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MORGENROOD SCORES ANOTHER DOUBLE IN EAST LONDON By Barry de Klerk Damp weather failed to douse the spirits of racefans on Saturday as Ben Morgenrood scored another double in the first official round of the SASCAR series at the magnificent East...

MORGENROOD SCORES ANOTHER DOUBLE IN EAST LONDON
By Barry de Klerk

Damp weather failed to douse the spirits of racefans on Saturday as Ben Morgenrood scored another double in the first official round of the SASCAR series at the magnificent East London Grand Prix circuit on Saturday 7 October.

Race one was led off by polesitter George Fouche, but it was all change as they swept through the awesome Potters Pass and Rifle bend - the two fastest bends in South African racing. Morgenrood, Fouche and Peter Lindenberg changed positions several times in what was a great show for the crowds. After Morgenrood bumped Fouche out of the race the battle continued between him and Lindenberg, with the matter finally being settled in Morgenrood's favour two laps from the end.

Morgenrood and Lindenberg led in Marthinus Briers, Rob Beaumont and rising star Gugu Zulu, who ran in 6th place before he spun at the slow Cocabana corner.

"I thought that Peter and George would take one-another out, but when they did not, I took George out," said Ben Morgenrood after the race, who added that he had not had so much fun racing for years.

<pre> HI-Q RACE 1 RESULTS: 1 Ben Morgenrood (#7 Hillbank/Ford) 2 Peter Lindenberg (2 Kwik-Fit/Bosal/PS 23 Lubrioil - Ford) 3 Martinus Briers (#5 National Car Rental - Ford) 4 Rob Beaumont (#69 Tyco Trucking International - Chev) 5 George Fouche (#10 Fasfit - Chev) 6 Grant van Schalkwyk (# 42 Hi-Q - Chev) 7 Gugu Zulu (#25 Hi-Tech Automotive - Ford) 8 Justin Price (#24 PPG Paints - Ford) 9 John Simpson (#63 Unsponsored - Chev) 10 Deon Auby (#96 Tyco Trucking International - Chev) 11 Claude Williams (#9 Barnetts Auto Spares - Chev) 12 Zane Pearce (#18 Hi-Q - Chev)

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Morgenrood and Lindenberg were again the main contenders in a cold and wet race two. Behind them Rob Beaumaont was followed by Marthinus Briers, until the latter shot off the track and into the bushes, narrowly being missed by George Fouche who won the Businessure R1,500 `accident avoidance' cheque. Fouche took 3rd place from Beaumont, who then left the track with Grant van Schalkwyk.

Lindenberg was another accident victim, losing it in the esses. Fouche inherited 2nd place, followed by van Shalkwyk and Zulu, who had a much better weekend than he had at Aldo Scribante.

<pre> HI-Q RACE 2 RESULTS: 1. Ben Morgenrood (#7 Hillbank/Ford) 2. George Fouche (#10 Fasfit - Chev) 3. Grant van Schalkwyk (# 42 Hi-Q - Chev) 4. Gugu Zulu (#25 Hi-Tech Automotive - Ford) 5. Justin Price (#24 PPG Paints - Ford) 6. Kosie Swanepoel (#23 PS 23 Lubrioil - Chev) 7. Zane Pearce (#18 Hi-Q - Chev) 8. Deon Auby (#96 Tyco Trucking International - Chev) 9. John Simpson (#63 Unsponsored - Chev) 10. Claude Williams (#9 Barnetts Auto Spares - Chev)

The overall results were as follows: 1. Ben Morgenrood (#7 Hillbank/Ford) 200 points 2. George Fouche (#10 Fasfit - Chev) 170 3. Grant van Schalkwyk (# 42 Hi-Q - Chev) 155 4. Gugu Zulu (#25 Hi-Tech Automotive - Ford) 145 5. Justin Price (#24 PPG Paints - Ford) 135 6. Deon Auby (#96 Tyco Trucking International - Chev) 110 7. John Simpson (#63 Unsponsored - Chev) 110 8. Kosie Swanepoel (#23 PS 23 Lubrioil/Chevrolet - Chev) 105 9. Zane Pearce (#18 Hi-Q - Chev) 105 10. Claude Williams (#9 Barnetts Auto Spares - Chev) 95 11. Peter Lindenberg (2 Kwik-Fit/Bosal/PS 23 Lubrioil - Ford) 95 12. Martinus Briers (#5 National Car Rental - Ford) 85 13. Rob Beaumont (#69 Tyco Trucking International - Chev) 80 14. Jean-Jac Maree (22 RCS Auto Card - Ford) 0

<pre> In addition to the races there was also a GoodYear pit stop competition which was won by Fouche, who used his considerable sportscar experience, including multiple Le Mans races to beat all comers. At the opposite extreme of experience, Gugu Zulu scared his pit crew with a double spin, while Justin Price missed his stopping point entirely. Pit stops will become a part of the actual races at a later stage.

The next round will be at Killarney on 28 October, giving Capetown fans a chance to root for their favourite drivers and, of course, Ford vs Chevrolet.

Barry de Klerk

bj@cyberhost.co.za

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Series Stock car
Drivers George Fouche , Peter Li
Teams Williams