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(07-09-2011)

TEAM PS STORM RACING

Junior National Off-road Championship Senior National Off-road Championship

CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES AND MORE PODIUMS FOR TEAM PS STORM RACING

Team PS Storm Racing’s Philipie Baard is the 2011 SA National Champion! Baard has earned himself the Number One plate in the off-road quad standings after leading the overall standings from the beginning of the season. He is the new Q1 (450cc) Class champion.

While Baard took his Honda TRX450 to a fourth place at the final race of the season, the Vredefort 400 held recently in the Free State, Team PS Storm Racing junior off-road competitors claimed more podium positions at the Devonshire Junior National, the penultimate round of the 2011 Junior National Championship held this past weekend (3 September) in the Tweespruit area in the same province.

It was the sixth round of the 2011 series and Team PS Storm Racing’s young off-road quad competitors finished on the podium in both the junior and senior categories of a tough race in a dry and dusty Free State.

In the extremely competitive Senior Open Quad Class for riders between the ages of 15 and 17, Jaco Moller took the lead halfway through the race with his Suzuki LTR450, but on the last of the four 38km laps, a nerf bar (protection under the gear and/or break levers that prevents the rider’s foot from slipping off the levers) resulting in him to be extra cautious at the rough sections. Nicky Lombard won the race with Moller finishing less than two minutes behind him. This was Moller’s second podium for the season.

His team-mate, Elanie van den Berg, claimed her fifth victory in the Ladies Quad Class. She is also the only girl to complete the full race distance in the Senior Open Quad Class where she finished 11th overall with her PS Storm racing-prepared Kawasaki KFX450. She unfortunately could not complete the Montagu event and has dropped to the second position between the ladies where she trails the leader by a mere four points. She does, however, still stand a chance on winning the class at the end of the season.

There was also a second podium position this season for Hein van Gessellen who competes in the Junior Modified Quad Class championship in the junior category of the race with a Suzuki LTZ400. Van Gessellen experienced problems in the Western Cape and started the two hour race in ninth place. As the area was very dry, dust played a big role in overtaking riders, but Van Gessellen clawed his way to the front to finish second in the class and in the Junior Quad Category for the day.

The competition in this class is extremely fierce with only single amounts of points separating the riders from each other. Unofficial scoring will see Van Gessellen moving from fifth place to third place in the class championship where he is 13 points behind the leader and also still in with a chance to take the title at the end of the season.

Team PS Storm Racing will move to the Greytown area on 8 October where they will tackle the Mvoti Barkbuster Junior National that will determine the championships and titles for the 2011 season.

End For more information contact Brendon van Staden (Storm Racing) E-mail : brendon@stormracing.co.za / Storm Racing on Facebook


TEAM PS STORM RACING FEEDBACK: RORMC JUNIOR NATIONAL Round 1 of the SA Junior National Off-road Championship (12 Feb) Moogkophong (Naboomspruit), Limpopo Province

JUNIORS ADDED MORE PODIUM POSITIONS FOR TEAM PS STORM RACING A victory and two more podium positions for Team PS Storm Racing! These are some of the results the junior off-road racers produced after the opening round of the 2011 SA Junior National Off-road Championship – Elanie van den Berg won the Ladies Quad Class on her Kawasaki KFX450 while Jaco Moller (Suzuki LTR450) finished second overall in the extremely competitive Senior Open Quad Class! Elanie also finished 14th (of 25 entrants) in the Senior Open Quad Class. Her sister, Minri, competes in the Senior 85cc (bike) Class and put her first points on the scoreboard when she finished 15th. She was the only girl on two wheels to complete the race that consisted of sandy loops, some mud and very twisty sections in the bush that really tested the riders. In the Junior Modified Quad Class Hein van Gessellen (Suzuki LTZ400) started behind a slow competitor who did not make way. He decided to ride safe and not take any chances while also getting used to his bigger and faster quad and finished in a respectable fifth place. The race for junior competitors (Van Gessellen) consists of loops that they had to complete in two hours while the senior riders race for three hours. It was extremely hot, dry and dusty and all four members of Team JUNIOR PS Storm Racing opened their 2011 account with points on the board. Next junior race: 2 April – Rover Junior National at Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) Next: Ermelo Toyota 400 – 2nd round of the 2011 SA National (senior) Off-Road championship where Philipie Baard will defend his overall lead as well as his lead in the Q1 Quad Class and Rudolph de Wet his lead in the Q2 Class.

