KILLARNEY BANKFIN TOURING CARS COLIN WINDELL Nissan is rapidly emerging as the dominant force in the South African Bankfin Touring Car championships with Giniel de Villiers (BP Nissan Primera) leading home a Nissan 1-2-3 in both rounds of the...
KILLARNEY BANKFIN TOURING CARS
Nissan is rapidly emerging as the dominant force in the South African Bankfin Touring Car championships with Giniel de Villiers (BP Nissan Primera) leading home a Nissan 1-2-3 in both rounds of the series at Cape Town's Killarney circuit on Saturday.
Team-mate Duncan Vos finished second ahead of privateer Marco dos Santos (Nissan Valid Value/Elf Primera) -- the three Nissans untroubled throughout the 15-lap race, with De Villiers and Vos putting on a bit of a show in the closing laps, that allowed Dos Santos to close on the works cars.
Shaun van der Linde ran fourth throughout the race in the works Sasol BMW 318i, always within striking distance of Dos Santos and comfortably clear of Anthony Taylor (Engen Audi A4). Michael Briggs was fourth in the early stages behind his BMW team-mate before a brake bias problem dropped him back, the former champion eventually finishing ninth.
Briggs, Taylor, Shaun Watson-Smith (Petronas Opel Vectra), Mark Peters (BP Nissan) and Chris Aberdein (Engen Audi) thrilled the crowd with a spirited battle for fifth place, which saw a number of contact incidents towards the end of the race. Moss joined this group around half distance, just as Peters dropped back with a damaged front wheel and suspension, caused by contact with another car. He pitted and rejoined the race a lap in arrears.
At the flag, it was Taylor in fifth, ahead of Watson-Smith, Moss and Aberdein (sporting frontal damage after contact with another car). Deon Joubert suffered a broken alternator drive belt on his works Petronas Opel and finished 10th.
Nissan's second consecutive 1-2-3 finish saw De Villiers fight off a spirited attack from Dos Santos, who had earlier got the better of an early battle with Vos for second place. It was the reigning champion's fourth consecutive win, which saw him equal Michael Briggs' record of 28 career victories and extend his championship lead over team-mate Vos to 33 points.
Poleman Mark Peters clashed with Taylor's Audi in Continental Corner on lap three while the two were contesting second place, the Nissan driver dropping back to ninth and Taylor retiring on the spot. Peters soldiered on to finish seventh.
There was a race-long battle for fourth, which was finally resolved in Aberdein's favour, the Audi driver getting the better of Watson-Smith (Opel), Van der Linde (BMW), Peters (Nissan), Joubert (Opel), Moss (Audi) and Briggs (BMW).
Moss ran as high as fourth in the early stages, but two 'offs' (one self-inflicted and one when he hit a patch of oil) cost him dearly.
SOUTH AFRICAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 7 & 8, KILLARNEY CIRCUIT (ZA), 2 x 15 LAPS, 98,1 Km, MAY 08, Race 1. 1 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera) 20m2,01s, 1m19,09s, 149 km/h; 2 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera) 20m02,24s; 3 Marco dos Santos (Nissan Primera) 20m03,09s; 4 Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) 20m05,23s; 5 Anthony Taylor (Audi A4) 20m08,51; 6 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel Vectra) 20m11,49s; 7 Terry Moss (Audi A4) 20m12,32s; 8 Chris Aberdein (Audi A4) 20m15,69; 9 Michael Briggs (BMW 318i) 20m18,07s; 10 Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra) 20m26,27s. Fastest lap: De Villiers, 1 min 19,09 sec.
Procar Challenge: 1. Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera) 2. George Bezuidenhout (Nissan Primera); 3. Brian Martin (Toyota).
2. 1 Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera) 20m 03,59s, 1m19,12s, 147 km/h; 2 Marco dos Santos (Nissan Primera) 20m03,75s; 3 Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera) 20m04,15s; 4 Chris Aberdein (Audi A4) 20m11,27; 5 6 Shaun Watson-Smith (Opel Vectra) 20m12,52s; 6 Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) 20m13,40s; 7 Mark Peters (Nissan Primera), 20m17,59s; 8 Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra) 20m22,03s; 9 Terry Moss (Audi A4) 20m37,76s; 10 Michael Briggs (BMW 318i) 20m38,08s.
Procar Challenge: 1. Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera); 2 George Bezuidenhout (Nissan Primera); 3 Marco da Cunha (Nissan Sentra).
Championship Points: 1 de Villiers, 110; 2 Vos, 75; 3 dos Santos, 58; 4. van der Linde, 56; 5. Peters, 48; 6. Aberdein, 36.