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 Walkerville  &  S.A. News,  2016

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4.12.2016, Walkerville Oval:  Brill Brothers win Best Pairs
   Brothers Ashley and Robin Brill won the 2016 Best Pairs competition at the Walkerville Oval from Neil Pettit and John Sullivan in this, the final race meeting of year. In just his one track appearance of the season Brill minor followed home big brother Ashley in each of their 3 heats, the pair conceding points only to Pettit, in the first race of the day, and foregoing the bonus point in the Final when the latter split the pairing but couldn't chase down Ashley B. who finished with a personal score of 11pts from their winning total of 20.
    The Flat Track class was won by Cavan Farrell with 3 wins from 4 rides, after he and new bride Michelle trailed the field in Ht.4, no doubt with other matters on their minds: the couple had opened the day's meeting by tying the knot on the track, the site of their first encounter a year ago. Everyone at the Walkerville club wishes them well in their new life together.   CCJ    Full Results  

The newly-weds are seen together, right, at 
an earlier Walkerville race meeting.
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           WSRC's  Next Events,   concluding the 2016 Season : -
Next  Sunday  DECEMBER 4th
Race meeting: 

Speedway Best Pairs Contest
Your favourite solo speedway riders will be paired up to challenge the other duos with the object of using track-craft to maximise their points at the expense of the opposition.

  Quads, Flat-Trackers and PeeWees will complement the Solo Speedway heats in a full and thrilling race programme to see out the year.                      
Tapes up at 13H00. Be there !

    And to continue the 'pairing' theme, you will also be bearing witness to two of our Flat Track riders who will be tying the knot on the trackGizmo (aka Michelle G,) and Caveman (aka Cavan F,) are tying the knot on the 4th of December.... The first race of the last race for the year.... Where it all began a year ago....
        Come and join us on their special union, 

                       -  not to be missed !
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( Practice will take place on Saturday, 3rd Dec. starting at around 11AM.  A R70 practice fee is charged for riders who attend.)

Saturday  DECEMBER 10th


Annual Year-End Function,
Regent Hill Bowling Club,
10.12.2016
            

The WSRC's annual End-of-Season function will again be held at the Regent Hill Bowling Club, 5th Avenue, The Hill, on SATURDAY 10th December.

Member will not be charged for their ticket, however, non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee of R90.00 per head, which includes a buffet dinner and entertainment. 
A cash bar will operate.

 For tickets email Donna at donnadevine04@live.com They will also be on sale at the track at the upcoming Best Pairs race day being held on Dec.4th.  For any further information, please don't hesitate to contact
Donna Devine on 078 668 5816
               
or donnadevine04@live.com .

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27.11.2016  Walkerville, Gauteng, RSA: - Nunes Takes the Buddy Fuller Trophy; 
                    -  Konrad Britz Secures his Second National Sidecar Championship
   Gio Nunes made another appearance at the Walkerville track and showed he'd lost none of his old style to take top prize, the Buddy Fuller Memorial Trophy, at this month's 'Legends of the Past' event.  Nunes dropped just one point in his opening ride, conceding first place to Mario van der Merwe, but thereafter went unbeaten to score 15 points from his 4 rides, (scoring being 4,3,2,1 in each heat.)
    It was an expensive meeting for Neil Pettit, after hitting the tyre wall in the same opening heat. With bent forks, frame and broken wheel Pettit was unable to continue in the meeting and now faces a race against the clock to get repairs undertaken for the next meeting just 7 days away on Dec. 4th, the last event of the season. Winner of the 'B' Final, Kian Lawrenson, was awarded the Henry Long Trophy.

   The third and final round of the S.African National Dirt Track Sidecar Championship was won on the day by the unbeaten Konrad Britz, which made him the clear overall winner of the title with an aggregate 27pts, his second consecutive National success. The Norris brother, Nick, Daniel and Keith, (seen Lt to Rt below,) again dominated the Flat Track class, between them taking the first 3 place in every heat, Keith's 3 wins giving him top prize money.   CCJ   Full Results

   

 
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Sidewinders Bash, Nov. 5th 2016

Action from the Sidewinders event of Nov. 5th, (photography by Jay Pinheiro;  No results available.)
    - Gio Nunes, Marcus v.d.Merwe and Peter Buck shoot from the tapes.


