In what is already turning out to be a tightly contested championship at this early stage of the season, reigning champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) and Steven Morris (InvestChem Mygale) left the Vodacom Power Tour race meeting at Killarney...
In what is already turning out to be a tightly contested championship at this early stage of the season, reigning champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) and Steven Morris (InvestChem Mygale) left the Vodacom Power Tour race meeting at Killarney tied on points after a day of drama on Saturday.
English youngster Morris, who has been racing in this country for the past two years, took both victories on the day, despite finishing second on the road both times.
Capetonian Craig Allan (CRT Van Diemen) qualified on pole position for race one, but his performance was mired in controversy as he had raced in a local regional race the previous week. The series rules require that no one may practice at an upcoming venue between the previous race meeting and the race itself. The officials did not deem Allan's race practice, allowing him to remain at the head of the field.
Allan, who raced sporadically last year, drove a superb race to win by two seconds, but he was docked 30 seconds for a jumped start, relegating him to eighth place. He also set the fastest lap of the race.
Morris chased him hard for the first three-quarters of the race before dropping back in the closing stages, and was fortunate to inherit the win after the latter's penalty. These two had broken clear of the pack at the end of the first lap when third-placed Jayde Kruger (Wap Alto Mygale) spun at Cape Town corner, scattering the chasing pack.
Kruger qualified second fastest, his best ever qualifying result, but the spin put him out of contention. David Veringa (Sabat Van Diemen) held third early on, but was passed by Wolk on lap three, and then ran off the circuit dropping him down the field. He recovered from his mishap to finish fourth.
Wolk was classified second, some 6 seconds behind Morris, but he came under pressure from Donovan Howard (Tic Tac/Wap Alto Mygale) for most of the race as the latter finished just 0.1 sec in arrears.
Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale) fought off Sean Petterson (ETL Solutions Van Diemen) for fifth place, the latter having the strongest race of his career.
Race two was revised and therefore the following summary and the points have been revised (2005-04-07).
Race two saw more drama with a huge accident on the back straight bringing out the red flags on lap 4. Lesley Reynolds (Wap Alto Mygale) and Kruger inadvertently touched at close on 200 km/h when Veringa's car faulted. Reynolds and Kruger slammed hard into the barriers and surrounding pit buildings, and were fortunate to escape unhurt, a testimony to the strength of the cars.
Before the race was stopped, Wolk had fought his way past Morris for the lead. The two resumed their battle for victory at the restart with Wolk fending off Morris for the remainder of the race to score his second win of the year by just 0.2 seconds.
Veringa was third on combined times, although fourth place finisher Allan finished close to the leading duo in the second part of the race and lost out to Veringa by just 0.4 seconds.
Howard was fourth on the road, just ahead of Veringa, but was only classified eighth after being delayed in the first part of the race. Robinson was classified fifth ahead of Pettersen.
<pre> Race one: 1) Steve Morris 2) Robert Wolk 3) Donovan Howard 4) David Veringa 5) Martin Robinson 6) Sean Pettersen
Race Two: 1) Robert Wolk 2) Steve Morris 3) David Veringa 4) Craig Allan 5) Martin Robinson 6) Sean Pettersen
Revised championship points after round 2: 1) Robert Wolk 35 2) Steven Morris 28 2) David Veringa 28 4) Donovan Howard 16 5) Jayde Kruger 11 6) Martin Robinson 10