Contrasting the previous weekend's hot and dusty pre-season race, round 1 of the South African National series started off with plenty of rain. This turned the track into a bit of a slip 'n slide, leading to a number of crashes, specially during practice on Saturday. Luckily none of them lead to any serious injuries. Sunday morning brought even more rain and some thick fog, dramatically limiting visibility at the top of the track. As the race progressed though, the fog lifted and the surface became nice and tacky, leading to much quicker race times.
Andrew Neethling - 1st
Johann Potgieter - 3rd
At the end of race day, top spot was claimed by Andrew Neethling, beating the rest by almost 5 seconds - a massive gap compared to last week's 0.4 seconds. Stefan Garlicki came home in second with a time of 2.22.37, only just beating Johann Potgieter by 0.05 seconds. 4th and 5th was claimed by Hayden Brown and Tiaan Odendaal respectively.
Luke le Roux
Clouds rolling in to bring some more rain for race day
Though the weekend saw a number of spills, the only serious injury was Luke le Roux, who broke his wrist and ended up having to get surgery. Luckily the medics were on hand and quickly attended to him. Get well soon dude!
As always, this event couldn't have happen without the sponsors and individuals who put in the hard work. Special thanks goes to:
CSA (Cycling South Africa) for sponsoring some prize money.
RedBull for providing beats and wings at the bottom road gap.
Litronics for 2 way radio's - a crucial element to any successful race.
Race organizer Hanco Binneman and the rest of the WPDH crew.
1. Andrew Neethling - 02.17.82
2. Stefan Garlicki - 02.22.37
3. Johann Potgieter - 02.22.42
4. Hayden Brown - 02.23.78
5. Tiaan Odendaal - 02.24.18
6. Adi Van Der Merwe - 02.24.26
7. Alasdair Fey - 02.24.57
8. Duran Van Eeden - 02.29.54
9. Myles Kelsey - 02.30.52
10. Ryan Frerichs - 02.30.97Complete results here.