The Mad Mac's team, from left, JP Friederich, Trevor Westman, Wesley Jones and Warren Guantario celebrate their win. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
The Mad Mac's team, from left, JP Friederich, Trevor Westman, Wesley Jones and Warren Guantario celebrate their win. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Otto Racing's teenage stars, from left, Zante Otto, Kewyn Snyman and Ricardo Otto came back from 12th to finish second. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Otto Racing's teenage stars, from left, Zante Otto, Kewyn Snyman and Ricardo Otto came back from 12th to finish second. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
The VanBros Racing family, from left, Nicholas van der Walt, Bjorn Estment, Slade van Niekerk and Aran van Niekerk, posted 534 laps to finish third. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
The VanBros Racing family, from left, Nicholas van der Walt, Bjorn Estment, Slade van Niekerk and Aran van Niekerk, posted 534 laps to finish third. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Otto Racing's Kewyn Snyman (54) leads Aran van Niekerk on the VanBros Racing CBR150 (45) off the traditional Le Mans start. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Otto Racing's Kewyn Snyman (54) leads Aran van Niekerk on the VanBros Racing CBR150 (45) off the traditional Le Mans start. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Aran van Niekerk (VanBros, 42) leads Dorren Loureiro (Greased Lightning, 20) and Kewyn Snyman (Otto Racing, 54) in the early stages. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Aran van Niekerk (VanBros, 42) leads Dorren Loureiro (Greased Lightning, 20) and Kewyn Snyman (Otto Racing, 54) in the early stages. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Mad Mac's posted 548 laps, falling just four laps short of the all-time 8 Hour record. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Mad Mac's posted 548 laps, falling just four laps short of the all-time 8 Hour record. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Mad Mac's riders Trevor Westman (on the bike) and warren Guantario (at trackside) celberate as Clerk of the Course Neva van der Merwe flags the win. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Mad Mac's riders Trevor Westman (on the bike) and warren Guantario (at trackside) celberate as Clerk of the Course Neva van der Merwe flags the win. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Zante Otto, flat out through the pits esses and yes, this was after her crash. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Zante Otto, flat out through the pits esses and yes, this was after her crash. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Nicholas van der Walt on the VanBros CBR150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Nicholas van der Walt on the VanBros CBR150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
The Ellis brothers, the only two-man team in the race, posted 518 laps to finish fourth. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
The Ellis brothers, the only two-man team in the race, posted 518 laps to finish fourth. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Team Formula Autos finished fifth on 517 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Team Formula Autos finished fifth on 517 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Raymond Alexander's Rayder Racing CBR150 reeled off 513 laps for sixth overall. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Raymond Alexander's Rayder Racing CBR150 reeled off 513 laps for sixth overall. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Jack Hammers CBR150 finshed seventh on 507 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Jack Hammers CBR150 finshed seventh on 507 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Craig Wright on the Greased Lightning CBR150 - eighth overall with 505 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Craig Wright on the Greased Lightning CBR150 - eighth overall with 505 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Hillbilly Racing CBR150 recorded 503 laps for ninth overall. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Hillbilly Racing CBR150 recorded 503 laps for ninth overall. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
MOFOS CBR150 turned exactly 500 laps to finish 10th. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
MOFOS CBR150 turned exactly 500 laps to finish 10th. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Midlife Crisis CBR150 finished 11th on 497 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Midlife Crisis CBR150 finished 11th on 497 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Honda CBR150 of Jan Nytomt, Peter Linden, Christoffer Bergman and Norwegian rider Vegar Hjellodegard was 12th overall. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Honda CBR150 of Jan Nytomt, Peter Linden, Christoffer Bergman and Norwegian rider Vegar Hjellodegard was 12th overall. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Salt River Customz CBR85 was the top two-stroke on 491 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Salt River Customz CBR85 was the top two-stroke on 491 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
David Enticott on the Honda CBR150 he shared with Farouk Lakay, Jacques Ackerman and Gareth Dawson.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
David Enticott on the Honda CBR150 he shared with Farouk Lakay, Jacques Ackerman and Gareth Dawson. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Itcan CBR150 finished 15th on 479 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Itcan CBR150 finished 15th on 479 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Multiple Regional Superbike champion Ronald Slamet on the Droomers 150.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Multiple Regional Superbike champion Ronald Slamet on the Droomers 150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Sole Yamaha two-stroke entry finished 17th on 469 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Sole Yamaha two-stroke entry finished 17th on 469 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
123 Racing CBR150 finished 18th on 459 lap. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
123 Racing CBR150 finished 18th on 459 lap. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
2 Wheel Junkies turned 447 laps to finish 19th.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
2 Wheel Junkies turned 447 laps to finish 19th. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Carpentry Connection CBR150 finished 20th on 45 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Carpentry Connection CBR150 finished 20th on 45 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Team Seventy Four out of Gauteng posted 443 laps for 21st place. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Team Seventy Four out of Gauteng posted 443 laps for 21st place. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Shakir Smith on the Team 523 CBR150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Shakir Smith on the Team 523 CBR150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Fibreprod CBR150 finished 23rd on 442 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Fibreprod CBR150 finished 23rd on 442 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Honda CBR150 of Dinally Zafeer, Elton Ching Fat Wan and Dario Busi completed 435 laps for 24th.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Honda CBR150 of Dinally Zafeer, Elton Ching Fat Wan and Dario Busi completed 435 laps for 24th. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Honda CBR150 of Brad Fenner, Kyle Hallick, Ruan Uys and David Vismer finished 25th on 427 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Honda CBR150 of Brad Fenner, Kyle Hallick, Ruan Uys and David Vismer finished 25th on 427 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Holl/Slabbert/Denyssen/Carstens CBR150 finished 26th on 409 laps.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Holl/Slabbert/Denyssen/Carstens CBR150 finished 26th on 409 laps. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Martie Bosson on the Screw Loose Racing CBR150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Martie Bosson on the Screw Loose Racing CBR150. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Platinum Yamaha YZF-R125 suffered multiple crashes, but kept going to the end.  Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
Platinum Yamaha YZF-R125 suffered multiple crashes, but kept going to the end. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
This unusual hybrid had a Kawasaki KX85 engine in a Yamaha TZR chassis. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring
This unusual hybrid had a Kawasaki KX85 engine in a Yamaha TZR chassis. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring

