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De Klerk Claims Maiden Outright Victory
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Source: Toby Cooper
Photographers:  Craig Houston, Andrew Stott

Sybrand De Klerk, like many of his fellow SXS competitors, has shown major potential in the off road racing scene since making his debut in 2018. At the recent Thornton Short Course event, which ran through the foothills of the Lockyer Valley, De Klerk kickstarted his new season assault in style claiming his maiden outright victory in the team’s 2017 Can-Am X3RS by a mere 3 tenths of a second.

On the dry and dusty South East Queensland February weekend where Can-Am machines dominated the top six positions, De Klerk came home the strongest, overturning an early 43 second deficit for a breakthrough win. The early plan to be cautious due to the technical and extremely rocky circuit was proved to be an early mistake by De Klerk who lost instant ground in the first heat. As confidence grew and the thought of breaking a part or succumbing to a flat tyre went out the window, De Klerk found his groove making up for lost time. Securing the narrow victory to open 2019 a reward for his aggressive approach and well turned out Can-Am which only required a basic service, fresh bearings and new set of tyres in the off-season.


Like many off road enthusiasts who take up the sport there is usually a background in motorsport, and for De Klerk this is no exception. Starting out from a young age racing Motocross in South Africa, De Klerk quickly turned to racing a Bombardier DS650 Baja quad which was short lived – a family decision to move to Australia in 2007 put the racing career on hold. Ten years later and De Klerk found himself spectating at the St George 399, a quick ‘next year, I’ll be racing this event’ to his wife and the seed was sewn. At the time she thought it was all a little joke, until Sybrand turned up home a few weeks later with a brand new Can-Am – and the rest is history.

De Klerk’s first Australian outing came in March 2018 at the first round of the SSC Stadium Short Course Championships in Gladstone where he placed third, before returning in style at the Australian Off Road Championship St George 399 where despite early dramas on the Saturday he rallied for a strong finish. Amidst other standout finishes throughout 2018, De Klerk’s 12th outright and second in class at the brutal Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 stood out the most - he went onto finish the 2018 AORRA Queensland Championship third in class and second in class for the AORRA Short Course Series.

Currently De Klerk is prepping for Round 1 of the Queensland AORRA Off Road Racing Championships at Sexton held over the 23/24th of March, before launching another assault on the CAMS Australian Off Road Championship opener in St George where a class podium and top ten outright is well within his grasp. De Klerk has committed to following the Queensland AORRA Championship Series and Lockyer Short Course Series where he holds the early advantage after his opening round victory.

De Klerk would like to express a massive thank you to his sponsors Bundaberg Sea Doo and Can Am, and Francois Liebenberg from One Stop Lubrication Equipment for their ongoing support during the 2019 season. See you at the track!