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- EWALD SPIES WINS IN LEXUS ON RETURN, EXCITING FINAL WON BY JD TRUTER
- NO ANSWER FOR JACQUES VD MERWE IN MIDGETS
- HEAVY METALS - CROWD FAVORITE BUT TWO BLACK FLAGS
- JEAN STEYL BRILLIANT ON RETURN IN A ROTARY
- TIAAN LOUW SORTS OUT CAR AFTER 1ST RACE EVENT AND WINS
- CONSISTENCY MAKES FRANCOIS VAN RHYN THE WINNER
- LOCHIE EKSTEEN CHOOSES THE RIGHT SETUP TO WIN
- JEANINE ELS WINS NECK AND NECK CONTEST WITH CHANTALL EKSTEEN
- TERSIUS VAN TONDER 3 WINS WITH FULL MARKS IN MINI CLASS
|There were proof that plenty is not always good. With just 4 entries, 1 withdrawal, and 1 late entry the Lexus V8s provided lots of excitement with 3 very closely matched cars. The odd man out was Manfred Oehl who disappeared in the distance in the first two heats in a very nice sounding Lexus, leaving the other 3 cars to fight it out amongst themselves. There were two surprise entries with Ewald Spies making a return in a spare Oehl Lexus and Morne Groenewald visiting in his Tygerberg Raceway V8. Manfred Oehl unfortunately was eliminated when he ran out of space and collided with the dreaded wall. The final provided one of the closest finishes with JD Truter pipping Spies and Groenewald after a battle between those 3 providing the spectators with lots of excitement and a great show.
The Midgets had 5 entries and here a spectacular Jacques vd Merwe dominated in his Super Midget scoring a full-house in the 3 heats. Schalk Swart were the closest in matching his speed but in the end it was Anco Jordaan who came in second on points. Midget fans hope this class has not going into a dip at this track once again. Maybe the owners in this class should seriously consider more regulation to limit costs and to create competition in this class.
Even with 4 withdrawals there were still 15 cars providing a crowd pleasing show. Spectators voted the Heavy Metals and 1660s as their two favorite classes for this event. Ewald Spies standing in for Johan le Roux who had an arm in a sling and Hendrik Vos were the pace setters and also provided big drama with both earning black flags in two separate incidents. It was very uncharacteristic of these two drivers and one could argue contact was due to very hard racing between Spies and Vos but COC Phil Heroldt warned drivers in his brief he was going to be very strict regarding contact. The two drivers took their punishment very sportingly. Unfortunately Vos connected an apex tyre in the final and was eliminated. While all that was going on Tersius van Tonder Sr and Wemer vd Merwe raked in the points with consistency ending level on points but Van Tonder claiming top honors for his win in the final.
|The Hotrods were promising to be the class to watch with entries from SA1 Dylan Nel, Llewellyn Kotze, and a surprise entry from Jean Steyl in the Gert Brink Rotary, Michaela Norman, Gert Brink Jr, Tristan Nel and Stan van Elst. Stan is highly rated by his Tygerberg Raceway supporters. There are predictions of potential wining performances from this fast young rookie and maybe some apple-cart upsets very soon. Unfortunately it was not an event for him or either of the Nel entries to remember. Dylan just managing a second in the first heat before he and young Tristan were knocked out during an incident early in the second heat. Jean Steyl delivered a brilliant performance in the Gert Brink Rotary in a way we remembered him during the Worcester Motor Club days. Everyone is hoping to see more of this talented driver in the Hotrod Class.
Yes! Tiaan Louw managed to sort out his car after the first event and had full marks in all three heats. JP Kotze followed him home in second place. Fans were disappointed with Tersius van Tonder's Ford entry which did not materialize. Tyron Els who showed some pace during the previous event in the Hotrod class unfortunately did not have a good entry into the 2.1 Class after contact with the wall in his new Ford.
The crowd favorite 1660 Class with 17 entries (and 3 no-shows) included visitors JP Du Plessis Jnr in the JP Sr Nissan Exa, Schalk van der Westhuizen in his immaculate VW Golf and Dirk Bosman, and locals Stefan Smit, Gert Ellis, Francois van Rhyn and Jaco Kirchner in the 444 Tersius van Tonder 1660 VW Golf. This class did deliver with good and very competitive racing. No one really dominated with wins and once again it was consistency causing Francois van Rhyn to end with the most points. JP Du Plessis Jr made a late comeback with a win in the final, this after suffering a broken tie-rod after contact with an apex tyre during the 1st heat.
|In the Stockrod Class Attie Groenewald, Lochie Eksteen, Ivan Theron, Gawie and Henry Jacobs were very evenly matched. To see how Gavin Fleming in the Hyundai backed car was going to fare in the VW Golf dominated class unfortunately did not materialize as he retired during the first heat. Lochie Eksteen managed to stay in front of Gawie Jacobs, enough to win with points and topped it with a win in the finals. The 2 Pinkrod entries of Jeanine Els and Chantall Eksteen raced with the Stockrods and had a neck and neck contest, and Els eventually ending on the top step of the podium. Chantall raced in the teams backup car as her current car were damaged during the previous event.
Tersius van Tonder 3 dominated the Mini Class with a full-house score and win in the finals. The race were on for second place with Juanita Kuhn, Liam Kruger, Pierce Kotze and Mia Kriegler. Qudo de Wet, usually very fast had a flat in the first heat and not much luck in the finals. For Peto Scholtz it was also a day to forget and the next race on 4 March to look forward to. - Andre
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