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KZN motorsport roars into 2017 at Dezzi Raceway


This coming Saturday (4 February) sees the first KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club’s regional and club championship meeting of 2017 at Dezzi Raceway just south of Port Shepstone.

There's a full programme for cars and motorcycles kicking off at 07:20 with practice for the Porsche Challenge and finishing up with the second Supermotard race at 16:45. For those who can only get there late in the morning, the first race takes place at 11h20.

The club and regional championship rules are pretty flexible compared with those in national championship racing, with two and sometimes three classes running together and riders and drivers moving up to the next category as their performances improve.

This makes for exciting racing and the relatively short races add to the fun. In the motorcycle categories, for instance, the need to conserve tyres is not as big a factor as it is in national and international racing. 

Motorcycles are divided into three main groups. The Breakfast Run class is made up of relatively inexperienced riders on 600cc and 1 000cc superbikes, while Formula Extreme caters for faster riders. The technical specs are exactly the same with very few restrictions on modifications and the rider's ability is what counts.

 Once a Breakfast Run rider's lap times dip below a certain point, he is no longer eligible for that class, but can race exactly the same bike in the Formula Extreme class at the next event. This all makes for exciting racing, with lots of passing throughout the field.

Dezzi Raceway is a relatively short circuit which adds to the fun because a 130 horsepower 600cc Supersport machine in the right hands can be quicker around the track than a 200 horsepower superbike. Other motorcycle classes include Supermotards in their own races, and NSF 100, 150 and 150cc Masters running together.

Car classes include Modified and Super Modified saloons lumped together, and Open Wheels / Super GTs / Legends sharing the track.

Des Gutzeit spent a lot of his own money building the first decent racetrack in KwaZulu-Natal since the Roy Hesketh Circuit was shut down in 1981. Ladies will be pleased to hear that he's invested even more and there are now flush toilet blocks at various points around the circuit. There are various food stalls run by charities, but spectators are free to bring their own cool-boxes, braais and deck chairs and set up anywhere around the circuit.

The pits are open to spectators, but no smoking or drinking of alcohol is allowed in the demarcated area. Entrance is R80 with teenagers and pensioners paying R50, while under twelves are free.

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