           - Marcus van der Merwe                                                Mario van der Merwe

           - Gio Nunes                                                                               Mac Magill

    -  Flat  track action.

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30.10.2016, Walkerville, Gauteng: Quads & Flat Track Day
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    Today's meeting at the Walkerville Oval was the Quads & Flat Track Day, including the introduction of a Ladies FT class. Speedway racing, with solo and sidecar machines, returns in 6 days time, - SATURDAY, Nov.5th - ,  for the Sidewinders Bash.  Results were as follows: -

Flat Track,  A-class
 1st place:  Nick Norris - 14 pts
2nd place:  Cavan Farrell - 12 pts
3rd place:  Daniel Norris - 9 pts
4th place:  Keith Norris - 5 pts
5th place:  Christo van Vuuren - 0 pts


Quads:
1st Place - Eugene van der Berg - 8 pts
2nd place - Angeline Swanepoel - 5 pts
3rd place - Ewald van Straaten  - 2 pts.


Flat Track,  B-class
1st place:  Xander Moe
- 14 pts
2nd place:  Lance Curtis - 12 pts
3rd place:  William van Vuuren - 8 pts
4th place:  Craig Crous - 6 pts
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Ladies Flat Track
1st Place:  Max de Beer    -  8 pts
2nd place"  Michelle Grobler - 4 pts
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Pee Wees:
1st place:  Juan Craig - 14 pts
2nd place:  Triston Botha - 8 pts
3rd place:  Louis van Vuuren - 5 pts.

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                 Michelle & Max,                                          . . . and with their 'No Boil' trophies,( plus Cavan Farrell )

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16.10.2016: European Speedway End of Season Round-Up
  With the last national Individual Championship concluded in Vladivostok last week, all European championships are now settled.   On the league front, all except the UK's minor league champions are known.
Results are as follows: 
 
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
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Sweden
Denmark
Poland
Germany
Czech Republic
Russia
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USA
Australia
New Zealand
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION
Danny King
- U21 Josh Bates
- U19  Max Clegg
Andreas Jonsson
Niels Kristian Iversen
Patryk Dudek
Martin Smolinski
Vaclav Milik
Grigory Laguta

Billy Janniro
Brady Kurtz
Jason Bunyan
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
EL – Wolverhampton
PL – Somerset
NL – Birmingham
Rospiggarna
Region Varde
Stal Gorzow
Landshut
ZP Pardubice
Vladivostok

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    Wolverhampton Wolves, with their time-served triumvirate of Karlsson, Lindgren and late recall Woffinden, finally put a stop to the hold of the Pirates of Poole on the Elite League title, beating table toppers Belle Vue Aces 96 - 86 in the Play-Offs. The Aces have taken on a new lease of life this season after their relocation to the new purpose built National speedway Stadium adjacent to their previous Greyhound Stadium home. Polish champs Stal Gorzow have their own trio of Grand Prix riders, Zagar, Iversen and Zmarzlik to thank for the title, while Danish champs Regio Varde of Outrup relied on Aussie riders Troy Bachelor, Max Fricke and Sam Masters for their success.  CCJ


Next Event at Walkerville Oval:  Sat. October 8th 2016  -  Speedway Open Day

              Your chance to try riding speedway, - solo or sidecar.  Bring your helmet.
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Speedway and sidecar training school at Walkerville showgrounds raceway on Saturday 08th Oct. from 12 to 4pm.
If you are interested and serious about having a ride on a speedway bike or a speedway sidecar then come along. 
The track GPS co-ordinates are   S26 24 17   E27 57 48.   Bring your own protective gear :  No helmet no ride.


