Youth Day – Race Day, Action a plenty, and an unfortunate high attrition rate for autObarn / Northern Bolt & Tool SuperHatch.
Public holiday race day and while a few drivers couldn’t make it, the racing action was hot as always.
In qualifying Jonathan du Toit (TAR Honda Civic) set the pace with a very quick 1:13.907 just ahead of Morne Human (Ancro Building Projects Mini) and Jeffrey Kruger (Steamsure VW Polo).
Class B’s quickest man was Zane van Zyl (JR Panel & Paint VW Golf) ahead of Jono Konig (Northern Bolt & Tool Peugeot 206) and Samuel Gerber (Forklift Connection/ASAP Peugeot 206).
Class C was all about Andre Dannhauser (Pro Auto Rubber/Protek Opel Corsa) ahead of Tyler Scott (Lopec/Jestik/Step it up Opel Kadett) and Robert Stoltz (Lopec/Jestik/Step it up Opel Kadett).
Two cars were lost in Qualifying, both Opel’s of Martin and Spurr due to engine failures.
Chris Davison (Opel SuperBoss) occupied the front row alongside Brett Garland (AutObarn/Jonnesway Honda Civic), off the line it was Kruger who had a great start, but in turn 2, he was shunted by Human and forced to retire. Davison held off the class A pack for 3 laps, then Garland got through, du Toit next, and finished this way with Davison rounding up the top 3.
In class B Konig had the top spot and Alex Marques (AM Racing VW Golf) was alongside, but off the line. Marques had a great start and kept his nose clean for the entire race, while he left the rest to battle, once van Zyl retired with broken CV’s and Gerber retired on lap 2, it was Marques who took the flag from Konig and Ishmael Baloyi (TAR Honda Civic) got the last step of the podium for his birthday.
Class C was intense and super close from the word go, with positions changing each lap between Scott, Hyams (Building Code Ford Fiesta), Dannhauser and Stoltz. But with 2 laps to go a big shunt on the back straight between Dannhauser, Scott and Hyams, caused Dannhauser and Hyams to retire with very bent motor cars, while Scott managed to take the honours from Stoltz.
Race 1 ruled out van Zyl with mechanical failure and Kruger, Dannhauser and Hyams due to incidents.
And it was van Nieuwenhuizen (Citroen C2) that was on the front row with Human alongside him, Human got the jump and got ahead, with du Toit chasing but popped the motor, van Nieuwenhuizen took the 2nd step and Garland the final spot on the podium.
Class B’s Kotwal (TIG Opel Kadett) was on the front row with Baloyi alongside, they had a good battle with Konig, but sadly on lap 4 Konig ran wide in turn 1 and put his Peugeot on its side, with the red flag and the race going back one lap he still managed a 2nd in class behind Baloyi and Kotwal in 3rd spot.
Class C was all about the brother in laws Stoltz and Scott as the rest had crashed out, but it was Scott that got the win from Stoltz.
Race 2 saw 2 cars out due to mechanical/engine failures – du Toit and Gerber.
Konig out due to a roll over.
Class A: Morne Human, Brett Garland, Chris Davison
Class B: Ishmael Baloyi, Jono Konig, Alex Marques
Class C: Tyler Scott, Robert Stoltz, Tony Hyams
The next round will see the series return to Zwartkops on Tuesday, the 9th of August – Woman’s Day.