Championship heating up as season nears its end

This past weekend saw the 32 car field of SuperHatch cars take to Kyalami for the penultimate round of the 2012 championship. With the month of October being breast cancer awareness month ALL the SuperHatch drivers showed their support by carrying a pink ribbon on their car – a great gesture, again showing how big our hearts are.

Breast Cancer Awareness
Warm up
It was a very warm morning already by 7h30 am when we took to the track for our warm up, in class A (TAR Honda Civic) put in the fastest lap with a 2:03.450 ahead of Hilton van Nieuwenhuizen (ASAP Peugeot) on a 2:04.691 and rounding up the top 3 was Jonathan du Toit (TAR Honda Civic) on a 2:05.641.
In class B Cyril Niemandt (Paintnet VW Golf Mk 1) was quickest with a 2:07.301 ahead of Scois Joubert (ASAP Renault Clio) 2:08.535 and in 3rd was Nic Martin (RDG Opel Kadett) 2:09.935. Class C saw rookie lady driver Louise van der Walt (Ace Graphix, Hag Properties, the car King Ford Fiesta) put in the fastest lap on a 2:10.292 ahead of Mark Gregory (Team Gregory mk1 VW Golf) 2:13.382 and 3rd in class was James Menin (West Cars Opel Kadett) 2:14.623.
SuperHatch Starting grid
Race 1

In Class A it was an all Opel front row of Mel Spurr (George Economides, ASAP, Harness co, Drivelines, Agip Corsa) and Chris Davison (Opel Superboss) after the top 5 reversal form Midvaal with van Nieuwenhuizen 3rd.  Spurr managed to find first gear this time and everyone had a good start. Davison immediately took the lead into turn 1 with Spurr in 2nd. Andre de Lange (ADL Roofing Mk 1 VW Golf) had a problem with the accelerator and both du Toit’s and Brett Garland (The Tool traders/Auto Dynamix Honda Civic) had to take evasive action, de Lange managed to get back to the pits and re-joined 2 laps down. Meanwhile, Jono du Toit got into the lead, with , Nieuwenhuizen and Garland forming a tight bunch for the entire race, Mark eventually got to the chequered flag first ahead of his brother Jono and Nieuwenhuizen was in 3rd.

SuperHatch Class B saw Niemandt start form the pit lane as he was too late for pre-race, Joubert had a cracker of a start from 2nd to take the lead followed by Shaun Besteman (RDG Opel Kadett), while Martin held 3rd. Jaco Kriel (SuperBoss) and Raynere Joubert (ASAP Peugeot) were also there and trying to get to the sharp end of the field but Scois didn’t put a foot wrong and took the class B line honours ahead of Niemandt who fought through the field from the back and had to really work for his 2nd, 3rd was taken by Martin.

Class C pole was Andrew Heyes (Ford Laser) but he did not make the grid so it was Walter Menin (West Cars VW Golf mk1) in 2nd and Pieter Pienaar 3rd, who both made nice clean starts and within no time they were mixing it up with the back of class B. Van der Walt showed what she was made of from the word go and was making it obvious that she wanted the win, she got into the lead and stayed there, Vernon Stoltz (AFW Engineering Opel Kadett) also wanted to be on the podium and kept it clean and had a good race to finish up in 2nd behind van der Walt, Pienaar (VW Golf mk2) also kept up his podium ways from Midvaal and took 3rd place.

Race 2

Class A saw Davison on pole this time and he had a good start, but van Nieuwenhuizen wanted the win more than anyone else and within no time ensured that he was in the lead with the Honda brigade following him, de Lange’s car was now fixed and he too wanted to get some points. Davison and de Lange had a ding dong battle allowing Nieuwenhuizen, Mark, Jono and Garland to get away, the line honours went to Nieuwenhuizen ahead of Mark and Jono.


Class B had Kriel and Raynere Joubert on the front row, but Niemandt and Scois Joubert wasted no time in getting to the front and making a break from the rest of the pack, Scois lost gears on the penultimate lap taking the pressure off Niemandt, and promoting Martin to second place and Pierre Lubbe (Harness co VW Mk2 Golf) to third, the rest of the class B field had dicing throughout with all 12 of them not giving up.

Class C front row had Willem Kruger (VW Golf Mk1 Octangle Marketing) alongside Walter Menin. Van der Walt got to the front and was never troubled as she took the double for the day. Dean Gregory (Team Gregory VW Golf Mk1) came home in 2nd with Pienaar in 3rd. The class C battle was tough with all the drivers keeping it tight but clean.


  • Class A – , Hilton van Nieuwenhuizen, Jono du Toit
  • Class B – Cyril Niemandt, Nic Martin, Pierre Lubbe
  • Class C – Louise van der Walt, Pieter Pienaar, Willem Kruger

Noggin Award Winners

  • Appi of the Day – Louise van der Walt
  • Chop of the Day – James Menin
  • Spectacle of the Day – Dean Gregory
  • Driver of the Day – Louise van der Walt
Mark Du Toit

The championship is still open and the final round on the 24th of November at Zwartkops as part of the EXTREME Festival day is going to be crunch time for the 2012 champion…. Who will it be???

Pictures of Last Race here.
See you all trackside.
Issued by Mel Spurr.