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25.9.2016 Walkerville RSA:   Mario van der Merwe takes First Title


   Mario van der Merwe took his first major title
on Sunday by claiming the Gauteng Regional Championship, thanks to consistency across the 2 rounds of the competition and a total of 15 points. Top scorer on the day was Neil Pettit, unbeaten, whilst February's round 1 winner, Ashley Brill, could only manage 5pts. Young Kian Lawrenson was top Junior rider, and Juan Craig was also unbeaten in the PeeWee class events.
   Kallie Britz showed that experience pays as he and chair-man JP Botha inched ahead of son Konrad and Dawi Thomas with a score of 18 points to claim the Regional Sidecar championship.
  CCJ  Scores  (Flat Track results to follow as available.) 
Photos: Gallery p.1. 
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S.African Speedway Rider Portraits
A new collage, featuring South African speedway rider portraits from the '70s to mid '00s era, including all National Champions for those years, can be seen on Gallery p.3,  this to complement an earlier array of post-war SA stars.       CCJ,  6.9.2016

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28.8.016  Walkerville, S.Africa: - Pettit takes the Golden Helmet for Record 5th Time
                                                     - Hilliar leads the Sidecar SA National
    Neil Pettit rode unbeaten in the re-staged Danie Fourie Golden Helmet senior speedway competition today to claim the trophy for a record fifth time.
Mario van der Merwe claimed 2nd prize, suffering defeats only to Pettit, while brother Marcus won the 'B' grade Final from veteran Peter Buck.
    Former Sidecar champs Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar and chair-man Gordon Raath extended their lead in the 2016 championship with 2 wins from 3 rides. Hilliar had to concede Ht.1 to Konrad and Kallie Britz but had no problems in his following heats, unlike Britz Snr. who had to withdraw from the last sidecar heat with engine problems. Hilliar now leads the SA National with 19pts to Konrad Britz's 11. 
    At the opposite end of the power range, PeeWee Juan Craig was again unbeaten, while Keith Norris took first prize in the Flat Track 'A' class events.  CCJ   FULL RESULTS


6.8.2016 
Walkerville:   A few shots from the
Stof-Skop, Fun Day
          Broadsiding pillion, Skinny van Schalkwyk,(with video camera in hand !)  courtesy of Neil Pettit.

      Damien Devine & Marcus van der Merwe




Photography: Hannes Bronkhorst
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31.7.2016, Walkerville: Golden Helmet & Silver Sash
    Circumstances and other events on the day reduced the rider turnout at the annual WSRC meeting for the Silver Sash and Golden Helmet trophies at the Walkerville Oval such that the senior trophy award, the Danie Fourie Golden Helmet, was postponed to a later date. Winner of the Silver Sash for junior/ class 'B' riders was Kian Lawrenson (left,) with 8pts, whilst the Peewees' Gold Helmet was taken by Juan Craig.
    Premier riders Mario v.d.Merwe and
Neil Pettit, (seen rt. with webmaster CCJ), rode off 150 metres (half-lap) handicap but still had little difficulty in chasing down the field to take the chequered flag, Pettit scooping the prize money with 2 wins and 2 second places for 14 pts.
  In the Sidecar Speedway class Konrad Britz took the honours with 2 wins from 3 races. 
VIDEO   Nick Norris took the 'A' class Flat Track prize money from brother Keith, with newcomer James Monarch unbeaten in the 'B' class races. Justin & Steve Swanepoel were the top Quad riders. CCJ   FULL RESULTS
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1.5.2016  Walkerville: - SideWinders pip Rebels in Team Challenge,
                                     -  Hilliar eyes Sidecar National.



     Team racing returned to the Walkerville Oval, south of Joburg when in the Speedway class Walkerville Sidewinders pipped the Southern Rebels by the slenderest of margins, thanks to a first heat 5-1 from Mario van der Merwe and Neil Pettit, that bonus point making all the difference to winning or loosing. And in the Flat Track category, where team racing was run for the first time in this class, the 5-man squad lead by unbeaten Lyle Kotze triumphed over a team headed by their top scorer Hamish Harvey.
  Rt: Gio Nunes, Jannie de Jager and Neil Pettit.
                                   
