- Hot lady Anja gets new race backing
- Two years on, and loves racing even more
- Good results so far – look out, you guys!
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – During the working week(29) is not only an accountant and tax expert but also a race instructor at the Red Star Raceway near Delmas in Mpumalanga. Then come the weekends…
For two years she’s donned armoured leather and lined up as a hotshot Superbikes, Supermotards and Breakfast Run series racer aboard her Yamaha R6 – and now she’s signed a sponsorship deal with Autobarn and Ingco Tools.
Anja – also a social rider – has been racing through those two years and says she is is ”totally besotted” with motorcycle racing, supported in the pits lane by her husband Chris. “He doesn’t race but he is my pit crew and always in support. He prefers road-riding and breakfast runs with friends. Now I just have to teach him to cook…”
Anja races in the Breakfast Run Class, the Northern Regions Regional championship series that follows the SuperGP series, plus other race series such as the Extreme Festival and the Redstar Raceway series.
‘PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT!’
The Breakfast Run class is a club mixed-sex championship for motorcycles from 600cc-1000cc in full competition.
“Practice is very important in two-wheel track racing. I generally do most at Redstar Raceway with coaching from my mentors Evert Stoffberg, Paul Pinheiro and Ricky Morais. I also get the extra training from my SuperMotard racing.
”My two years of racing have been quite successful so I’m looking to make this year even better. I’m also hoping to to move up towards the Regional championship.”
‘MAYBE MY KIDS WILL RACE, TOO’
Female Superbikes racers are not common so, how did she get into it? “ I met someone at a motorcycle dealer where we used to take our bikes for service. I’d did a few track days and the bug bit – now I’m committed to track-racing and love it.”
And, she added, one day she might take her hoped for children to do the same.
“This is my first-year of racing Supermotards – and it’s very different to Superbikes – there’s more contact. In Superbikes in 2016 I was fourth overall, first in Class C, first for ladies, and Rookie of the Year. In 2017 I was 10th overall, first for ladies, and third in Class B.
”I also completed a four-hour endurance and our team was fourth overall.”
‘MY FOLKS HAVE ACCEPTED IT’
So what did her folks think about her unusual pastime? “My parents were quite worried at first as you always see on TV the crashes and how quickly things can go wrong but they see the safety that every track has and that, should something happen, there are always medics on standby.
”They’ve accepted that I love it and that it is what I want to do.”
Autobarn MD Terry Brand told Carman’s Corner: “She will add beauty and colour to our racing team. She’s a great young woman – totally committed and with a dynamic personality.”