Daily Archives: 19 June, 2017

Free Practice Days and Times

Please confirm availability and times with the office because corporate bookings take preference : 021 557 1639

 

See open practice / testing sessions for the next month below:

June
20 June 2017 Tuesday Cancelled WRX Construction
21 June 2017 Wednesday Cancelled WRX Construction
27 June 2017 Tuesday Confirmed 16h30 – 18h00
28 June 2017 Wednesday Confirmed 16h30 – 17h30
29 June 2017 Thursday Confirmed 16h30 – 18h00
 

July

04 July 2017

Tuesday Confirmed 16h30 – 18h00
05 July 2017 Wednesday Confirmed 16h30 – 17h30

Should members require track time to run engines in, please contact the office and we will offer the main & back straight where possible.

Practice sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday       from 4.30pm till 6pm – Cars and Bikes alternating every                            15min starting with cars. (Superbikes, Clubman & Classic                        Bikes)
  • Wednesday from 4.30pm till 5.30pm – Bikes first 30min and cars second                      30min. (Powersport A & B Bikes)

Sound Testing

There will be Sound Testing during Thursday & Friday Official practices.

To be eligible to make use of these practice sessions you have to be a current competitor and have a MSA licence.

 

Please understand that these are unofficial open sessions and all present are here at their own risk, there will be NO medical support or marshals on site. Should the circuit become unsafe during these sessions, expect the sessions to be terminated.

Thursday practice available only before race weekend

 

Please confirm availability and times with the office because corporate bookings take preference : 021 557 1639

Local Racing News

Drama fires up ultra-close Cape Superbikes

Dave Abrahams

Cape Town: Round 5 of the Mike Hopkins Motorcycles regional series, on Saturday at Killarney, delivered plenty of drama and some of the closest racing of the season so far.

The drama actually started two weeks earlier at Zwartkops when David ‘McFlash’ McFadden’s BMW S1000RR was skittled and written off in a multiple pile-up at a rained-out SuperGP meeting that was later abandoned.

McFadden refused to commit to riding at Killarney until he was sure the new bike was ready, but in the event, it must have been, because he “got out of the right side of bed this morning” and put it on pole with an electrifying 1m10.871 qualifying lap.

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David McFadden leads Trevor Westman, Ronald Slamet and Gerrit Visser in Race 1. Picture: Dave Abrahams

Then Ronald Slamet on the IS Freight R1 jumped the start big time and immediately stopped, holding up his hand. Several other riders – among them McFadden – also stopped, expecting a false start to be declared, but as Trevor Westman led the field down to Turn 1 on the Mad Mac’s ZX-10R, realised that it wasn’t going to happen and set about making up for lost ground.

Up front, Westman led veteran Malcolm Rapson’s older, family-funded Kawasaki ZX-10R and Gerrit ‘the Ginger Ninja’ on the Samurai R1 while Slamet battled to close them down and McFadden sliced through the midfield in a furious attempt to get back on terms.

By the end of lap three Rapson and Slamet were debating second when Rapson got high-sided into Turn 5 and came down hard, bringing out the red flags and the ambulance.

Since less than 25 percent of race distance had been completed, that meant a new race, with McFadden back on pole – and he pulled brilliant start to lead off the line, followed by Westman, Slamet and Visser in a thrilling four-bike train, battling it out all the way to the flag, with Slamet actually leading one lap in mid-race before being bounced back to third.

Visser dropped back in the closing stages, but McFadden, Westman and Slamet finished in that order in less than 0.2s – only for Slamet to be penalised 30 seconds for the earlier jump start.

Visser and Warren Guantario (Mad Mac’s ZX-6R) were excluded for a technical infringement under the red flag, handing the top slots in the 600 Challenge to Jared Schultz and his father Karl (ASAP World ZX-6R’s).

David McFadden won both Superbike races but was made to work hard for them. Picture: Dave Abrahams

Race 2

The talented Namibian’s woes weren’t over yet; he got a disastrous start – later traced to a launch control fault – in the second race, but was back up to fourth behind McFadden, Westman and Alex van den Berg (Auto Watch CBR1000 SP) by the end of the first lap. A lap later, he was up to second as Westman battled to stay with a fired-up McFadden.