            
     There were a significant number of falls in the speedway heats during the afternoon, starting with Rebel's skipper Lyle Kotze's first ride, - which proved to be his only dropped points of the day from all classes, speedway and Flat Track. In the next heat it was young Brad Devine that took a tumble, suffering no damage to himself but putting his machine out of commission. Heat 12 turned out to be the most alarming event on the programme which, after 5 re-starts, had to be conceded and abandoned, as first Jannie de Jager and then substitute Marcus v.d. Merwe hit the dirt, the latter flipping at the gate. At the time of writing he awaits an x-ray of his back, though serious injury is considered unlikely. Pettit, Brill and DJ Devine each also took turns to sample the dirt.
     Today's programme also included the staging of Round One of the S.A. Dirt Oval Sidecar Speedway Championship, which 2011 champ Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar, (seen leading, below,) partnered by Gordon Raath, had no difficulty in securing from current holder Konrad Britz with another unbeaten 12pt. score. In a limited Quads field Bryan Herbst from Kempton Park took the prize money from son Dylan Herbst.     
CCJ . 
     
Full results and Heat details      Photos: Jay Pinheiro
     


    Lyle Kotze (blue) chases Hamish Harvey (red)           PeeWee Blake Levey                         Quads in action.                 
                                                  
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30.7.2016, Belle Vue, UK:   Poland are World Champions
    A young Polish squad took their 7th. FIM Speedway World Cup win in Manchester with a score of 39 points. Hosts Great Britain, who won silver for the first time since 2004, scored 32, last year’s winners Sweden 30, and Australia, winner of the previous night's Race-Off, 22.
    In the Friday night Race-Off the Aussies were never headed after the opening heat, even after loosing Max Fricke following a fall in his first ride, but it still came down to a last heat decider with just one point between them and Denmark. Jason Doyle made the gate and it was all over, as he completed his unbeaten 5-ride maximum.
    With Greg Hancock pulling out of the meeting the USA team were just there to make up the numbers, European virgins Nichols' and Becker's score sheets mere lines of ducks: Edinburgh's Ryan Fisher made two second places for 6 of the States' 9pt. total.
    Top individual scorers: Emil Sayfutdinov of Russia and Danish skipper Niels Kristain Iversen with 16pts each from 6 rides and Tacticals.  VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
    In the Saturday Final Sweden started well, holding the lead until the half-way stage while Gt.Britain languished in 4th. But a 6pt. tactical ride by skipper Tai Woffinden in Ht.12 saw the Brits' fortunes change, and with further heat wins from Craig Cook and British Champ Danny King, (excluded for tape-breaking in his first ride,) the home team held off the Swede and Aussie riders in the last heat for the Silver medal.
    Notwithstanding, it has to be acknowledged that Woffinden's 19pts accounted for 2/3rd. of GB's total, but  team-manager Alun Rossiter's gamble, (seen rt. with Tai Woffinden,) with young blood at the expense of former British champs Nicholls and Harris has, he will feel, been vindicated, as they stood on the podium for the first time in 10 years.
For Poland their first-time skipper Piotr Pawlicki took two wins from the World Champ after a pointless first ride, and only once more did they fail to score in a heat, while the Swedes slipped away after their successful early start.
    After the medal presentations Tai Woffinden picked a young girl out of the crowd, brought her down on to the podium and put the medal around her neck. “It has probably made her happy for a couple of weeks, and she’ll remember it for the rest of her life.”     CCJ    VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


FIM WORLD CUP RACE-OFF, Belle Vue, Friday
AUSTRALIA 44: Jason Doyle 15, Sam Masters 12, C. Holder 9, Brady Kurtz (res) 6, Max Fricke 2.
DENMARK 41: N.K. Iversen 16, Michael Jepsen Jensen 11, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Leon Madsen 7.
RUSSIA 32: Emil Sayfutdinov 16, Grigorii Laguta 7, Artem Laguta 5, Andrei Kudriashov 4.
USA 9: Ryan Fisher 6, Billy Janniro 3, Luke Becker 0, Broc Nicol 0.
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP FINAL, Belle Vue, Saturday
Poland = 39
1. Piotr Pawlicki 0, 3, 2, 2, 3 = 10          2. Bartosz Zmarzlik 1, 3, 3, 1, 3    = 11
3. Patryk Dudek 3, 1, 1, 2, 3 = 10         4. Krzysztof Kasprzak 1, 3, 2, 0, 2 = 8
Great Britain = 32
1. Craig Cook 1, 0, 0, 3, 1   = 5            2. Tai Woffinden 3, 2, 3, 6^, 3, 2 = 19
3. Danny King T, 0, 2, 3       = 5            4. Robert Lambert 1, 1, 0, 1, 0    = 3

