South Africa Killarney race notes 2004-02-21

Killarney Club and National Invitation Races Killarney - SA, 21 February 2004 -- Hot and very windy conditions made life in the sun miserable but the action on the circuit was fair. 1 Formula Libre Single Seaters 2x8 laps Not even the ...

Killarney Club and National Invitation Races

Killarney - SA, 21 February 2004 -- Hot and very windy conditions made life in the sun miserable but the action on the circuit was fair.

1 Formula Libre Single Seaters 2x8 laps

Not even the presence of Brian Maunder could improve the standard of the two single seater heats. After showing some strong potential in the past the series did not exactly get off the line with a stunning presentation as nine cars qualified and seven finished the first heat.

Somewhat predictably it was Brian Maunder winning much as he pleased in the FGTi Swift with Craig Allen second in the Hyperformance prepared Formula Ford Swift and Doug MacDonald third in his Formula Vee Rhema. Roy Phillips taking fourth in his Formula Ford Ray 83F and Andrew Henderson fifth in his Formula Vee. Wade Godding sixth in his Formula Vee Lantis. Reg Andrerson was putting in a spirited performance until he put his FGTi Swift off into the kitty litter at Cell C corner and Ashfaak Dawood struggled with a serious misfire.

Heat two saw Ashfaak Dawood return to the fray in his FGti Swift 92 and he soon caught and passed Brian Maunder, who simply had to finish to take overall victory for the day. Reg Anderson managed to avoid any further temptations to go rallying and placed his Swift third with Doug MacDonald fourth, Roy Phillips fifth and Wade Godding sixth. Overall Maunder beat Dawood in class A, Allen beat Anderson in class B and in class C the order behind MacDonald was Phillips from Henderson, Godding, Fourie and Basson.

2 Barnett Auto Spares Clubmans D,E,F,X 2x8 laps

The first heat had to be red flagged on lap one when the Mazda 323 of Sean le Riche dumped its guts on the racing line into the very fast Shell sweep.

Cobus Claasen drove the ex-John Craig Bell Motors Nissan Sentra 2.0 STi to a fairly easy victory on his debut with the potent silver car and should soon be amongst the class A drivers.

Dave Beecroft was consistent as ever with his Dredge-A-Drain class D Nissan Sentra STi 2.0. Actually these two cars were the Nissan works GpN entries many moons ago but the Claasen car have since been extensively developed whilst the Beecroft car has very much remained GpN spec.

Mark "Smurf" Smith placed the class D MRD VW Polo Playa third with Denis Geyer taking a morale boosting fourth in his Opel Astra 2.0. Adriaan Mossop initially led the way in his well prepared class E Ford Escort 2.0 but gradually faded to fifth spot with Jo Hensen sixth in his class D VW Golf. Howard Daniels winning class F in his GTi Challenge VW Golf 1800.

Heat two saw Claasen win by less than half a second from a determined Denis Geyer and Dave Beecroft once again running cleanly to third spot. Mark Smith brought the Polo home in fourth spot with Adriaan Mossop fifth and Gerhard Clements sixth in the second Opel Astra 2.0. Ernest Stier beating Howard Daniels to the flag in class F. Overall the order in class D was Beecroft from Smith, Henson and Clifford George. Class E had Adriaan Mossop beating Anton Jacobs (Ford Cortina Big Six), Cyril Ginsburg (BMW M3) and Gerhard Clements (Opel Astra 2.0). Howard Daniels took class F from the Ford Escort of Anthony Rix and the Ford Escort's of Ley Fielding and James Hattingh.

Class X entries are new to the series and here it was Cobus Claasen (Nissan Sentra STi 2.0) leading Denis Geyer (Opel Astra 2.0) and Johan Diederiks (VW Golf) home.

3 Powerflow GTi Challenge 2x8 laps

Pieter Gouws impressed with pole position in the ex-Robby Ferroli class A VW Jetta 16v and held on to a popular first heat victory, 0.305 seconds ahead of the turbocharged 130kW class S Yokohama Ferroli Performance Centre VW Golf 1800 (yellow of course). Richard Laughton had the nose of his VW Polo Cup racer right up the exhaust of the yellow Golf and the three certainly entertained with some great racing. Gerrit Coetzee found himself struggling to keep up in the 1800 class A Harveys Travel Malmesbury VW Golf Chico. Andries van Eeden drove the wheels off his class B VW Golf but could not match the pace of the leading four. Brendon Lennox taking sixth place in his VW Polo Cup Classic racer.

Mike Nathan made it to Engen corner on the warm up lap before the front suspension parted company with the normally very rapid class A Teazers VW Polo Playa (his former rally car). It was encouraging to see eighteen cars on the grid and there is promise of more to come. No Grant van Eck or George Economides was unusual. Even more disappointing was the absence of the newly crowned GTI Challenge champion, Wanie Phillips. His new car simply not ready for action yet.

Heat two was hard fought between Richard Laughton and Robby Ferroli with the better handling of the Polo Cup racer proving too good to beat. Pieter Gouws went off the boil in the Jetta and settled for third with Gerrit Coetzee fourth and Andries van Eeden fifth. Brendon Lennox taking sixth in his Polo Cup Classic racer.

