistent season, winning most rounds and bringing home the class title. Provisional results also saw KTM Centurion’s Ian Venter taking the Masters championship.
Louw Schmidt (left) dominated both rounds of the championship while Jarryd Coetzee (right) was unfortunate to crash out.