Sweden = 30
1. Andreas Jonsson 3, 2, 0, 1, 2 = 8     2. Antonio Lindback 3, 2, 1, 0          = 6
3. Peter Ljung 2, 1, 1, 1, 1          = 6     4. Freddie Lindgren 2, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1 = 10

Australia = 22  
1. Jason Doyle 0, 3, 2, X^, 2      = 7       2. Josh Grajczonek 0, 0, 0       = 0
3. Chris Holder 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 0  = 10      4. Sam Masters 2, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0 = 5

Action from Ht.3 of Friday's Race-Off at Belle Vue, Manchester:
- Sam Masters (Aus) leads Emil Sayfutdinov (Rus) and Kenneth Bjerre (Dk) with Broc Nicol (USA) on the outside.

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Walkerville action from the Team Challenge meeting of May 1st, 2016
                        (videos courtesy of Bryan Herbst.)                         
  Video1 
Speedway action, Ht.10, Lyle Kotze wins from behind after DJ Devine remounts from a tumble.
  Video 2 
Sidecar action, Ht.11, '2Dogz' Hilliar out of sight in front, leads by a full straight's length.
  Video 3 
Flat Track action, Ht, 14, Kotze works thru the field to take the lead from Hamish Harvey on Lap 4, and then lap the tail-enders on Lap 5 before taking the chequered flag once more.

Click for captioned SLIDESHOWS : 
               Solo Speedway                                                                             Sidecar Speedway


WSRC's NEXT MEETING  -  The Danie Fourie  GOLDEN HELMET                                     
            Sunday  July 31st 2016   Walkerville Showground
 
Speedway, Sidecar Speedway, Flat Track, Quads, PeeWees  -  Come and join us. Racing starts 13:00HRS.    
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26.6.2016, Walkerville Oval: Team Bekker win Monarch's 'Race to Remember'
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     Held in memory of sidecar racers Mike Carson and Des Bekker, solos speedway team 'Captain Bekkie' repeated their success of last year to again win the 2016 'Race to Remember' from the 'Spider Mike' quartet, but found it a much tighter contest this time round.
     Making his first appearance on the track since last November Byron Bekker returned North from his new domicile in Port Elizabeth to ride for the family name and once more proved to be unbeatable with 3 straight wins. But when Neil Pettit and Mario v.d. Merwe took Team Spider Mike into the lead with a 5-1 in the fourth speedway heat it was down to Lyle Kotze and Jannie de Jager to redress the balance with a 5-1 of their own and put Team Bekkie back in front. Former Heathen Bekker then sealed the result with a 3-3 win over the previously successful Pettit/van der Merwe pairing, - Pettit's only dropped point to the opposition - , for a 19-17 result.
     Five sidecar speedway crews turned out to race for their own Golden Boot trophy, (following last month's solo speedway and Peewee GB competitions.) John Allsop returned to the track after having sustained a broken foot in February's meeting and succeeded in relegating the father and son Britz combinations down the score chart but he had no answer to the faster machine of Derrick Hilliar (top left,) who was once more unbeatable, scooping the Golden Boot prize with ease.
     Switching between speedway and Flat Track machines, Lyle Kotze (bottom left) topped the score chart of the latter class with 2 wins and a second, with the Norris clan of Nick, Keith and Daniel taking the following places. Amongst the Peewees, Blake Levey now has some real competition in the person of Juan Craig, who took the chequered flag in 2 of their 3 encounters, while newcomer Evan Scorgie was first-placed in the Quad Banshee class, and Michael Bosman took the 450 Quad prize money after dead-heating with Angelina Swanepoel in their final ride.   CCJ    Full Results & Heat Details.

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      Ht.2:  Byron Bekker leads Mario v.d.Merwe and Lyle Kotze                            


                  Lyle Kotze                                                               Brad Devine chases Jannie de Jager

  Sidecars at the gate for Ht.4:  John Allsop,  Wayne Whittaker,  Konrad Britz 

       Derrick '2dogz' Hilliar & Gordon Raath                                       Wayne Whittaker & Darren Stone

      FTs and Quads in trouble!