Overall the first Powerflow GTi Challenge event had Pieter Gouws take a popular first place in class A with Gerrit Coetzee second, Howard Daniels third and Quinton Velder fourth in his Golf II. Zameer Dawjee taking fifth and Theo Potgieter sixth in his Hyperformance VW Golf MkI. Class B saw Andries van Eeden first with Chad Rhoda second, Stefanie Aukett third in her Barnett Auto Spares VW Golf 1800 CTi and Richard Armstrong fifth in his Citi Golf MkI. Gary Rodkin placed his Citi Golf fifth with Peet van der Walt sixth after a miserable day in the U-Store-It VW Golf Citi 1800. Gerard Nefdt the only class C finisher and in class S Richard Laughton beat Robbie Ferroli, Brendon Lennox and Brandon Morgan to the flag.

Expect more fireworks at the front of the field on 13 March when Gerrit Coetzee returns with 16v 2.0 power. Mike Nathan retired from heat two with gear linkage problems but will be back.

4 Honda Cape Town Motorcycles D / Powersport / Classic / Vintage 2x8 laps

Danie Maritz left the startline like a scalded cat on the 260kg 1974 Honda CBX 1000 and really set a rapid pace throughout the race. The howl of the sixpack was a delight and Danie showed why he is one of the most respected racers on the local scene. As the race progressed the heat started taking its toll and Hilton Redelinghuys (class C Honda VR 400) started to put the big machine under pressure. Third place went to equally determined Donovan le Cok (Prima Toys class C Honda VFR 400) and the class C Honda VFR 400 of Inigo van Niekerk.

Heat two saw Danie Maritz command from the front again and he once again impressed enroute to his second win of the day. Donovan le Cok and Donovan Rodgers tangled entering Engen corner on lap six and the resultant prang saw le Cok ferried off in the ambulance for a check. Injuries proved within biker limitations so expect more of the same somewhere in the future. Hilton Redelinghuys settled for second place with Trevor Westman third aboard his class D Honda NC 30 and Norman McFadden fourth (class D Honda CBR 600).

Overall the results read Trevor Westman first in class D with Norman McFaden second, Stefan Nel third, Lance Jonas fourth, Alan Kessell fifth and Cindy Brown sixth. Neill Wilkie (1976 BMW R100RS) won the Classic category from Marco Sanders (1974 Ducati 750SS), Johan Booyens (1974 BMW R90S) and Guy Moat (1956 BSA Goldstar). Hilton Redelinghuys taking the Powersport category aboard his rapid Honda VFR400 from Trevor Westman, Inigo van Niekerk, Lance Jonas, Alan Kessell and Cindy Brown. Vintage category dominated by the CBX of Danie Maritz with David Bolding a long way back aboard the Superbike Solutions Suzuki Katana 1100. Tony Jones taking third aboard his 1983 Ducati TT F1 and "Fast" Fred Lewis taking fourth aboard the hard working Fred's Tree Service 1983 Yamaha RD350.

5 SASCARS 2x15 laps

Returning to the Cape after nearly two years much was expected from the Wesbank Raceway based series. With local ace, Kosie Swanepoel, driving the Wynns / Barnett Auto Spares Ford Thunderbird local interest was high. Sadly only ten cars attended this meeting and half of these were class B entries.

With Peter Lindenberg owning virtually the entire entry the series certainly did not have an air of success about it and it showed little signs of progress since their last visit to Killarney.

Deon Auby surprised by placing his Tony's Logistics Ford Thunderbird on pole with Kosie Swanepoel sharing the front row. Auby led from the line but was hauled in by first Kosie Swanepoel and then Peter Lindenberg in his Mack Trucks Ford Thunderbird. (NO Chevy's present at all !) Cannot help but wonder whether the Lazarus Motor Company (Ford) sponsorship banished the Chev entries into obscurity. Deon Auby struggled with drivetrain problems but managed third ahead of young Jimmy Auby and Marc Auby. (The balance of the field was owned by the Auby family) and sixth spot went to Patrick Seddon. He was spun out on the oval track section in Engen corner by Nick de Jong.

These V8 cars sound great and have the potential to be extremely entertaining, yet something was lacking on the day. Kosie and Peter enjoyed a brilliant cat and mouse chase for most of the second heat before Swanepoel outbraked himself into Cell C, allowing Lindenberg to win comfortably. Deon Auby took over the Robert Bakewell car for the second heat and a fine second place was just award for a sterling effort. Jimmy Auby taking third with Nick de Jong fourth and Kosie Swanepoel fifth. Patrick Seddon removed a few kilograms of weight from his car with another assisted off in Cell C but still managed sixth.

Muliple SA F1 Powerboat champion, Peter Lindenberg, extending his championship lead with overall victory with Deon Auby second and young Jimmy Auby impressing with a fine second overall. Kosie Swanepoel will be kicking himself but fourth place netted some valuable points and he is now set to make his debut I the VW Polo Cup series at Kyalami on 28 February, driving the Eugene Lemmer / Barnett Auto Spares entry. Nick de Jong placed fifth with Patrick Seddon sixth and young Ross Lazarus seventh.

