Bankfin Championship Review

1999 BANKFIN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 19 & 20 (24 laps, 102,4 km) NOVEMBER 27/28 Colin Windell Duncan Vos took his BP Nissan Primera to his second win of the season in the penultimate round of the 1999 Bankfin Touring Car Championship...

1999 BANKFIN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 19 & 20 (24 laps, 102,4 km) NOVEMBER 27/28

Colin Windell

Duncan Vos took his BP Nissan Primera to his second win of the season in the penultimate round of the 1999 Bankfin Touring Car Championship and in the process secured second place in the points standings behind team-mate Giniel de Villiers, while in race two Michael Briggs had his first win of the season in his last race for the Sasol BMW team.

Vos earned his laurels after trailing teammate Giniel de Villiers and Shaun van der Linde (Sasol BMW 318i) for the first eight laps, moving into second when De Villiers slowed with an engine misfire. The BMW driver was forced to pit on the penultimate lap with driveshaft problems, leaving Vos to take the flag.

Michael Briggs (Sasol BMW) fought off a determined challenge from Shaun Watson-Smith (Petronas Opel Vectra) to take a hard-earned second just two tenths of a second ahead of Watson-Smith with Anthony Taylor (Engen Audi A4) fourth ahead of team-mate Terry Moss. De Villiers, who had the consolation of setting the fastest lap of the race on lap two, was sixth.

Briggs led the second12-lapper from start to finish and fended off a determined challenge from 1999 champion Giniel de Villiers (BP Nissan). Although it was Briggs' first win of the year it gave BMW the distinction of winning the opening and closing races of the 20-race season.

Terry Moss, who had trailed the two leaders throughout the race in his Engen Audi, finished third ahead of Duncan Vos with Mark Peters (BP Nissan) fifth and Marco dos Santos first independent sixth in his Nissan Valid Value Primera.

Marco do Santos will take over the BMW seat vacated by Briggs while Audi stalwart Chris Aberdein had his last race having decided to hang up his helmet after 13 seasons as a works Audi driver.

SOUTH AFRICAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 19 & 20, KYALAMI (ZA), 2 x 12 LAPS, 102,48 KM, NOV 27/28, Race 1 1 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera), 23m 02,75s, 01m 53,92s, 135 km/h; 2 Michael Briggs (BMW) 23m 05,93s; 3 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel) 23m 06,16s; 4 Anthony Taylor (Audi) 23m 06,73s; 5 Terry Moss (Audi) 23m 08,08s; 6 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan) 23m 09,05s; 7 Deon Joubert (Opel) 23m 09,36s; 8 Mark Peters (Nissan) 23m 15,29s; 9 Chris Aberdein (Audi) 23m 27,17s; 10 Byron Botha (Nissan) 24m 04,98s. Fastest lap: De Villiers, 1 min 53,40 sec.

Race 2 1 Michael Briggs (BMW) 23m 07,47s, 1m 54,30s, 132,7 km/h; 2 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan) 23m 08,46s; 3 Terry Moss (Audi) 23m 08,09; 4 Duncan Vos (Nissan) 23m 11,30s; 5 Mark Peters (Nissan) 23m 11,78s; 6 Marco dos Santos (Nissan) 23m12, 29s; 7 Shaun van der Linde (BMW) 23m 13,06s; 8 Deon Joubert (Opel) 23m 14,93s; 9 Chris Aberdein (Audi) 23m 37,54s; 10 Cliff Wilkinson (Nissan) 24m 22,24s. Fastest lap: De Villiers, 1m 54,175s.

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Touring Car Drivers

1 De Villiers 241; 2 Vos 174; 3 Van der Linde 142; 4 Dos Santos 139; 5 Briggs 125; 6 Peters 114; 7 Taylor 97; 8 Moss 91; 9 Deon Joubert 89; 10 Watson-Smith 82.

Manufacturers

1 Nissan 656; 2 Audi 259; 3 BMW 242; 4 Opel 158; 5 Toyota 13; 6 Honda 4.

Independents' Challenge

1 Dos Santos 287; 2 Botha 136; 3 Wilkinson 116; 4 Waberski 46; 5 Scribante 12; 6 Luyt 8.

Procar Challenge

1 Bezuidenhout 220; 2 Hastie 155; 3 Dawie Joubert 114; 4 Da Cunha 96; 5 Martin 92; 6 De Vos 18; 7 Verwoerd 16; 8 Droppa 14; 9 Roos 13.

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Drivers Giniel de Villiers , Duncan Vos