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*********************************************************** Colin Windell <colin.windell@digitec.co.za> CyberRace Inc (c) 1996. All rights reserved ************************************************************ THE BATTLE RAGES The ...

*********************************************************** Colin Windell <colin.windell@digitec.co.za> CyberRace Inc (c) 1996. All rights reserved ************************************************************

THE BATTLE RAGES

The season's two main protagonists, Garth Waberski and Morne Jurgens, shared the honours in the third round of the Volkswagen/NGK Formula GTi Championship run at the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix circuit in East London at the weekend.

Jurgens (Swift 92) made the running in practice, setting a pole time of 1m24,978s with Waberski alongside him on the grid just 0,11 seconds in arrears with Max Corte and Basil Mann making up the second row ahead of Johan Smith and Graham Vos. Jurgens claimed pole for the previous race at Kyalami as well, proving again having Matt Keyser doing the preparation of the car is a value-added bonus for any driver.

The 31 qualifiers for the first race of the day blasted off the line with the race immediately turning into something of a needle match between the Swifts of Jurgens and Waberski with Corte, Smith and others in close attendance.

Waberski (SKF/WAP/Reinol Swift 92) finally got the better of Jurgens to claim the victory. Corte (SWift 92) finished third ahead of Johan Smith with Gareth Rodd in the Brian Kruger prepared WAP/SKF Swift; back in the points in fifth place after being found underweight by 10 kg at the Kyalami meeting. Sixth spot went to Graham Vos followed by Barry Inlge and Class B victor Malcolm Cochrane (Swift 91).

Victory in the second race went to Jurgens with Waberski second, but could have gone either way since the race was shortened by two laps while the pair were again engaged in a nail-biting tussle.

With 10 cars fighting for the top six places it was almost inevitable something would happen - Graham Donker T-boned Malcolm Cochrane at the end of the main straight, the resulting wreckage forcing the race stoppage although both drivers emerged with only their pride injured.

This gave Jurgens overall honours for the day from Waberski, Corte, Ingle, Vos and Malcolm Cochrane who also claimed the Class B victory. Second overall in Class B was Willie Lombard's Ray 88 followed by Carlo Sartor (SWift 91).

RESULTS

VOLKSWAGEN/NGK SOUTH AFRICAN FORMULA GTi CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 3, MERCEDES-BENZ GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT, EAST LONDON (ZA), 1X10 LAPS + 1X8 LAPS, 70,56 KM, MARCH 23

Overall Results

1.      Morne Jurgens (Swift 92),  25m34,393s, 165,6 km/h;
2.      Garth Waberski (Swift 92), 25m36,58s;
3.      Max Corte (Swift 92), 25m52,22s;
4.      Barry Ingle (Swift 92), 26m01,21s;
5.      Graham Vos (Swift 92), 26m03,51s;
6.      Malolm Cochrane (Swift 91), 26m04,95s;
7.      Stephan Bosman (Swift 92), 26m11,50s;
8.      Willie Lombard (Ray 88), 26m32,98s;
9.      Carlo Sartor (Swift 91), 26m51,32s;
10.     Ron van Weely (SWift 92), 26m52,75s.

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