                                                                                                              Photography by Jay Pinheiro and Gizmo Snaps

           Below, a unique speedway shot taken from Neil Pettit's machine during Ht.10,
                     - NP ahead of Spider team-mate Mario v.d.Merwe and Bekkie's Lyle Kotze.


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 NEXT MEETING at WALKERVILLE


Inventory of South African Speedway Tracks

      Now posted on the History page is a comprehensive list and accompanying summary article of all dirt track speedway sites known to have staged motorcycle speedway in the country since its introduction in the late 1920s.

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29.5.2016, Walkerville:  Van Der Merwe takes the Golden Boot

    Mario van der Merwe made a clean sweep of the speedway heats at the Walkerville Raceway to secure the Boet Strydom Golden Boot trophy from runner-up, Mac Magill.  Making one of his limited appearances, Magill, a former SA National winner, was unfortunate to suffer a machine problem in his third ride but was otherwise unbeaten until he met up with Mario v.d.M. in the final race of the day. Ashley Brill, the other challenger for the trophy, likewise had a good meeting until hitting the dirt dramatically in the 'A' Final, (below, between Mac and Mario,) having conceded his only point to the day's winner in Ht.1 at that point. Blake Levey took the Junior trophy in the PeeWee class.
    In the Flat Track class, newcomers to Walkerville excelled, with MX rider William Sutherland (212 below,
sliding speedway style round Nick and Keith Norris, 412 & 806,) proving unbeaten on his first appearance, to be followed home by the Norris clan, Nick, Daniel and Keith, (photo'd in group shot below,) in overall follow-up places respectively.
    The Swanepoel family were dominant on the Quads, winning all heats, Banshee and 450s, between them. Siblings Steve and Angeline took 2 of the 3 Banshee podium places, split by Wesley Smidt. Angie also took 3rd spot in the 450s class, where cousin Justin missed his first race, - won by Angie - , but was unbeaten in his only 2 rides of the day.  CCJ    Full results.
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    Action photos: Jay Pinheiro    Hannes Bronkhorst    See also Gallery p.1


.       Above    Ht.1:    Ashley Brill goes for the inside of Mario v.d.Merwe
 



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Hannes Bronkhorst Photography
        Mac Magill & Bobby Devine;       Marcus & Mario van der Merwe;      Brad Devine  & Konrad Britz

        PeeWee class:   Blake Levey,      Lohan le Roux,       Juan Craig,
                                            Triston Botha,     Natasha Viktor


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  More from
Jay Pinheiro :    Solo & Sidecar Speedway   (Click for captioned SLIDESHOWS)              
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Next Meeting at Walkerville -
 - This SUNDAY, May 29th, 2016
   Boet Strydom's Golden Boot

Watch the WSRC racers fight it out for
the coveted Golden Boot Trophy,
kindly donated by Boet Strydom.
More than 20-plus heats of Solo and Sidecar Speedway, Flat Track and Quad Bike racing for just  R20 p/p, (kiddie enter free.)

Join us by homing in on location
S26 24 17  E27 57 48


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Walkerville action from the Team Challenge meeting of May 1st, 2016

                        (videos courtesy of Bryan Herbst.)                         
  Video1 
Speedway action, Ht.10, Lyle Kotze wins from behind after DJ Devine remounts from a tumble.
  Video 2 
Sidecar action, Ht.11, '2Dogz' Hilliar out of sight in front, leads by a full straight's length.
  Video 3 
Flat Track action, Ht, 14, Kotze works thru the field to take the lead from Hamish Harvey on Lap 4, and then lap the tail-enders on Lap 5 before taking the chequered flag once more.


