TWO CLASS VICTORIES FOR SHIMWELLS YAMAHA TEAMS IN HLUHLUWE The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha teams showed once again that they are teams to be reckoned with when they finished on the podium of the Hluhluwe Queen...
TWO CLASS VICTORIES FOR SHIMWELLS YAMAHA TEAMS IN HLUHLUWE
The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha teams showed once again that they are teams to be reckoned with when they finished on the podium of the Hluhluwe Queen Pineapple Off-road Spectacular 400, the fifth round of the ATV Powersport ITP national off-road championship.
Clayton Enslin (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) finished a mere 42 seconds behind the winner, Louwrens Mahoney, and scored his fifth podium position in so many races this season. Enslin, who is still suffering from a hip and lower back injury after a recent crash, endured a lot of pain during the race, but still managed another overall podium position and a second place in the 250cc Class. He lost some time during the race when he hit a pole and his bike died just before the halfway mark while he was lying second. Geoffrey Wolhuter, who is lying second behind him in the overall championship, then passed him and his team-mate, Gray Dick (Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio) caught up to him. But he got his 250cc EPH Shimwells Yamaha going again and caught up with Mahoney, but could not manage to pass him before the finish.
Dick had an eventful race and was lying third overall when the mousse in his rear wheel collapsed again (this happened two years ago also at the Hluhluwe event when he was leading the race). With 50km to go before the finish and with no service points left, he had to race with a flat tyre, but it slowed him down causing Spencer Kriel to pass him and he had to settle for fourth place while he won the Open Class.
Another class victory went to 125cc Class leader, Kenneth Gilbert (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) who won his class for the fourth time this season after a trouble-free run.
Gavin Louw (Shimwells Yamaha) finished third in the 200cc Class while his team-mate, Kyle Poppleton (EPH Shimwells Yamaha), who just made the switch from the 125cc Class to the 200cc Class where he, like Louw, participates with a 250cc four-stroke two-wheeler, finished just behind Louw in fourth place. Zac Botha (Shimwells Yamaha) finished 10th in the 250cc Class after a consistent and trouble-free race.
In the Senior Pro Class, Johnny Lochner (Shimwells Yamaha) finished fifth, but his team-mate, Enzo Chiocchi (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) could not finish the race as he was injured in a head-on collision with another rider. It was Chiocchi's first non-finish of the season.
You bet. Gray Dick had to beat his arch-rival, Darryl Curtis, to make sure he does not loose a R25 000 bet. Dick started the race ahead of Curtis, but when the mousse in his wheel collapsed, he had to race with a flat tyre and could not keep his racing pace which caused Curtis to catch up with him. With 5km to go before the finish, Curtis was on his heels, but Dick won the head-to-head battle to beat Curtis by a just one second! Dick and Curtis have been friends for years and being a good sportsman, Curtis paid Dick the R100 according to the bet.
The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha Teams would like to wish Andrew Ogden a speedy recovery after a crash at Hluhluwe.