6 Barnett Auto Spares Clubmans Classes A, B, C 2x8 laps

Greig Edwards once again proved that his class A Golf MkI is indecently quick, winning heat one from the much improved class B Sirius Finance VW Jetta of Paul Beachy-Head and defending Clubmans champion, Stuart Gatland, in his Renco class B VW Jetta. Jacques Arndt and the big class B Leyland Rover SDi showing a good turn of speed in fourth with former series sponsor, Peter van der Poel, taking fifth spot in his class B Opel Kadett 2.0. John Peiser sixth in his ex-Jesse Hugett VW Jetta touring car.

Greig makes it a double in heat two when he beats Gatland to the line by 2.281 seconds and Jacques Arndt continues to impress by taking a competitive third in the Rover. Peter van der Poel fourth and a battling Paul Beachy-Head fifth in the beautiful Sirius Jetta. Sadly his good run was plagued by gearbox problems in heat two. John Peiser once again taking sixth spot.

Overall Greig Edwards won class A from Jacques Phyfer, both in hot VW Golf entries. Stuart Gatland started his title defence in fine style by claiming first place in class B with Paul Beachy-Head second, Jacques Arndt third and Peter van der Poel fourth.

7 Warwick Supercars 2x8 laps

Affectionately known as the plastic pigs the series started its seventh season in fine style with seventeen cars on the grid and Warwick Finance sponsorship secured for a fifth consecutive season.

Heat one provided some great action as the top six cars ran nose to tail for most of the eight laps. Neil Hawkins (André Groenewald Motors) started the final lap as the likely winner but Deon Joubert (Cell C / 3rd Network) pipped him by a scant 0.428 seconds with Wally Dolinschek third in the ex- Richard Weggelaar car.

Wally sold his championship winning car to Windsor Garage but Jesse Huggett suffered a broken crankshaft in practice and the car did not start the races. With Owen Ashley planning an improved "plastic pig" with new body shape and possibly even turbocharged power both Wally and Richard sold their cars in anticipation of buying the new edition vehicles. Wally also had plans to contest the SASCAR races but at R20 000 rental fee the weekend would have proved rather expensive. With his regular car sold, Wally had to quickly prepare the Weggelaar car and third spot was not bad at all.

"Old man" Richard Schreuder even managed a new coat of paint on his TRS entry and the popular Paarl driver slotted into fourth with Marcel Angel fifth in the Autohaus Angel entry. Divan Wentzel showing some good form enroute to sixth place in the Barnett Auto Spares entry. Trying hard in heat two Deon Joubert also encountered braking problems into Cell C corner, demonstrating exactly how Kosie Swanepoel spun the SASCAR earlier in the afternoon. Doubt whether this was what 3rd Network had in mind for publicity but it did allow Neil Hawkins to run away at the front and lead Marcel Angel over the line after Richard Schreuder and Wally Dolinschek disputed the lead into Vodacom corner and found that two Supercars cannot occupy the same patch of tarmac. Richard recovered to finish fifth but Wally sadly had to drop out. Kobus Smit took a fine third place in his Bermar Hydraulics entry with Divan Wentzel fourth and the younger Christoff Smit (Bermar Hydraulics) sixth after a fine race.

9 Honda Cape Town Motorcycles Classes A, B, C 2x8 laps

Preparing for the tough national championship, multiple champion, Russel Wood, and Greg Dreyer was down to try out their new Autopage Yamaha YZF R1 1000 steeds and the two really entertained throughout the day with spectacular riding aboard the beautiful machines. Greg pipped Russel to the flag by a mere 0.163 seconds in heat one with Rob Cragg third on his Suzuki South GSXR1000 and Uwe Schmidt fourth on his Suzuki GSXR 1000. John Oliver (Suzuki GSXR 750) taking fifth and Greg Turner (Suzuki GSXR 1000) sixth.

Greg won heat two with ease after Russel Wood outbraked even himself into Cell C, dropping to sixth overall. Rob Cragg taking second place in the race with Schmidt third, Oliver fourth and Gareth Agnew fifth on his Honda VFR 400. Overall the order in class A was Greg Dreyer first, Rob Cragg second, Russel Wood third, Uwe Schmidt fourth, John Oliver fifth and Gareth Agnew sixth. Stretch Henrick won class B aboard his Eurobike Aprilia RSV and Malcolm Rapson took second with Donavan le Cok third. Mj Maritz won class C on his Kawasaki ZX6R with Gustav Roth second (Suzuki GSXR 1000) and Wayne Arendse third (Honda CBR 600).

10 Summary

Typical first event of the season where some cobwebs had to be ironed out on many a machine, yet there were many names missing from the various entry lists. Hopefully they were just needing more time to complete their vehicles for the year? Next event on 13 March should prove interesting as the rapidly growing Classic series joins in again.

-Patrick Vermaak

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Series Road racing
Drivers Tony Jones , Jimmy Auby , Peter Li
Teams Lazarus