                      Flat Track,   PeeWees,   and Quads  

   All photos courtesy of Jay Pinheiro     


        Next Meeting at Walkerville -
          - SUNDAY May 1st, -
Walkerville Wizards v. Southern Rebels
            FREE ADMISSION

    Gauteng dirt-oval race fans have been denied their fix of the smell of methanol and Castrol R for a few weeks now but can look forward soon to the resumption of speedway racing at the Walkerville Oval.
    On May Day, Sunday 1st. May a full programme of solo and sidecar speedway plus Quads, Flat Tracks and PeeWee machines will be run, including return of the ever-popular speedway team racing when the  Walkerville Wizards take on the Southern Rebels.
  - Please notice that, in conjunction with the 'Tour de Walkerville',
            spectator admission to the meeting is FREE !

  - Licensed bar on site, as well as take-away outlets for drinks & food.
  - Join us by homing in on location    S26 24 17  E27 57 48 .   See you all there !

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w/e 16.4.2016: Action shots from the past

       at Sturrock Park, Dunswart and Walkerville
    More action and portrait images from the not-too distant past have come our way recently, -
riders from the '80s, '90s and '00s at local tracks.    See the likes of Swart, Meier, Stafani, Magosi, Simpson, Kent, Compton, Richter, Naude etc. on Gallery pages 2 and 3.


20.3.2016, Inzell, Germany: Khomitsevich Finally takes the Ice Speedway World Crown.

    After 4 bronze medals in the past 4 years Russia's Dmitri Khomitsevich finally took the Ice Speedway World Championship title in Inzell by scoring one last point in the last race of the 10 Ice Gladiators series meetings. He thus beat last year's champ Dmitri Koltakov by a single point, 174 to 173.
     Both riders had gone into the final day level on points, and although Koltakov put in a powerful performance to win the Final,
Khomitsevich, with maximum points from the heats, held off the challenge of Daniil Ivanov the 2013 & 2014 champ, to just do enough and secure third place and that elusive title by the narrowest of margins. Ivanov, came third overall with 165 points. These 3 Russians have now monopolized the rostrum for 4 years.
Top non-Russian rider was Austria's Franky Zorn, in 6th place with 115pts, followed a long way behind by Swedish champion Stefan Svensson on 68pts. The Khomitsevich family now share 2 Gold medals, elder  brother Vitali Khomitsevich having taken the title in 2003.  CCJ
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5.3.2016:  Walkervillle Speedway at Ink & Iron,

Walkerville riders turned out with their bikes, 10 in all, to man a stand at the 'Ink & Iron' event in Regents Park, Joburg to promoted the club and its activities.

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  'SuperBike South Africa' :        January Article,
  "Classics 7 - Speedway"

   The speedway article in the January edition of  'SuperBike  South Africa' that preceded and triggered the February edition feature on speedway racing at Walkerville (to be seen below,) is reproduced here, courtesy of the editor, Clinton Pienaar. CCJ
 (narrative and photos separated.)

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28.2.2016, Walkerville, Gauteng:  Brill leads the Regional Championship
    Ashley Brill (left) returned to the track at Walkerville to take top spot at this month's speedway meeting, round 1 of the Regional championship. He conceded his first race of the year on the dirt oval to Mario v.d.Merwe, today's runner-up, before proceeding to take the chequered flag in his remaining rides. Younger v.d.Merwe, brother Marcus, came in third on the day. Winner of the consolation 'B' Final was Kian Lawrenson.
     Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar (rt.) took 3 wins from 4 rides in the 3-wheel class but John Alsop, having returned to sidecar racing this season after a few years absence, was unfortunate to suffer a broken foot in his last ride. In the non-championship events Hennie Human was unbeaten in the Flat Track class, while Michael Bosman and Steven Swanepoel swept the board in the Quad events with Angeline Swanepoel winning the dedicated Ladies Quad heats.   CCJ   FULL RESULTS

