AA Kayalami Rounds 7 and 8 report

2000 BANKFIN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 7 AND 8, AA KYALAMI, MIDRAND SATURDAY, 13th MAY, 2000 Colin Windell Mike Carroll found the right 'go-faster' pills for his Petronas Syntium Opel Vectra drivers at Kyalami, notching up a 1-2 win in...

2000 BANKFIN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 7 AND 8, AA KYALAMI, MIDRAND SATURDAY, 13th MAY, 2000

Colin Windell

Mike Carroll found the right 'go-faster' pills for his Petronas Syntium Opel Vectra drivers at Kyalami, notching up a 1-2 win in the first race at AA Kyalami at the weekend. Nissan responded in the second race with championship leader Giniel de Villiers taking yet another win.

Deon Joubert led round seven from pole position to the chequered flag 7,9 sec ahead of teammate Shaun Watson-Smith. Watson-Smith had to fight his way past both De Villiers and Duncan Vos in the second works Nissan Primera after starting from fifth on the grid. The reigning champion fell back from second on the grid as the 50 kg of penalty weight he was carrying had its effect on his tyres and the Nissan's handling.

Vos finished third, 9,6 sec behind Joubert and 7,8 sec ahead of Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) who came through from the back of the grid after gearbox problems in qualifying.

De Villiers (Nissan) re-asserted his authority in round eight and extended his championship lead after closest rival Watson-Smith (Opel) retired with gearbox problems.

The reigning champion chased poleman Van der Linde (BMW) for four laps before taking the lead and holding off his rival to win his fifth race of the year by 0,7 sec. He also set the fastest lap of the race (a new lap record) with a time of 1 min 52,276 sec.

Vos led the charge for the third podium position throughout the 12 laps, chased by Joubert (Opel) and Moss (Audi). He duly finished third, 1,8 sec behind his teammate and over 12 seconds ahead of Joubert.

SOUTH AFRICAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 7 & 8, AA KYALAMI (ZA), 2 x 12 LAPS, 102,48 Km, MAY 13, Race 1 1 Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra) 22m 46,99s; 2 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel Vectra) 22m 54,95s; 3 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera) 22m 56,60s; 4 Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) 23m 04,41s; 5 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera), 23m 04,42s; 6 Terry Moss (Audi A4) 23m 04,52s; 7 Mark Peters (Nissan Primera) 23m 07,01s; 8 Marco dos Santos (BMW 318i) 23m 19,78s; 9 Neil Stephen (Audi A4) 23m 51,45s; 10 Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera) 23m 51,52s. Fastest lap: Van der Linde, 1 min 52,538 sec.

Race 2 1 Giniel De Villiers (Nissan) 22m 45,875s; 2 Shaun Van der Linde (BMW) 22m 46,641s; 3 Duncan Vos (Nissan) 22m 47,689s; 4 Deon Joubert (Opel) 22m 00,325s; 5 Terry Moss (Audi) 22m 10,826s; 6 Mark Peters (Nissan) 23m 13,569s; 7 Anthony Taylor (Audi) 23m 18,314s; 8 Colin Hastie (Nissan) 23m 24, 696s; 9 Neil Stephen (Audi) 23m 32,880s; 10 George Bezuidenhout (Nissan) 24m 53,690s. Fastest lap (new lap record): De Villiers, 1 min 52,276 sec.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 8 rounds of 20)

Drivers

1 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera) 108; 2 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel Vectra) 77; 3 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera) 61; 4 Terry Moss (Audi A4) 59; 5 Mark Peters (Nissan Primera) 56; 6 Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra) 53; 7 Shaun van der Linde (BMW) 52; 8 Anthony Taylor (Audi A4) 29; 9 Marco dos Santos (BMW) 23; 10 Neil Stephen (Audi A4) 20.

Manufacturers

1 Nissan 236; 2 Opel 122; 3 Audi 99; 4 BMW 67; 5 Toyota 2.

Procar Challenge

1 George Bezuidenhout (Nissan Primera) 102; 2 Marco da Cunha (Nissan Primera) 71; 3 Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera) 67; 4 Anthony Taylor (Nissan Sentra) 34; 5 Brian Martin (Toyota Corolla) 30; 6 Irshad Jaffer (Nissan Primera) 20; 7 Owen Roberts (VW Golf) 19; 8 Visser du Plessis (Nissan Sentra) and Bevin Masters (VW Polo) 16; 10 Luigi Ferro (VW Golf) 13.

Colin Windell colin@autonews.co.za

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Drivers Giniel de Villiers , Shaun Watson-Smith , Mike Carrol , Duncan Vos