But it was Westman’s ZX-10R that decided the issue for him, picking up a fuelling gremlin in the second half of the race that dropped him to a distant third behind McFadden and Slamet, while Dale Field (Field ZX-10R) held off a determined challenge from Van den Berg to claim fourth by 0.071s.

Jared and Karl Schultz were the first 600s home, just 0.545s apart, giving Schultz Junior his first overall class win and the racing family a son-and-father 1-2, unprecedented in living memory.

Diminutive Sam Lochoff is actually 10 years old but looks about eight. Picture: Dave Abrahams

Powersport

JP Friederich on the Calberg SV650 led every lap of the first Powersport race, pulling away at about a second a lap to win by almost nine seconds, but behind him veteran Paul Medell (Kawasaki ER650) and Chris ‘the Green Goblin’ Williams on the Trac Mac ER650 battled it out for second, swopping places on virtually every lap, with Medell ahead by just 0.202s when it counted.

Max Mandix brought the ASAP ER650 home a distant fourth.

Diminutive Sam Lochoff (he’s actually 10 years old but looks about eight!) on the Samurai RC390 was the first Powersport B rider home, eight seconds ahead of Gareth Dawson and short-circuit veteran Tony Sterianos, each on a KTM RC390.

Medell pulled a superb start in Race 2 and sliced across the noses of his two rivals in Turn 1, only for Williams to strike back and lead at the end of lap one, while Friederich held station in third.

The championship leader was back in front at the end of lap two, however, and proceeded to make the race his own – but the spectators’ attention was focused, as before, on the fight for second. Medell got ahead of Williams in mid-race and held a small but crucial advantage until the final lap, when an all-out effort from Williams (and a too-early gearshift by Medell on the run to the line) saw the Green Goblin take the honours by the smallest margin of the day – 0.002s! – while another steady run from Mandix brought him home fourth, 12 seconds adrift.

Lochoff’s KTM had popped a head gasket in Race 1, leaving Dawson and Sterianos to lead home the Powersport B pack, with Saul Turvey and Junior Joubert disputing third right down to the line; Turvey was in front by a scant 0.387s when it counted.

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International Racing News

Catalunya MotoGP test: Gossip, rumour and intrigue

Picture: Bonnie Lane

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow ran a few laps with a new aero package on his LCR Honda but painted in HRC colours, not in any of Lucio Cecchinello’s many and varied sponsor liveries. Both could be indicative that Crutchlow has or is about to sign a new deal with the team but via a direct factory contract with Honda.

Crutchlow has said he has factory options on the table for next year – which most took to mean a change to Aprilia – but it would make more sense if he was to become an HRC man like Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Jack Miller’s contract with the manufacturer comes to an end this season so Crutchlow could either replace or complement his friend in the stable.

Honda team principal Livio Suppo is ready to have six Hondas on the grid in 2018 with Taka Nakagami joining Crutchlow at LCR and Franco Morbidelli or Alex Marquez making the step up to replace Tito Rabat at Marc VDS.

Rabat could make a home for himself at one of the satellite Ducati teams or join fellow Moto2 champion Stefan in exile in WorldSBK – probably at Honda – which would please that series’ chief Daniel Carrera no end. He is desperate for some young, fast and non-British talent to percolate down from the MotoGP paddock.

Speculation abounds as to the future of Sam Lowes in MotoGP, even though boss Romano Albesiano has said his neck isn’t about to the stretched yet. With Crutchlow out of the running and Andrea Iannone confirming he is staying at Suzuki, there are precious few out-of-contract riders left (although Iannone is in the midst of a two-year deal).

Danilo Petrucci is one as is Octo Ducati team-mate Scott Redding and both could be in line should Lowes’ results not achieve the required standard.

Over at Yamaha, Maverick Vinales again experienced a return of pace in testing just one day after a disastrous race in Barcelona. The Spaniard was again at a loss to explain the turnaround in form after just one sleep but the same thing happened at Jerez where he laid the blame squarely at Michelin’s door.

This time – and probably after getting his pants pulled down – he was somewhat more diplomatic: “Today I felt good again on the bike after Friday, Saturday and Sunday with no good feeling. I was riding really good and also, as I was feeling confident, I could push a little bit more the bike on the limit. It was nice to ride good again.

