The fifth round of the 2017 autObarn SuperHatch Championship saw the competitors making the journey to the daunting Phakisa Racetrack outside Welkom. With many drivers opting to go with a co-driver for the event, it was shaping up to be an interesting event where a fine balance needs to be found between pace and strategy.
What also became a big point to consider was tyre wear, as the abrasive surface caused many a tyre to die an agonising death in Friday’s practice sessions.
Qualifying started just after 12h00. Setting the pace in Class A was Jeffrey Kruger, who was teamed up with current Class A leader Brett Garland (autObarn/Jonnesway/Total Honda Civic). It was clear that the Kruger/Garland combination was not going to have it all their own way, as they only beat the du Toit brothers (TAR Honda Civic) by 0.1s.
Nic Martin/Shaun Besteman (RDG Opel Kadett) managed the fastest time for Class B, closely followed by Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Honda Civic), who unfortunately developed a problem on the car and could not take part in the race itself.
In Class C Tony Hyams (Building Code Ford Fiesta) celebrated his return to SuperHatch with a pole position, narrowly beating Craig Priestley who was sharing his car with Trevor Stringer. (Tactical Fluid/Citrine Designs Ford Laser)