4th ROUND NRDA 2015.
The season came down to the final round at Camperdown. Many thanks go to Dieter and his small team for having the track prepped both days. The committee has decided to take rc racing in Natal to all the drought regions in the province, as every race meeting they put on brings rain, this weekend, no exception.
Although some of the championships were already wound up, there was still bragging rights to be had, and so it proved with some really good, tight racing being the order of the day. But, I digress.
Saturday, had the normal bunch of okes trying to find the fast lines, and some looking fairly quick, until the trailer arrived. Missing in action for over 5 years at Cmcc, Mike Wiseman came to play, and hell, did he come to play. Some of us will remember the hours Mike and Dave put in at Dmcc, getting cars on pace, albeit, Pa sitting with stopwatch in one hand and beer in the other, at times fuel bottle as well, but it was so good to see them trying different setups to get on the pace. Deon Gove has been the king of Natal and Sarda this year, and it was a pity Deon was running the off road Nat upcountry, because there would have been one good scrap.
Let the games begin.
13 of these cars split into two heats.
B HEAT ROUND 1.
Ian Stewart leading the bunch off, with the only lady racing, Julia Schauerte, in 2nd chasing hard, and new boy on the block, Piet Du Plessis, going very well, first time out. And everyone forgot about Mr. Quiet, Gordon Neil, after a slow start, getting nudged out the way early, coming through one and all to take a comfortable win by a stunning 0.50 of a second, just a tad close.
B HEAT ROUND 2.
Gordon running away with this one to qualify for A Mains, followed by Julia and Piet again. Gordon putting in a 16 lapper to keep the A boys on their toes.
A HEAT ROUND 1.
Quintin Robertson has owned this class this year, running a good reliable car and showing great pace. Keeping Quinny on his toes though, the man that races now and again, Francois Erasmus, showed good fight coming in 2nd only 3 seconds behind. Third, to Peter Orchin, driving the Smurf Mobile for the last time before handing it down to James for next year. You guys have been warned!!
A HEAT ROUND 2.
Francois, just not been able to cut the 3 second gap, played 2nd fiddle to Quintin again, but this time, Peter was all over him, Francois beating Peter by one second. Don’t ever tell me openstock is not a good class to race or watch.
1st B FINAL.
Only 4 cars, but some good racing nontheless. Mr. Fleet Owner, Brett Pechey, took the win from Piet Du Plessis, and Ian Steward.
2nd B FINAL.
This race was a lot closer, with Brett taking the win again, but this time, all 4 guys running 15 lappers. 2nd went to another first timer, Andre Du Plessis, from brother, Piet and Ian 4th. Gaps at the end, 1st to 2nd, 12 seconds, 2nd to 3rd, 1 second, 3rd to 4th, 4.5 seconds, not too shabby.
1st A FINAL.
A good grid of 8 cars. Quintin up and trucking, took the first race with a 16 lapper, 6 seconds ahead of Francois with Peter Orchin finishing 3rd, with an ailing motor car.
2nd A FINAL.
This race was a lot closer with the same three people, this time swapping paint. Same order as the first final, but this time, all 3 running 16 lappers and the gap only 8 seconds 1st to 3rd.
Brett Pechey was trying to rap the championship up in this class, but nobody told his mate about it, Ian Steward, “flew” past Brett to take the first heat with a 15 lapper, whilst Mr. Pechey senior watched from a seriously close third. Father and son split by 2 seconds.
Brett wasn’t about to take another beating, and came away with the win, followed by Ian and a hard charging James Orchin. James spent most of his race day handicapping himself by crashing the car repeatedly in the first two laps, once he gets over that little glitch, lookout people.
Brett gone, boy did he want the championship. Brett, finishing 12 seconds ahead of Ian, with another good drive from the back by James, to take home third.
Brett in cruise mode, had a good car all year, taking the win and the championship, James getting over his inner demons, finished a strong 2nd, with Ian in 3rd this time.
The new crowd on the block for the year, and the racing has been as close as ever.
Shane Kok has had this class fairly to himself this year, but with his lack of track time, living in Port Shepstone, and the rest of the guys running regularly at club events, the gap has shrunk dramatically. Although Shane won the heat, a few people actually lead from time to time. First 3 cars doing 17 laps with the next 3 cars, only 5seconds off 17 laps, this racing is not for the faint hearted. Hennie Warricker finished 2nd with the quickest lap time and Brad V/D Berg, 3rd. Gap 1st to 3rd, 4 seconds.
After swapping paint, the race this time went to Hennie with Shane in 2nd and Brad, again, in 3rd.
Hennie showed that Cmcc has been his stomping ground for awhile now by taking the first final, albeit, again, with some wing mirror stuff. Brad, coming home 2nd this time with Shane 3rd.
Shane, not to be outdone this time, went for broke, amazing what happens when there’s a referee, Hennie, chased all the way, losing out by 1.5 seconds, with Brad in 3rd.
Francois Erasmus brought his F1 to Cmcc to win, and win he did, Gordon Neil, in the authentic Wolf was 2nd and MR. Cmcc, Dieter 3rd. Guys were a bit spread out in this class, but if Sarda Electric has anything to do with this class, may see a revival of F1 next year.
Francois again, but Dieter, keeping him honest this time with Gordon in 3rd.
