AA Kyalami, February 19, 2000 Colin Windell Two poles and two wins kickstarted Giniel de Villiers' chase for another Bankfin Touring Car title as he drove his BP Nissan Primera to its accustomed podium placing at AA Kyalami in the opening...
AA Kyalami, February 19, 2000 Colin Windell
Two poles and two wins kickstarted Giniel de Villiers' chase for another Bankfin Touring Car title as he drove his BP Nissan Primera to its accustomed podium placing at AA Kyalami in the opening rounds of the new season on Saturday - this despite carrying 40 kilograms of ballast.
De Villiers simply drove unchallenged into the distance as Anthony Taylor (Engen Audi) tried his best to keep in touch, the two leaders pulling away from the bunch fighting for third. Shaun van der Linde (BMW 320i) finally grabbed the place from Shaun Watson-Smith (Petronas Opel Vectra) with Duncan Vos (BP Nissan Primera) coming from behind to claim fifth place ahead of teammate Mark Peters (Slush Puppy BP Nissan Primera) and Terry Moss (Engen Audi).
If the opening race was bit pedestrian, the second one provided the large crowd with a superb display in the race for third place after De Villiers and Vos had blasted several seconds away from the pack, De Villiers finally winning 3,4 seconds ahead of Vos.
As these two streaked away Van der Linde, Taylor, Watson-Smith and Marco dos Santos (BMW 320i) were locked together with Van der Linde and Taylor lapping the circuit side-by-side for almost six laps.
Taylor eventually found a way past with a good move at WesBank on the sixth tour, and remained there to the flag as Van der Linde spun out after an ill-judged move at Nashua on the last lap. Taylor's efforts were in vain and he was disqualified after his car was found to be underweight.
Watson-Smith took advantage of Van der Linde's spin to claim third, despite his engine going sick on him from mid-distance. Dos Santos disappeared from the battle on lap eight when he challenged Watson-Smith at the Telkom Curves, but made a hash of it and ended up with his car stuck in the gravel.
Moss came home in a distant fourth place, ahead of Van der Linde and Neil Stephen (Continental Audi).
SOUTH AFRICAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 1 & 2, KYALAMI (ZA), 2 x 12 LAPS, 102,4 KM, FEB 19, Race 1 1 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera), 23m10,15s, 1m53,74s, 132,4 km/h; 2 Anthony Taylor (Audi A4), 23m12,96s; 3 Shaun van der Linde (BMW 320i), 23m14,61s; 4 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel Vectra), 23m16,50s; 5 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera), 23m17,46s; 6 Mark Peters (Nissan Primera), 23m17,84s; 7 Terry Moss (Audi A4), 23m25,63s; 8 Marco do Santos (Nissan Sentra), 23m30,12s; 9 Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra), 23m32,35s; 10 Neil Stephen (Audi A4), 23m40,31s.
Race 2 1 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera), 23m03,85s, 1m54,20, 132,6 km/h; 2 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera), 23m11,03s; 3 Anthony Taylor (Audi A4), 23m24,33s; 4 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel Vectra), 23m28,36s; 5 Terry Moss (Audi A4), 23m36,80s; 6 Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i), 23m37,07s; 7 Neil Stephen (Audi A4), 23m43,95s; 8 Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra), 23m55,68s; 9 Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera Procar) -1 lap.