Teams Yamaha J'Bay Classic 400 summary

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA FIRST AND THIRD AT J'BAY CLASSIC 400 The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha teams took the first and third overall podium positions at the recent J'Bay Classic 400 when Gray Dick (Shimwells ...

SHIMWELLS YAMAHA FIRST AND THIRD AT J'BAY CLASSIC 400

The Shimwells Yamaha and EPH Shimwells Yamaha teams took the first and third overall podium positions at the recent J'Bay Classic 400 when Gray Dick (Shimwells Yamaha/Panasonic Car Audio) won the inaugural event with his team-mate, Clayton Enslin (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) finishing third overall.

Dick started the race from pole position and although he experienced a scary moment when he crashed and almost went down a cliff, he went on to win his first race of the season. Dick also became the first winner of the Kalahari 1000 which was introduced in 2002 and at the end of that season, he won the overall championship.

Enslin also had a hair-raising experience when he crashed while racing in the dust of a quad competitor while chasing Dick. Dick crashed at the same time and damaged the pipe of his big YZ450, but still checked if his team- mate was OK before he tackled the last part of the race. Enslin, who finished second in the 250cc Class, is still leading the overall championship and the 250cc Class while Dick has moved into the third overall podium position and into the lead in the Open Class Championship.

Gavin Louw (Shimwells Yamaha) was the first 200cc rider off the starting line, but crashed quite hard and lost a lot of time. He eventually finished second in the 200cc Class and 13th overall - a mere 31 seconds behind Michael Spencer in 12th place. His team-mate in the same class, Jade Gutzeit, could unfortunately not participate as he injured his knee during an overseas event.

In the 125cc Class, the young Kenneth Gilbert (EPH Shimwells Yamaha/Wasa Racing) was all set for yet another class victory, but local rider, Juan van Rooyen - who moved from the Open Class to the 125cc Class - beat him to it. Gilbert still raced his heart out and, like at the previous three events, finished in the top 15 to score valuable points towards the overall championship. He was second in the 125cc Class and kept his lead in this class.

Lady Luck went surfing at J'Bay and was not back in time to look after Kyle Poppleton (EPH Shimwells Yamaha). Due to a damaged gearbox, he could not finish the time-trail and was the last competitor to start the main race. But he fought back bravely and finished sixth in the 125cc Class.

The two Senior Pro competitors, Johnny Lochner (Shimwells Yamaha) and Enzo Chiocchi (EPH Shimwells Yamaha) made sure they finish the only national off- road race at the sea. Lochner was fourth in the Senior Pro Class and Chiocchi, who found the race quite difficult, was 17th in his class.

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Drivers Michael Spencer