AUDI BACK ON TOP IN SOUTH AFRICA KYALAMI, ZA <Colin Windell>: Audi again took control of the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship with Terry Moss taking his Rothmans Audi A4 to victory in both races at Kyalami on Saturday while team...
AUDI BACK ON TOP IN SOUTH AFRICA
KYALAMI, ZA <Colin Windell>: Audi again took control of the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship with Terry Moss taking his Rothmans Audi A4 to victory in both races at Kyalami on Saturday while team mate Chris Aberdein notched up third and second place points.
Grant McCleery put his Opel Vectra on pole for the first race - and eight lap sprint - with Michael Briggs seventh fastest, just 0,3 seconds slower! However, Moss judged things right and blasted through from the second row of the grid in Turn 2 (now the Pennzoil Curves) to take the lead he was to hold to the finish. McCleery tucked in behind him and ran the race in second place some 2,33 seconds behind the leader with Aberdein third and just not able to catch and pass the Opel.
Deon Joubert in the Motorplan BMW drove aggressively trying to catch Aberdein but had to settle for fourth ahead of Craig Baird (BMW Envirocar) and Shaun van der Linde (BMW Envirocar). Briggs ran sixth in the Opel Vectra until lap five when he locked his brakes in WesBank Corner and slid off the circuit.
In the second race, a 16-lapper, Moss was taken by surprise as Van der Linde's BMW blasted through into the lead. In the first race Van der Linde experimented with a longer first gear but went back to the standard setup for the second race. It worked, and he led the opening laps, driving close to the limit while trying to conserve his tyres. With 10 laps to go the BMW was sliding wildly and both Moss and Aberdein were able to get past.
Van der Linde held on for third place ahead of Michael Briggs, Grant McCleery and Deon Joubert with Julian Bailey in the Minolta Toyota Camry in seventh spot.
AA FLEETCARE SOUTH AFRICA SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 5 & 6, KYALAMI (ZA), 1X8 LAPS + 1X16 LAPS - 102,24 km, MAY 04,
Race 1: 1, Terry Moss (Audi A4 quattro), 14m16,10s, 145 km/h; 2, Grant McCleery (Opel Vectra), 14m18,44s; 3, Chris Aberdein (Audi A4 quattro), 14m18,92s; 4, Deon Joubert (BMW 318i), 14m21,08s; 5, Craig Baird (BMW 318i), 14m26,81s; 6, Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i), 14m27,10s; 7, Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Sentra), 14m27,24s; 8, Julian Bailey (Toyota Camry), 14m27,57s; 9, Anthony Taylor (Toyota Camry), 14m32,44s; 10, Duncan Vos (Nissan Sentra), 14m33,03s.
Race 2: 1, Terry Moss (Audi A4 quattro), 28m35,43s, 145 km/h; 2, Chris Aberdein (Audi A4 quattro), 28m35,70s; 3, Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i), 28m44,57s; 4, Michael Briggs (Opel Vectra), 28m45,57s; 5, Grant McCleery (Opel Vectra), 28m53,77s; 6, Deon Joubert (BMW 318i), 28m55,33s; 7, Julian Bailey (Toyota Camry), 29m00,20s; 8, Hennie Groenewald (Audi 80 quattro), 29m07,59s; 9, Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Sentra), 29m07,60s; 10, Duncan Vos (Nissan Sentra), 29m 08,08s.
Championship Positions (after 6 rounds): 1, Moss 30 points; 2, Aberdein 28; 3, Briggs 23; 4, McCleery 19; 5, Van der Linde 16; 6, Joubert/Baird/Vos 7.
Manufacturers Points: 1, BMW 66; 2, Audi/Opel 54; 4, Toyota 51; 5, Nissan 26.