News24

SA duo killed in crashes

2012-01-30 10:10

Johannesburg - It was a black weekend for motorsport in South Africa when two competitors were tragically killed in separate accidents this weekend.

Multiple champion Curt Alchin was killed in an accident at the Victory Raceway in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, while motorcyclist Wim Pretorius died in the Day of the Champion event at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria on the same day.

Alchin was one of South Africa's most versatile racing drivers. He was awarded national colours in 2004 for outstanding success in international oval racing. His South African National Championship titles include: 1995 Production Car Champion, 1999 Modified Saloons Champion, 2002 Standard 1600 Saloons Champion, 2005 Modified Saloons Dirt Champion, 2006 Modified Saloons 1600 Tar Champion.

Alchin was an honourary member of the Algoa Motorsport Club, and raced successfully in the Engen VW Polo Cup Championship last year.

37-year-old Pretorius had an accident at turn 5 at Zwartkops at 09h24 while participating in the Thunderbikes race.

He started racing in the middle of 2009 and ended ninth in the championship. In 2010 he competed in four races, finishing second in two races and winning the other two. In 2011 he won the Thunderbike B Class club championship.

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Comments
  • Hennie - 2012-01-30 10:23

    RIP and condolences to family and friends

  • John - 2012-01-30 10:31

    Some people will object to this comment, but they died doing something they enjoyed. How many of us can say we will die do that. My condolences to their families.

      lizle.oconnell - 2012-01-31 15:40

      That's true John...Wim always told me the only way he wants to die is on the racetrack or on his bike! Nowhere else! He loved his bike and his sport!!! BIG LOSS!!!

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 11:35

    RIP. Why not find a photo of the drivers? Why put a picture of a Repsol Mitsubishi Dakar vehicle that neither of them drove. News 24 is quite lazy sometimes.

  • Grace - 2012-01-30 12:14

    Racing seems to be having too many deaths lately

      Syd - 2012-01-30 13:37

      It is a dangerous sport you know and considering that there are actually few deaths.

      Sean - 2012-02-15 21:07

      Grace, it is the people that choose to race not yourself. All of us "speed freaks" know what can happen if it goes wrong and we have made peace with the fact thay we can die on a track. It is personally the best way to go out. You comment is kind of like saying you should not go out on the road today as a taxi might kill you or more likely a MP's car will kill a kid while THE MP jumps a red robot to "get to an urgent meeting" which they were late for>>>>> HELLLOOO Thats why we have cellphones and Video Skype!

  • Sharon - 2012-01-30 14:47

    R.I.P sympathies to both families ...............God Bless

  • Sandra Lessing McCallum - 2012-01-30 15:24

    Will miss you Wim! If we have bikes to ride and people to love ... NOW is the time!!!

  • Raymond - 2012-01-30 22:03

    WOW THAT IS A TRAGIC LOSS, CONDOLENCES TO BOTH FAMILIES. NO DISRESPECT BUT AS COWBOYS SAY I WANNA GO OUT WITH MY BOOTS ON AND THEY WEREN'T DOING A "JOB" BUT RATHER A PASSION. LIKE I SAID NO DISRESPECT INTENDED.

  • John - 2012-01-31 13:05

    @ Grace. You are safer on the track than on the road. 42 people die a day on our roads!

  • lizle.oconnell - 2012-01-31 15:24

    RIP my dear friend! Will miss you a lot!!!

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