On the 13th of February McLarens OFF Road Racing presented itself for round one of the GXCC race series at Bronkhorstspruit.
The riders were all a little nervous especially the novices Barbara, Adel and JohnJack. The team sponsored by McLarens Attorneys was looking good with two McLarens Gazebos (Thank you Gary Nilson) , new shirts, bikes freshly branded and our ace pit boss Russell Campbell winner of national titles in four separate decades.
On arrival the race venue was buzzing with with anticipation and excitement. What was in store from champion racer now turned race director Louwrens Mahoney organizer of the new GXCC series. One thing was for sure, expectations were high from the man with an Irish name from an Afrikaans background, who was determined not to disappoint.
This year there was a new format for the start, hands on head feet on the ground engine running. Interesting to say the least with some spectacular failures off the line. Yours truly was unhappy as I fluffed the start, but managed to get back up to second with some hard racing with in the first three kilometers. Mark Davis our seasoned master started from the second row and drove around the chaos into a good position. Unfortunately Mark retired after two laps with mechanical failure.
Zack da Silva had a great day completing eight or nine laps, two of which he rode with a flat front tyre. At the end there was no doubt that he had given his all and had nothing left to offer.
Our ace photog Craig Barendsen will have the race pics up early next week
All in all a good day with a special word of thanks to Louwrens Mahoney who exceeded our expectations.