“We try many things on the bike and I was feeling great with all parts. I was doing many 1’45 laps and with 20-25 laps, 1’46 high-‘47 low. So was quite good lap times compared to the race. But anyway it was good that I could make long runs and gain good confidence.”

He and Valentino Rossi spent two days at Montmelo – the second being a private test – evaluating new chassis for the M1 in order to try and eliminate their low grip/high temperature problems.

Monster Yamaha’s Jonas Folger, who was third in the test, also got a new chassis to test. He said it was better under braking but worse on turn-in. Team boss Herve Poncharal said ‘Paf’ before nipping off for a cheeky Pernod.

KTM’s Bradley Smith marmalised his little finger during FP3 on Saturday and because of the infection risk, didn’t race or test. Instead, he did a Sunday grid walk for TV and then spent Monday entertaining his OCD by Hoovering the pit garage. It is not known whether Smith actually suffers from OCD but as a breed, motorcycle racers are lousy with it, so we think he probably has.

While Smith was Wanting To Break Free, team-mate Pol Espargaro got to grips with new chassis and aswingarm. It was a setup they had tested before but discarded – but bosses decided to give it another run out in an attempt to help their riders with tyre life over a race distance.

Test rider Mika Kallio was pleased, although it probably didn’t show: “I did a lot of laps, but I had to get to know the new layout. In the heat the grip was low, so we looked for a way to make better use of the tyres. I tested two new frames and worked on the electronics. In the end I drove a good time. I was not far from Pol. This is important for me.”

'But I have to be sure, When I walk out that door, Oh how I want to be free, baby...'

‘But I have to be sure, When I walk out that door, Oh how I want to be free, baby…’

 

Misano WorldSBK: Melandri takes first win of 2017

Picture: GeeBee Images

Aruba Ducati’s Marco Melandri bounced back from his last-lap crash at Misano yesterday to take victory in today’s second WorldSBK race with Jonathan Rea holding off Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes for second place.

The little Italian spent a majority of the clash behind Althea BMW’s Jordi Torres but managed to sneak past the Spaniard with nine laps left and didn’t look back. Torres had the pace to keep Melandri in sight and looked likely to bag second but with four laps left to run, his S1000RR ceased to function.

Torres breakdown, possibly in both senses, promoted reigning champion Rea to second but Sykes had kept something in his pocket for the final two laps after Rea had pushed past at turn two with seven left. The Huddersfield man closed Rea down on the last lap but just couldn’t find the final two-tenths he needed for second.

Michael Van Der Mark recovered from his faulty tyre crash yesterday to take fourth place but it was another crash for team-mate Alex Lowes. The pair were circulating together after going past Eugene Laverty’s Milwaukee Aprilia and Lowes just asked too much of his front at turn two, sliding into the gravel.

Laverty picked up fifth place as a result of other riders’ incidents and his team-mate Lorenzo Savadori was one place and six seconds further back. Raffaele De Rosa, on the second Althea bike, picked up seventh, Randy Krummenacher eighth with Tati Mercafo and Stefan Bradl completing the top ten.

Leon Camier was forced to retire with a technical problem with seven left while it was heartbreak for Xavi Fores who also retired from second place after only five laps.

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WPMC Advanced Riding School Dates

WPMC Advanced Riding School Dates

 

Saturday Riding School dates 2017

  • 15   July  (afternoon)
    12   August  (afternoon)
    2     September  (afternoon)
    9     December  (afternoon)

Public holiday Riding School dates 2017

 

Mid-week track day dates 2017

 

For morning sessions the registration starts at 08:00 – 08:30

No entries will be accepted after 08:30

School starts at 09:00 – 14:00

For afternoon sessions the registration starts at 12:00 – 13:30

No entries will be accepted after 13:30

School starts at 13:30 – 18:00

NO Race bikes or noisy exhausts allowed.
Current Motorcycle race license holders are not permitted to participate.
Please wear quality protective gear for your own protection

Riders will be required to show a valid drivers licence at registration.

Cost:
R500.00 per rider

WPMC Motorcycle Advanced Riding SchoolDavid Bolding 0832553484
*Please note although we try our best to keep this updated as much as possible this might change without prior notice

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