Francois blitzed the other guys to take an easy win, followed by the man that was going to give his F1 away to the needy, no Gordon, you have enough, Ian Steward and Dieter in 3rd.
Francois, Gordon, coming back into the game in 2nd and Dieter 3rd.
Overall results for the day gave the win to Francois, 2nd to Gordon and 3rd to Dieter.
No guesses as to the winner here, Mike Wisey absolutely smashed the field, 18 laps and a fastest lap of 16.82. A couple of miles behind, was the bullet, Dave Wisey, with Peter Orchin 3rd.
Mike going slower this race, 18 laps and a lap of 17.13, Peter O 2nd and Dave 3rd this time around.
Mike doing what Mike does best, going fast. 18 laps, 16.89 fastest lap, Dave still having a go, 2nd and Peter O, 3rd.
Mike reckoned on his first run being faster then anyone else’s, didn’t run the 2nd final, putting pressure on the senior member in the family to put up or shut up. Dave pulled away from the field, doing a 17 lapper, this time followed by Oliver Wills and Peter Plint.
Overall went to Mike followed by Dave and Peter Orchin in 3rd.
This was going to be a ding dong class as the Italian Stallion showed up with his mighty quick short wheel based mini to scare his fellow competitors.
Quintin Robertson has been the boy to catch this year and when he pitched up with a replica Datsun SSS, the game was on. Quinny taking the first Heat by 7 seconds, Roberto Falconer getting to grips with the mini again, just pipped the lady, Julia Schauerte, for 2nd. Gap 2nd to 3rd, 0.62 of a second. The Italian, sweating.
Roberto not like losing. With all guns blazing Roberto stormed off, Mini against Datsun, brought back a few memories from the past days of main circuit racing. These two had a full go at each other with Roberto winning by a margin of 0.21 of a second, that’s like one coat of paint. Julia, in her own stunningly turned out Audi finishing 3rd again.
Finals were going to be close.
Quintin miffed, another one that doesn’t take a beating well. Away from the line and I could have covered the two of them with my hanky, Quinny getting the win this time from Roberto with Julia waiting in the wings for a mistake.
Roberto showing why his nickname is “The Hitman” beat Quinny this time by 7 seconds, Quinny rolling the Datsun a couple of times, not helping. Mike Crooke, coming through to pick up 3rd place.
Looking at a couple of stats between Quintin and Roberto, showed Quintin winning the first final, Roberto had the fastest lap, 2nd Final, Roberto winning with Quintin having the fastest lap. What really counted though was average lap time, with Roberto slightly better off.
Overall went to Roberto, 2nd to Quintin and 3rd to Mike Crooke.
Mr.Pan, Shane Kok took off as is his usual style, but local boy Christo Meintjies chased hard and kept Shane honest, with Brett Pechey slowly but surely getting to grips with his car in 3rd.
Shane again, but this time Quintin, fresh from M Chassis taking 2nd with Christo relegated to 3rd.
Shane putting in a 17 lapper blew the guys away in this final, 2nd went to Christo and 3rd to Brett.
Shane going faster, took the win, 2nd to Quintin and 3rd to Christo
There is more and more pans coming to join in the racing, good to see the class revival, long may it continue.
Shane, living up to his nickname, taking the first heat, a lap ahead of the field. 2nd, to Derek Noddings and 3rd, to Dave Wisey.
A turn up for the books as Shane had a bit of car trouble, letting Derek through for the win, with yours truly finishing 3rd. The type of day I was having, I would take whatever I could get.
Shane, showing the guys the way with a 16 lapper, 2nd to Derek and 3rd to Dave.
Shane going even faster, posted a 17 lapper, this time, Dave, getting the better of Peter and Derek.
Overall, for the day went Shane’s way, with Derek in 2nd and Dave in 3rd.
The big boys on the block.
Mike out in his 13.5 to get some practice in. Mike, carried on where he left off in Superstock, by punching in another 18 lapper, fastest lap, 16.69. I reckon when Deon is back, these two will get under 16 seconds around Cmcc. Hennie, coming to play in the big time, coming home 2nd, with Dave 3rd.
Mike, slow this time, 18 laps and a 17.07. Dave 2nd, and Roberto 3rd.
Mike and Dave testing goop, failed to get to the finish, so, Roberto took the win from Hennie and Peter Plint.
Mike, bringing his mod out, 18 laps, fastest lap, 16.46, average lap, 16.68. That is one hell of a stat. Hennie, showing he can go fast as well, by also putting in an 18 lapper with Roberto, 3rd.
After a good years’ racing, it was a bit of a pity to see numbers down for the last round. I would like to ask everyone to find a mate to get interested in this sport. Lend him a car, once he’s driven it, the bug will bite, and we can get numbers back up.
On the Sarda side, it looks as though 17.5 may go blinky next year along with 13.5. They got to vote on that. Formula 1 in, 1/12th to go 10.5 boosted or modified. There is all sorts of permutations for 21.5, 17.5 and 13.5, too many to list here. Speak to the guys that got the proposed new rules and then wait for the rules to become law, before you guys do anything. Natal rules will be close to Sarda, but not necessarily the same. The Nrda committee will always endevour to keep racing as affordable as possible.
Lastly to all the Champions, congratulations, may you only reign until the next Natals. Also, Please remember, the target is on your backs now, enjoy!
Regards, have a safe festive season, and prepare yourselves for pre season testing in early January.