KYALAMI, ZA: Grant McCleery and Shaun van der Linde shared podium honours for rounds 13 and 14 of the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship run at Kyalami on Saturday, each driver notching up a win on a day when the, perhaps, more fancied ...
KYALAMI, ZA: Grant McCleery and Shaun van der Linde shared podium honours for rounds 13 and 14 of the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship run at Kyalami on Saturday, each driver notching up a win on a day when the, perhaps, more fancied runners were relegated to midfield placings.
McCleery took his Opel Vectra to a largely unchallenged win in the first heat, blasting off the line to beat pole man Anthony Taylor (Castrol Toyota Camry) to the first corner. From there he steadily opened up a gap on the field while Taylor contested second place for the first six laps with Shaun van der LindeAs BP Envirocar BMW 318i. Braking problems then forced Taylor to concede places allowing Mike Briggs (Opel Vectra) to move into third place with Julian Bailey (Minolta Toyota Camry) claiming fourth.
Behind them Craig Baird (BMW 318i) came under heavy pressure in the closing laps and had to concede fifth place to Terry Moss in the Rothmans Audi A4 - both Audis well back on the grid as a result of problems with the new Michelin 9C tyres introduced at the East London round.
In the second race Shaun van der Linde made good use of his pole position to run away unchallenged to victory with Deon Joubert (Motorplan BMW 318i) occupying second place for the duration - just reward after being punted off on lap 1 of the first race in a close encounter with Briggs.
From some way behind the two leaders Terry Moss steadily forced his Audi closer to the group and was looking to challenge for second when Joubert cleverly used a backmarker, forcing the Audi driver to brake going down the Mineshaft. This allowed McCleery to sneak through to claim third place ahead of Moss with New Zealander Craig Baird (BMW 318i) in fifth place ahead of Bailey, Taylor and Briggs.
SOUTH AFRICAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP, KYALAMI ZA, JUNE 29, ROUNDS 13&14, 2X12 LAPS, 102,25 km.
Heat 1 1. Grant McCleery (Opel Vectra), 21m34,47s, best lap 1m46,81s, 142,2 km/h; 2. Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i), 21m34,67s; 3. Mike Briggs (Opel Vectra), 21m38,24s; 4. Julian Bailey (Toyota Camry), 21m38,74s; 5. Terry Moss (Audi A4), 21m40,90s; 6. Craig Baird (BMW 318i), 21m42,41s; 7. Chris Aberdein (Audi A4), 21m42,65s; 8. Anthony Taylor (Toyota Camry), 21m43,12s; 9. Duncan Vos (Nissan Sentra), 21m49,87s; 10. Giniel de Villiers (Nissan Sentra), 21m58,42s.
Heat 2 1. Shaun van der Linde (BMW 318i), 21m30,67s, best lap 1m46,12s,142,6 km/h; 2. Deon Joubert (BMW 318i), 21m33,23s; 3. Grant McCleery (Opel Vectra), 21m35,12s; 4. Terry Moss (Audi A4), 21m35,55s; 5. Craig Baird (BMW 318i), 21m35,56s; 6. Julian Bailey (Toyota Camry), 21m37,69s; 7. Anthony Taylor (Toyota Camry), 21m38,56s; 8. Mike Briggs (Opel Vectra), 21m44,66s; 9. Chris Aberdein (Audi A4), 21m44,78s; 10. Hennie Groenewald (Audi 80), 21m46,22s.
Championship Points 1. Moss 68 points; 2. Aberdein 62; 3. McCleery/Van der Linde 46; 5. Briggs 37; 6. Bailey/Joubert 23; 8. Baird 19; 9. Groenewald 13; 10. Vos 10.
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Morne Jurgens went one step closer to claiming the title for 1996 with two decisive wins, taking his Jurgens Truck Centre Swift to the flag ahead of Max Corte (Dash Building Materials Swift) in each encounter. Stephan Bosman (Genaire Swift) made the scoring simple by finishing third both times. In Class B celebrations were a bit delayed when an uncharacteristic off in the first heat meant Malcolm Cochrane (File Hire Swift) had to come from behind to race through the field to score his 13th class win of the season and confirm himself as the 1996 class champion.
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Robby Smith (Firestone BMW 328i) claimed overall victory for the day with two victories, the second coming only after Sasol Ford Telstar driver Ben Morgenrood raced to the flag but was penalised for jumping the start. SmithAs arch-rival in the series Grant van Schalwyk (Transtech BMW 328i) finished second for the day ahead of Steve Wyndham (Sasol Ford Teslstar).
The Formula Vee series, now more than 30 years old, is being dominated by 49-year-old Gawie Gouws who notched up two more wins at Kyalami on Saturday, finishing the day ahead of Anthony Taylor, Symm Grobler and Victor Marcon.