Dirco starts new motocross season in style
Reigning South African MX85 motocross champion Dirco van der Westhuizen got his new season off to the best possible start with an overall win in the opening round of the Full Throttle-backed World of Motorsport South Africa national championship at Sun City in North West Province on Saturday.
Competing in difficult muddy conditions caused by heavy rain the previous night, the 13-year-old from Pietermaritzburg was unfazed by his step up to the more senior Pro Mini class for the first time. Riding a Portable Shade Honda CRF150R supported by Bridgestone and Supa Quick, he scored a second place in heat one behind team-mate and defending Pro Mini champion Tristan Purdon, a win in heat two and first place overall for the day.
“It was a good day,” said the unassuming grade 10 pupil fromGertMaritzPrimary School, where he is head boy. “Track conditions were very tricky, but I felt very comfortable on the four-stroke Honda and really enjoyed myself.”
In the first of the day’s two six-lap races he challenged team-mate Purdon until he fell while trying to avoid another fallen rider, recovering to finish a convincing second and recording the fastest lap of the race in the process. Third was Joshua Mlimi.
He and Purdon again contested the lead in race two, swopping the number one position until Westhuizen fell while trying hard to regain the advantage. He recovered quickly to catch and pass his Honda team-mate when Purdon’s machine slowed with a flat tyre.
Second and third were Dylan Mostert and Mlimi with Purdon dropping back to 14th and a lap behind at the finish. Van der Westhuizen was again credited with the fastest lap of the race.
The KwaZulu-Natalrider now leads the Pro Mini class points’ standings with 47 points, seven ahead of second-placed Mlimi and eight in front of third-placed Mostert. Reigning champion Purdon is seventh with 34 points.
Van der Westhuizen’s next race is the opening round of the Motorsport South Africa national championship at Syringa Spa on February 25.