KYALAMI, ZA : Terry Moss gave the Rothmans Audi Quattro its debut win the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship at Kyalami on Saturday, sharing the spoils with Mike Brigg's Opel Vectra which won the first of the two races. In the first...
KYALAMI, ZA : Terry Moss gave the Rothmans Audi Quattro its debut win the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship at Kyalami on Saturday, sharing the spoils with Mike Brigg's Opel Vectra which won the first of the two races.
In the first race poleman Mike Briggs (Opel Vectra) blasted away from the line and into the lead he was to maintain through to the finish. Grant McCleery in the second Opel slotted into second place with Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) in third place - these positions also destined to remain unchanged for the 12 laps.
Anthony Taylor (Castrol Toyota Camry) was second fastest in practice following a visit to the country by Julian Bailey who helped the team in testing prior to official practice.
In fourth spot Anthony Taylor, after a slow start, and Deon Joubert (BMW 318i) were involved in a tussle which lasted two laps when Taylor nudged Joubert into a spin coming onto the main straight. Taylor then claimed the position but found himself under increasing pressure from Terry Moss' Rothmans Audi 80 quattro - Moss going past under braking on lap nine.
Chris Aberdein in the second Rothmans Audi then took up the challenge and outbraked Taylor into the AA Bowl on the final lap. However, at the chicane Taylor tried to dive underneath Aberdein and punted the Audi off the circuit under braking.
This let Steve Wyndham in the Ford Mondeo through to claim fourth place behind Moss with Aberdein dropped to 10th overall and Taylor excluded from the results of the race.
Shortly before the start of the second race it began to rain and, although the rain had stopped when the cars moved onto the track, the surface was slick and slippery.
Moss made a brilliant start from the second row of the grid to power the four-wheel drive Rothmans Audi into the lead and set about pulling away from the field.
The first lap produced chaos at the AA Bowl when McCleery hit Aberdein's Audi and spun him. Behind this the BMWs of Shaun van der Linde and Sabine Reck also touched as they tried to avoid Aberdein - both ending up in the gravel trap and out of the race. On the second lap Mike Briggs lost control of his Vectra in Total Corner and smashed heavily into the barriers, destroying the car. He was unhurt.
While Moss steadily pulled away from the field Sarel van der Merwe moved his Sasol Ford Mondeo into second place with Steve Wyndham slotted neatly into third ahead of Anthony Taylor - these all holding position to the finish.
Aberdein recovered from his spin to charge through the field to take fifth place at the finish ahead of Deon Joubert and Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Sentra).
SOUTH AFRICAN SUPER TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 7&8, KYALAMI (ZA), 24 LAPS - 63,90 MILES, APRIL 08.
1. Mike Briggs (Opel Vectra); 21m50,39s; 2. Grant McCleery (Opel Vectra), 21m51,99s; 3. Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i), 21m58,59s; 4. Terry Moss (Audi Quattro), 22m06,30s; 5. Steve Wyndham (Ford Mondeo), 22m10,412s; 6. Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Sentra), 22m11,52s; 7. Sarel van der Merwe (Ford Mondeo), 22m12,06s; 8. Mike White (Toyota Camry), 22m12,67s; 9. Deon Joubert (BMW 318i), 22m22,31s; 10. Chris Aberdein (Audi Quattro), 22m23,58s
1. Terry Moss (Audi Quattro), 26m03,61s; 2. Sarel van der Merwe (Ford Mondeo), 26m05,13s; 3. Steve Wyndham (Ford Mondeo), 26m08,15s; 4. Anthony Taylor (Toyota Camry), 26m14,65s; 5. Chris Aberdein (Audi Quattro), 26m29,68s; 6. Deon Joubert (BMW 318i), 26m31,04s; 7. Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Sentra), 26m41,80s; 8. Mike White (Toyota Camry), 26m43,08s; 9. Hilton Cowie (Alfa Romeo 155), 27m59,89s; 10 Kosie Swanepoel (Class B BMW 325iS), 11 laps.
Fastest lap: Mike Briggs 1m47,05s
Points (after 8 rounds)
1. Briggs, 58; 2. McCleery 30; 3, Joubert 24; 4. Van der Linde 21; 5. Moss 19; 6. De Waal 10.
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