Talented Young Johan Fourie Was The Star Of The Day At The Ford Centenary Race Day Talented young Capetonian Johan Fourie was the star of the day at the Ford Centenary national race meeting at AA Kyalami. Fourie, who will campaign in the...
Talented Young Johan Fourie Was The Star Of The Day At The Ford Centenary Race Day
Talented young Capetonian Johan Fourie was the star of the day at the Ford Centenary national race meeting at AA Kyalami.
Fourie, who will campaign in the United States later this year, was a busy young man driving in four races in two categories. He ended up winning three of them, scoring a double in the Prism SASCAR Series with a mechanical problem robbing Fourie of a fourth win in the Wesbank V8 Championship.
Fourie (M&D Ford Thunderbird) dominated both rounds of the SASCAR event and extended his championship lead over East Londoner George Fouche in a Chev Monte Carlo. Fourie won the opening race ahead of Grant van Schalkwyk (Chev Monte Carlo) and Fouche and, second time around, was ahead of Fouche and Kosie Swanepoel in a Ford Thunderbird.
Fourie, this time in a Ford Mustang, chalked up win number three when he won the first heat of the Wesbank event coming home ahead of Hennie Groenewald (Chev Camaro) and championship leader Sarel van der Merwe in the Sasol Ford Mustang. Fourie was in charge of the second race when he slowed with a mechanical problem, and this gave Groenewald his first win of the season with van der Merwe second and Larry Wilford third in the Fuchs Ford Mustang.
Class A championship leader Shaun van der Linde also scored a double in the Midas Production Car Championship, with the Randburg driver dominating both heats. The opening heat, however, needed three starts with a huge accident after the second start ending up with three drivers - Doug Reekie, Irshad Jaffer and Craig Nicholson - sent to Sunninghill Hospital for observation.
Class B was again crowded in controversy following Toyota's withdrawal from the Midas Production Championship on Friday. A court interdict forcing competitors to use a control brake pad - an issue, which led to Toyota's withdrawal - was dismissed on Friday evening and Toyota privateer Mario de Souza won the second heat using free brake pads.
The opening heat was won by Curt Alchin in a Total AMG Honda Ballade, with team-mate and championship leader Gavin Cronje missing the meeting after undergoing an appendix operation during the week. The Class B controversy, however, left a number of unanswered questions.
Capetonian Lawrence Boshoff (Honda Ballade) won both Class C heats, with Class D wins shared by Delta Part Opel Corsa team-mates Leroy Poulter and Stephen Taylor. Carlos Nobre won both Class E heats in a VW Chico in his first AA Kyalami outing of the season.
Tschops Sipuka (VW Polo) and former champion Derrick Irving (VW Polo) shared wins in two entertaining Engen VW Challenge races. The big winner, however, was Graham Nathan with two second places entrenching him at the top of the championship.
Championship leader Jonathan du Toit (Van Diemen) and Morne Jurgens (Mygale) shared the Sasol Formula Ford honours, with Greg Dreyer stretching his lead at the top of the Dark Dog Superbike championship.
Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Honda) took the opening heat ahead of Russell Wood (Vodacom Nashua Yamaha) and Trevor Crookes on the Ducati. Although Dreyer could only manage third place in heat two - behind team-mate Robbie Petersen and Crookes - he increased his championship lead over Wood who was sidelined with engine failure.