PS Storm Racing: Brendon van Staden Tel: 072 3111 231 E-mail: bvs@stormracing.co.za Facebook: Storm Racing


TEAM PS STORM RACING FEEDBACK: ROVER JUNIOR NATIONAL Round 2 of the SA Junior National Off-road Championship (2 April) Loerie, Eastern Cape

MORE GOOD RESULTS FOR TEAM PS STORM RACING’S JUNIORS Team PS Storm Racing’s junior off-road team has walked away from the Rover Junior National with a victory and more valuable points towards the 2011 SA Junior National Off-road Championship. Elanie van den Berg claimed her second victory of the season in the Ladies Quad Class while she finished in an excellent 8th place overall in the extremely competitive Senior Open Quad Class where 26 riders on 450cc-powered quads started the race. Her team-mate in this class, Jaco Moller, has added more points towards his title From left: Jaco, Minri, Elanie and Hein. chase for the season when he finished fifth after recovering from a huge crash and damaging his Suzuki quad. Jaco took the lead in the race in the first of five 35km loops and kept it into the third loop when he crashed. In the junior quad category, Hein van Gessellen rode a steady race to finish fourth in the Junior Modified Quad Class. He was unfortunately showed in the wrong direction and lost time, but has showed that even though he is a newcomer to this class, he can race with the leaders. Minri van den Berg was again the only rose between the thorns in the Senior 85cc Class, but brought the points home when she finished in 13th place. The route took motorcycle and quad competitors on sections used at the national Castrol Winterberg Enduro and the riding skills as well as the fitness of the competitors were tested while the preparation of their race equipment was also put through the test. Next junior race: 7 May – Junior Roof (Lesotho) Coming up: Kalahari 400 – 3rd round of the 2011 SA National (senior) Off-Road championship where Philipie Baard (overall winner of the previous two races) will defend his overall lead as well as his lead in the Q1 Quad Class championship. PS Storm Racing: Brendon van Staden Tel: 072 3111 231 E -mail: bvs@stormracing.co.za Facebook: Storm Racing


(01-07-2011)

TEAM PS STORM RACING Junior National Off -road Championship Senior National Off -road Championship

TEAM PS STORM RACING HAS TAKEN OFF-ROAD RACING BY STORM Team PS Storm Racing might be a brand new team, but it has taken both the Junior and Senior National Off-road Championships by storm and with the 2011 season now at the halfway mark, the team is leading various championships. Like so many times this season, the team again claimed some podium positions at this weekend’s BELL Junior National, the fourth round of the Junior National Championship that took place outside Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal when Elanie van den Berg won the Ladies Quad Class for the fourth consecutive race while Hein van Gessellen finished second in the Junior Modified Quad Class. With three races still to go, Van den Berg, a scholar from Kimberley, is still leading the Ladies Quad Class on her PS Storm Racing Kawasaki KFX450. She also competes in the extremely competitive Senior Open Quad Class for riders between the ages of 14 and 17 and after three consecutive top 10 positions, she finds herself in the overall top ten. Van Gessellen claimed his first podium position of the season in KZN after he has moved up from the Junior Open Class last year where he finished second overall. The Lichtenburg rider showed his potential at every race, but Lady Luck was not on his side. It all came together at the BELL Junior National when he clinched the second spot on the podium with his Suzuki LTZ400 and the points earned have lifted him to the second place in the class championship, only four points behind the leader. Elanie’s little sister, Minri, was again the only rose between the boys in the Senior 85cc Motorcycle Class where she finished 12th. The 15-year old Minri has been scoring points after every race this season on her Honda motorbike. There was some bad luck for Jaco Moller who started the season with a second place in the Senior Open Quad Class when mechanical problems saw him not scoring any points at the Hluhluwe event. The Tzaneen rider is competing in only his second national season, but some good results earlier this year ensure that he is still within reach of a good position. Moller is leading the Northern Regions Junior Off-road Quad Championship on his Suzuki LTR450. Team PS Storm Racing is also leading the Senior National Off-road Quad Championship where the Namibian rider, Philipie Baard, has won the first two races of the season on his Honda TRX450. After a solid second place at the most recent event, Baard has strengthened his lead on the overall standings while he is also leading the Q1 (450cc) Class championship. He is also fourth in the Inxon Printing Xross Country Inland Championship where Eric Williams (Honda) is second overall and Michael de Beer (Suzuki LTR450) is second in the Q2 (Open) Quad Class. Team owner, Brendon van Staden (KTM525), is currently sixth in the Senior Quad Class from where he keeps an eye on the performance of the rest of the team. Team PS Storm Racing competes with the support of Portable-Shade (PS); Custom Axis Racing Shocks; Inxon Printing; UNI Filters; Yoshimura; Bazzaz; RA; Kinetik and Wiehahn. Coming up 15-16 July :

BELL 400 (4th Round of the Senior National Championship) Hluhluwe, KZN

End For more information contact Brendon van Staden (Storm Racing) Storm Racing on Facebook E-mail : bvs@stormracing.co.za / Website: www.stormracing.co.za /


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