Cape Town – The 35th running of the 8 Hour endurance race for short-circuit motorcycles at Killarney's 'K' circuit at the weekend provided all the drama and rollercoaster emotions this annual end-of-season event is known for, but with fewer crashes than usual and only one injury requiring the ambulance.

Kewyn Snyman put the Otto Racing CBR150 on pole with a superb 48.705s qualifying lap, but it was Aran van Niekerk on the VanBros CBR150 who led away from the traditional Le Mans start to set the early pace, with international World Supersport 300 rider Dorren Loureiro on the Greased Lightning CBR150 from Gauteng and Snyman in hot pursuit.

At the end of the first hour, however, Ricardo Otto on the Otto Racing machine was leading pre-race favourite Mad Mac’s (Trevor Westman, Warren Guantario, JP Freiderich and Wesley Jones) by just 5.694s after 68 laps, with the VanBros bike 20.410s further adrift.

Midway through the second hour, however, Zante Otto crashed heavily in the pits esses, dropping the team down to 10th and promoting the Formula Autos CBR150 of Gareth Gehlig, Michael White and multiple SA Superbike champion Greg Gildenhuys to third. Slick pit work and consistently smooth riding, meanwhile, enabled Mad Mac’s to put a lap on the VanBros machine; after two hours and 139 laps they had a lap in hand, with Formula Autos a lap further down.

Zante Otto picks up the Otto Racing CBR150 after crashing at the pits esses as a marshal runs to assist. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring

Dramatic third hour

A dramatic third hour saw big changes on the leader board as both VanBros and Formula Autos suffered crashes, moving the Powerflow CBR150 of Dick Bate, Richard Bate, Donald Craig and Andre Calvert up to second, albeit nine laps adrift, with veterans Jimmy Pantony, Gerrit Visser Snr, John Craig (who has competed in this race every year since its inception in 1983) and Gerrit Visser Jnr in an unexpected third, on the same lap as Otto Racing and the Rayder Racing CBR150 of Raymond Alexander, Chris Deppe, Leroy Kilian and Renier de Lange.

Three minutes before the midway point Visser Snr arrived at end of the main straight to find himself without brakes. The resulting crash was spectacular (fortunately without injury, other than to Visser’s pride) but the cause turned out to be even more noteworthy. It transpired that one of the lugs into which the standard fork brace was bolted had torn out of the right fork slider, causing fork oil to be liberally pumped all over the disc.

The hole left by the broken lug pumped fork oil onto the front brake. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring

The team replaced the front suspension and triple clamps with donated parts but were unable to get the brakes working properly and withdrew the bike with 257 laps on the chart.

At the midway point after four hours, Mad Mac’s were 10 laps clear of the field on 275, ahead of Otto Racing, Vanbros, the Honda CBR150 of Jan Nytomt, Peter Linden, Christoffer Bergman and Norwegian rider Vegar Hjellodegard, and the Ellis brothers, David and Michael - the only two-man team in the race - on the Snapkamera CBR150.

The Mad Mac’s riders reeled off another 68 laps in the fifth hour for a total of 343, putting another lap on Otto Racing, while VanBros passed the Powerflow machine to retake third, and the Ellis brothers moved up a place to fifth. The sixth hour, however, was their worst of the race, with only 67 laps completed, while Otto Racing made up two laps to consolidate second, ahead of VanBros, Powerflow, the Ellis Brothers and Rayder Racing.

They picked up the pace to post 69 laps in the seventh hour, putting three laps on Otto Racing and VanBros, who were now on the same lap after seven hours of racing. Eight laps further down, Powerflow soldiered on, well clear of the Ellis brothers, Formula Autos and Rayder Racing.

Salt River Customz crew fitted a Honda CR85 two-stroke motocross engine into a CBR150 frame to create this one-off hybrid CBR85. Picture: Dave Abrahams / IOL Motoring

One-off hybrid

Just three minutes into the final hour Donald Craig suffered a brake failure on the Powerflow machine and crashed out at Turn 1, bringing out the Safety Bike for only the second time on the day. Craig was taken to hospital with a neck injury and and the team withdrew the bike.

Meanwhile the Green Meanies put in another 69 laps, to fall just four short of the all-time record of 552. Otto Racing’s teenage stars put in a final heroic effort, posting 70 laps to reduce the deficit to 11, three laps clear of VanBros on 534. The Ellis brothers posted 518 laps to take fourth, one lap ahead of Formula Autos.

A notable result was that of the Salt River Customz crew of Damian van Zyl, Uriah van Zyl, Ralph Kumbier and Steven Pitt, who fitted a Honda CR85 two-stroke motocross engine into a CBR150 frame to create a one-off hybrid CBR85 that reeled off 491 laps without missing a beat and finished a creditable 13th, and first two-stroke.

A surprising 29 of 33 starters were still running at the end of the gruelling eight-hour marathon.   

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