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Erasmus and la Grange win in Durban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:11

FlyingRocco Erasmus and Yvette la Grange were almost unbeatable the modified class in Durban's surf. Eight wins in nine heats over three days gave them a comfortable victory in the surf discipline in the Red Square 2010 P750 Inflatable World Championship. Barry Marx and Yolandi van Dijk chased them hard, but had to settle for second place. Consistent finishing by the husband and wife duo of Formyn and Beatrix de Kok gave them the final podium position.

The other competitors, all of whom showed a real turn of speed at times, suffered from mechanical problems or flips in the big surf and were left to fight for the minor placings. Lars Nilsson and Siyabonga Nkumbi were the best of the rest in fourth with Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan in fifth. Collin Gaffney and Bongani Ndesi had to settle for sixth.

 
Swedes win standard class longhaul PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Monday, 13 December 2010 19:32

Tobias Vikstrom and Mattias JarviThe Swedish pair of Tobias Vikstrom and Mattias Jaarvi won the standard class longhaul event on the Vaal River earlier today. For the first half of the race the pair were in second place close behind Gordon and Donovan Butler, but once they got past the South Africans they had a comfortable run to the finish.

Esli Berry and Monica Fouche claimed the final podium position ahead of Tertius Bothma and Monique la Grange. Raynard Berry and Riaan Keyser were fifth.

The Irish duo of Kieth Plummer and Lee Casey were slowly making their way up the field when they were caught out by a sudden gust of wind. The resulting flip put them out of the race.

 
Third day of circuit racing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Monday, 13 December 2010 17:31

The final day of circuit racing in the Red Square 2010 Inflatable World Championship took place at Loch Vaal earlier today. In the modified class Barry Marx and Yolandi van Dijk had not been beaten in the previous two days and today was no different, although Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan did come very close on a couple of occasions.

Consistent driving by Formyn and Beatrix de Kok gave them the final podium position for the day. If Rocco Erasmus and Yvette le Grange had not hit a turn buoy in one of the heats, resulting in their disqualification from that heat, they would have finished better than the fourth place they were credited with.

A similar misfortune befell Lars Nilsson and Siyabonga Nkumbi who ended the day in fifth. Collin Gaffney and Bongani Ndesi had a day they will prefer to forget. Engine problems, then and unexpected swim for Ndesi, meant they ended in sixth.

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Marx and van Dijk take another win PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Sunday, 12 December 2010 18:47

Barry Marx and Jolandi van Dijk continued their run of good form in the Red Square 2010 Inflatable World Championship today when they took another hat-trick of heat wins in the modified class on the second day of competition in the circuit racing discipline.

Behind them, however, things were not as clear cut. Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan, Lars Nilsson and Siyabonga Nkumbi, and Collin Gaffney and Bongani Ndesi all claimed a second place in one heat. Talbot and Jordaan had the best other results, giving them second overall. Nillson and Nkumbi ended the day in third ahead of Gaffney and Ndesi.

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South Africans victorious in first round of circuit racing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Saturday, 11 December 2010 19:17

Lars Nillson & Siybonga NkumbiSouth African crews top the points tables in all three classes after the first day of circuit racing in the Red Square 2010 Inflatable World Championship. Barry Marx and Jolandi van Dijk lead the modified class, dZjan Schutte and Anzel Janse van Vuuren the blueprints with Gordon and Donovan Butler heading the standard class table.

Barry Marx and Yolandi van Dijk put the engine problems they suffered in yesterday’s longhaul race behind them, taking victory in all three of today’s modified class heats. Two second places and a four position gave Swede Las Nillson and Siybonga Nkumbi second overall for the day with steady drives from yesterday’s winners, Formyn and Beatrix de Kok, ensuring third overall.

In the blueprint class dZjan Schutte and Anzel Janse van Vuuren were just beaten to the flag in the final heat, but wins in the first two made sure they took the overall victory for the day. Leon Kruger and Tiaan Janse van Rensburg ended the day in second with Hilton Otto and Rudi van Wyk taking the final podium position.

Brothers Gordon and Donovan Butler blotted their perfect record in the third heat, a spin dropping them down to seventh place. They did take the overall win however, thanks to their victories in the first two heats. Second, on a count out, were Tertius Bothma and Monique la Grange while Elsi Berry and Monica Fouche ended the day in third.

 


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