So you have been on weekend track days, you have worked hard on getting that knee down for the first time (what a feeling) and then worked some more on hitting the apex and improving your riding technique. Do you think the fun stops there? Can it get any better? Ever watched racing and think it is only for those who start very young and you need deep pockets? Well the good news is it can get a whole lot better and more exciting with the Bridgestone Challenge Series hosted by Zwartkops it is possible to start racing at any age with any type of bike.
The aim of the series is to introduce people of all ages and different types of bikes to the sport of motorcycle racing. Whether you ride a fully prepped race bike or you want to put your daily ride on the grid it is possible. Permitting that some prep work must still be made to make your ride safe for the track. Over the years bikes ranging from Z1000 naked bikes to Suzuki Katana’s, brand new road bikes to old school race bikes have shared the grid.
With Bridgestone on as the series sponsor only Bridgestone tires are allowed to be used, the benefit from this is great race tires at reduced prices including fitment. TV broadcasting time on both Supersport and Ignition TV and entry fee prices lower than any other series. Already giving you more bang for your buck and getting to see yourself on television racing your heart out.
What makes the series so fun and entertaining is that whether you are young or old, inexperienced or more experienced even ladies share the track for a day of racing. The way this is possible is that there are 5 classes on the track divided into the lap times you can do around the track. So you compete for points overall in the championship as well as in your own respective class. Not including the ladies and masters class.
The series is split into 9 races for the year over numerous tracks namely, Zwartkops, Phakisa and RedStar. The majority of races being at Zwartkops. Joining the series feels like joining a new family that share your passion of racing and makes it possible for the normal motorcycle rider in becoming a weekend racer. It not only offers loads of fun on-track but also improves your skill on a motorcycle being able to race in a controlled safe environment. There is always someone to lend you a helping hand or advice at the track such is the camaraderie between motorcycle racers. Riders become a racing family.
A typical weekend consists of practice on the Friday. And then when Saturday morning comes the real fun starts with qualifying in the morning and two races of 8 laps each during the day followed by prize giving. Loads of entertainment for your friends and family are to be had at the track as the series runs concurrent with the Extreme Festival which offers very entertaining car and bike racing during the day including live entertainment, bands and stalls.
The Bridgestone Challenge is the best opportunity to take on racing as a hobby or to grow to your fullest potential. Many National Riders have started at the same level and grew into some of the best nationally and internationally.