Spills and Thrills at Donnybrook

the herald

Colin Matiza

sports editor

SPILLS and thrills will once again be the order of the day when the country’s top drivers gather tomorrow at the ‘cathedral’ of local motorsport – Donnybrook Park Raceway in Harare – for round four of the 2022 Bogwheelers Club Series National Motocross Championship.

The country’s top junior and senior male and female motocross riders are expected to come ”in full force” for tomorrow’s race meeting which the Bogwheelers Club, which runs the motorcycling sport of motocross in Zimbabwe, will use as a selection event for the Zimbabwe team which will take part in the FIM African Motocross of Nations Championships this year.

The 2022 FIM Africa Motocross of Nations Championships will be held at Victoria Raceway Park at Garuga in Entebbe, Uganda from August 19-21.

There will be over 200 runners from over eight African countries including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zambia, Zimbabwe and host country Uganda.

The Bogwheelers Club have indicated that they will hire a strong team of over 15 junior and senior male and female bikers to represent Zimbabwe at this annual event which, however, has been suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. -19.

And it will all be set up tomorrow at Donnybrook Park Raceway in Harare, where local riders will be there to catch the attention of selectors to be selected for Team Zimbabwe for the 2022 FIM Africa MXOAN Championships in Uganda next month. .

Battle lines will be drawn in all classes, from the PeeWees, which are for junior riders under the age of seven, to the veteran class.

The ”regulars” like Emmanuel Bako, Cameron Thixton, Doug Mellor, Joshua Goby, Duncan Kerwin, Daiyaan “‘D” Manuel, Adriaan Olivier, Mark Ziemann, Shane Thomas, Lofty Versfeld, Ricky Whyte, Daniel Collett, Kudzwai Chitsurura , Junior Bako, Victor Nyamupfukudza, Tadiwanashe Nyamupfukudza, Jayden Kerwin, Karl van As, Riley Rocher,

Joshua Mbanga, Cayden Claassen, Michael Krause and Ezra Ekron are all expected to be in action tomorrow.

Doug Mellor, one of the organizers of the event, told the Herald yesterday that all classes – PW50, 50cc, 65cc, 85cc, 125cc, MX1/MX2, veterans and novices – will be competing.

“This is round four of our National Championship series in which all the top junior and senior riders will be looking for more points in their various categories. So we’re looking at an exciting and action-packed day at Donnybrook on Sunday (tomorrow),” said Mellor.

In the junior section, eight-year-old Victor Nyamupfukudza will ride his brand new bike, recently bought in South Africa, in the 50cc class, and he will be joined tomorrow at the Donnnybrook track by his 13-year-old. -old sister, Tadiwanashe, who will fight for a place on the podium in the 125cc class.

Nyamupfukudzas father and trainer Simbarashe confirmed yesterday that his two children will be in action at Donnybrook tomorrow and will use the event as part of their preparations for next month’s FIM Africa Motocross of Nations Championships in Uganda.

”Victor and Tadiwanashe are likely to make Zimbabwe’s squad for the African Championships and they have already started preparing for this prestigious continental event. So, on Sunday (tomorrow), they will both be at Donnybrook to participate in the fourth round of the national championships.

”They will be using this event as part of their final preparations for the African Championships and hopefully they will be among the winners at the commercial end of the competition on Sunday and it will certainly lift their spirits ahead of the big event in Uganda. next month,” Simbarashe Nyamupfukudza said.

Tomorrow’s race starts at 9am and there will be a full bar and catering. Entrance fees have been set at US$5 per person for spectators, while children under 12 will enter for free.