Rounds 17 and 18, Killarney

1999 BANKFIN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 17 AND 18, KILLARNEY RACE DAY, 10/06/99 Colin Windell With maximum points in both races for Giniel de Villiers and a 1-2 in both for Nissan the 1999 Drivers and Manufacturers Championship titles ...

1999 BANKFIN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 17 AND 18, KILLARNEY RACE DAY, 10/06/99

Colin Windell

With maximum points in both races for Giniel de Villiers and a 1-2 in both for Nissan the 1999 Drivers and Manufacturers Championship titles were decided in Cape Town with two races to go - Nissan claiming the title for the third successive year.

Pole sitter Shaun Watson-Smith (Petronas Opel Vectra) led off the line in the first race followed closely by Giniel de Villiers (BP Nissan Primera), Marco dos Santos (Valid Value Nissan Primera), Deon Joubert (Petronas Opel Vectra) and Duncan Vos (BP Nissan Primera).

Vos demoted Joubert to fifth on lap three and a lap later Anthony Taylor (Engen Audi) retired with a blown engine, while Procar runner Dawie Joubert (Honda Ballade) also blew his engine at the Vodacom Bowl and ran off the circuit.

Next time around Shaun van der Linde (Sasol BMW) hit Joubert's oil and spun at around 200 km/h, dropping from seventh to ninth. Watson-Smith's lead came to an end on lap seven when he slowed with a broken throttle cable and was forced to retire. Michael Briggs (Sasol BMW) spun at Continental corner while challenging Chris Aberdein (Engen Audi) for sixth place.

On lap nine, Vos passed Dos Santos for second with a neat move up the inside at Engen Corner. Aberdein retired a lap later with a broken driveshaft. Dos Santos was the next to retire on lap 12, when he left the circuit at high speed after a brake disc shattered under braking at Vodacom Corner.

De Villiers took a comfortable 3,9 second win from Vos, with Joubert a further four seconds in arrears in third place. Terry Moss (Engen Audi) started 10th on the grid and did not have to pass anyone to finish fourth ahead of Briggs and Van der Linde.

Colin Hastie (Spanjaard/Netstar Nissan Primera) won the Procar class after leading from pole position. George Bezhuidenhout (Nissan Engine Exchange Nissan Primera) was second, clinching the title for himself.

De Villiers made it two in a row with another dominant win in the Nissan after leading from start to finish from pole position.

As he stretched his lead, it was team-mate Vos and Watson-Smith who battled for second place behind him. Watson-Smith then held onto the position until lap 12 when he was forced into retirement after running out of brake pads, allowing Vos to take second from Van der Linde, who had a good scrap with Dos Santos for most of the race.

Dos Santos held on to take fourth ahead of Briggs, who had a good race to charge from 10th on the grid. Terry Moss (Engen Audi) came home sixth ahead of Joubert.

Hastie once again won the Procar class, but it was only by 0.035 sec after another great battle with Bezhuidenhout. Martin was a close third, with De Vos in fourth.

SOUTH AFRICAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUNDS 17 & 18, KILLARNEY (ZA), 2 x 15 LAPS, 98,01 KM, NOV 06

Race 1 1. Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera) 20m01,68s; 2. Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera) 20m05,61s; 3. Deon Joubert (BMW 318i) 20m09,79s; 4 Terry Moss (Audi A4) 20m16,69s; 5. Michael Briggs (BMW 318i) 20m23,75s; 6. Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) 20m24,28s; 7. Byron Botha (Nissan Sentra 200Sti) 21m10,30s; 8. Cliff Wilkinson (Nissan Sentra) 21m15,91s; 9. Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera - Procar) 21m15,93s; 10. George Bezuidenhout (Nissan Primera - Procar) 21m23,99s.

Race 2 1. Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Primera) 20m03,30s; 2. Duncan Vos (Nissan Primera) 20m07,86s; 3. Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i) 20m09,77s; 4. Marco dos Santos (Nissan Primera) 20m09,86s; 5. Michael Briggs (BMW 318i) 20m14,26s; 6. Terry Moss (Audi A4) 20m14,50s; 7. Deon Joubert (Opel Vectra) 20m15,38s; 8. Mark Peters (Nissan Primera) 20m28,09s; 9. Chris Aberdein (Audi A4) 20m39,88s; 10. Colin Hastie (Nissan Primera - Procar) 21m21,27s.

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Series General
Drivers Giniel de Villiers , Shaun Watson-Smith , Duncan Vos