                 Speedway Regional Champ. events, - Solo & Sidecar action  (Photography by Jay Pinheiro:)
                     - Other non-Regional classes: Flat Track, Quads, PeeWee.                     
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WSRC AGM, 6.2.2016.
    The AGM of the Walkerville Speedway Club was held on Saturday February 6th 2016 at the Walkerville Showground.  The following new committee membership was resolved;
- Clyde Devine (chairman), Bobby Devine (vice chairman,) Donna Devine (Secretary,) Pat Pettit (treasurer.);
- Riders reps: Neil Pettit (Speedway), Derrick Hilliar (Sidecars), Lance Curtis (Flat track), Carryn Vuurman (Quads,)  PeeWee’s - tba,
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    As of this date, the club has a credit balance, which is earmarked for track upgrades. A constitution change was agreed that, should the need arise, moneys would be held in trust, to revert subsequently to the sport for the interests of Speedway.
    Club memberships to be paid by the end of March. Membership cards to be handed out to members who have paid their yearly subs. Riders who do not pay will not have points counted towards the club championships.
    Practice days will stay as stated for 2016, – the preceding Saturdays, (except Nov.) Practice times firmly fixed between 11:00hrs and 15:00hrs.  At 15:00, the track will be graded for the next day’s race meeting, Peter Buck to be involved.
    Racing due for 24th April rescheduled to 1st May, the Tour de Walkerville. The possibility of 'Away track' races to be investigated.

    PP to address a number of issues with AgSoc.
    All people entering the venue on race days including riders & pit crew are to be charged the R20 entrance fee.  Riders will then be given a card which can be handed in at sign-in to claim the R20 discount on their race fees. The cards will be given to the gate Marshal who will reimburse the sign-in Marshal.  CCJ
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February 2016  
SuperBike South Africa” article, 
   
'The Ride to Slide', by Gareth Davidson, photos Clinton Pienaar




   The following article and accompanying photo shots are reproduced from the monthly 'Superbike South Africa' magazine, February 2016 issue, courtesy of editor C. Pienaar.
CCJ
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31.1.2016 Walkerville: Van der Merwe wins Summer Challenge.
      On a day of low rider turnout Mario van der Merwe took the prize money from second place man Neil Pettit after the latter took a fall whilst leading in the first race of the day. Sidecar numbers exceeded both the speedway and Flat Track fields and though picking up first prize Derick Hiiliar had to concede a heat defeat to Walkerville returnee John Alsop & Wayde, recipients of 2nd place prize money.
     Another new face, Hermanus Viviers, topped the Banshee Quads class with 39pts whilst honours were pretty much even between the ladies, each winning a race apiece.  CCJ    FULL RESULTS

     Photography: Hannes Bronkhorst :         Neil Pettit                          Waylin Kruger      . . . and more,-  click below
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  Next Meeting at Walkerville -
   - SUNDAY Jan 31st, -
    just a few days away !

    The first speedway meeting of 2016 is just a few days away now, as the WSRC prepares for their opening 'Summer Challenge' on Sunday, 31st. More than 20-plus heats of Solo and Sidecar Speedway, Flat Track and Quad Bike racing for just R20 p/p, (kiddie enter free.)

   Join us by homing in on
location
       
S26 24 17  E27 57 48
  
       (Riders' practice day: Sat. 30th.)


Walkerville 2016 Fixtures

    The full list of meetings at the Walkerville Oval has now been published and can be seen on the Fixtures & Results page.
   The first meeting of the season will be on Sunday Jan. 31st when all classes turn out for the Summer Challenge event. We look forward to seeing you all there.
 In a change to previous years, practice days in 2016 will
no longer be the week prior to the event but be the preceding day, Saturdays, except Nov.2016, when practice date will be Sat.19th. November.  Re-affirmed at AGM Feb.6th. with fixed hours of 11:00 to 15:00Hrs.
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4.1.2016  Shadrinsk, Russia:  Krasnikov wins again
   Nikolai Krasnikov claimed his 7th Russian National Ice Speedway championship this morning to complement his 8 world titles. Having dropped just 2 points in the first 3 rounds and being relatively unassailable, he eased off in Rd.4 for a mere 8pts, the title assured, -  the best 3 scores from 4 are counted. Having taken his 8th consecutive World Championship by the age of 27 in 2012, Krasnikov no longer competes on the international scene, the Russians still apparently racing to the party line. CCJ
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2016: The WSRC wishes all its riders and followers

a Happy & Healthy New Year

    Details of forthcoming meetings of the WSRC at the Walkerville Oval will be posted here and on the Fixtures & Results page in the course of the next few days as the 2016 season is formulated.
 
     (Provisional date of the first fixture is Sun. 31st Jan. tbc.)
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