Killarney report

CARNAGE AT KILLARNEY CAPE TOWN: Teeming rain and bitter cold did little to fob off an excellent crowd at Cape Town's Killarney circuit for rounds 11 and 12 of the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship - one most drivers would like to ...

CARNAGE AT KILLARNEY

CAPE TOWN: Teeming rain and bitter cold did little to fob off an excellent crowd at Cape Town's Killarney circuit for rounds 11 and 12 of the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship - one most drivers would like to forget.

For the third time this season sunny practice days have turned into wet race days and Killarney was no exception on Saturday. However, the weekend's drama started in practice when Mike White's Minolta Toyota Camry and Sabine Reck's Motorplan BMW 318i touched sending the German girl into the wall and leaving her with a compression fracture of her right leg.

Mike White was initially excluded from the meeting for the incident, this sparking an appeal by Toyota resulting in White being fined R5 000, allowed to start and a case which could take some time to fully resolve.

However, this mattered little to championship leader Mike Briggs (Opel Vectra) who notched up what should have his ninth win in 11 starts this season but found himself penalised 30 seconds and relegated to fourth place at the end of the race.

Using the superior traction of the 4x4 system Chris Aberdein powered his Rothmans Audi away from the line to lead into the first corner of the first race. He and Briggs touched and the Audi was sent spinning into the gravel trap.

>From there Briggs simply strolled away into the distance with team mate Grant McCleery who slotted into second spot until lap five when he was forced to retire with a broken steering rack.

Mike White then moved into second place followed by Steve Wyndham's Sasol Ford Mondeo and the BMW Envirocar of Deon Joubert, this pair engaged in a high speed battle until the final lap when Joubert punted Wyndham off the track - earning himself a 30 second penalty.

On the second lap Nic de Waal in the BP Nissan Sentra appeared to be pushed off line by a puddle coming onto the main straight and clouted the pit wall, ricocheting into Anthony Taylor in the Castrol Toyota Camry and putting both cars out of the running.

With the penalties applied Mike White claimed his first victory this year with Chris Aberdein second, Steve Wyndham third ahead of Mike Briggs, Deon Joubert, Sean van der Linde (BMW 318i Envirocar) and Sarel van der Merwe (Sasol Ford Mondeo).

For the second race the track received yet another wetting and, because of the delays during the day, was started in near darkness the drivers being forced to rely on their lights and memory to find a way through the gloom.

Mike White immediately found himself in trouble again earning a 30 second penalty for jumping the start. Chris Aberdein had a new clutch fitted to the Rothmans Audi between races and stalled on the line, collecting a clout from Sean van der Linde's BMW.

The BMW retired with a burst tyre and Aberdein managed one lap before pitting with damage to his rear suspension.

>From his fourth place on the grid Mike Briggs took just three laps to move into the lead, turning in a masterful display of wet weather driving to lead through the flag.

Terry Moss in the second Rothmans Audi who had been a victim of the bumping and boring in the first race, clawed his way through the field from the back of the grid to be second by lap 8 and tried desperately to close on the Opel but was unable to make up the time.

Steve Wyndham had his lights fail on the line but still drove excellently to finish third overall ahead of Sarel van der Merwe and Mike White.

In Class B the first race went to Heinrich Lategan (VW Jetta) followed by Duncan Vos (Nissan Sentra) and Kosie Swanepoel (BMW 325i). Leon Mare (Toyota Sprinter) won the second race from Vos and Lategan.

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Series General
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe , Duncan Vos