NRDA Round 4 Race Report

      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.

SUNDAY.

Let the games begin.

OPENSTOCK.

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.

TTO1 MOD

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2.

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.

1st FINAL.

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.

2nd FINAL.

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.

17.5 TOURING.

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2.

After swapping paint, the race this time went to Hennie with Shane in 2nd and Brad, again, in 3rd.

1st FINAL.

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.

2nd FINAL.

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.

FORMULA 1.

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2

Francois again, but Dieter, keeping him honest this time with Gordon in 3rd.

1st FINAL

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.

2nd FINAL.

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.

SUPERSTOCK

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2.

Mike going slower this race, 18 laps and a lap of 17.13, Peter O 2nd and Dave 3rd this time around.

1st FINAL.

Mike doing what Mike does best, going fast. 18 laps, 16.89 fastest lap, Dave still having a go, 2nd and Peter O, 3rd.

2nd FINAL.

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.

M CHASSIS.

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.

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2.

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.

1st FINAL.

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.

2nd FINAL.

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.

1/10 PAN.

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2

Shane again, but this time Quintin, fresh from M Chassis taking 2nd with Christo relegated to 3rd.

1st FINAL.

Shane putting in a 17 lapper blew the guys away in this final, 2nd went to Christo and 3rd to Brett.

2nd FINAL.

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.

1/12th PAN.

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2.

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.

1st FINAL.

Shane, showing the guys the way with a 16 lapper, 2nd to Derek and 3rd to Dave.

2nd FINAL.

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.

GT MODIFIED.

The big boys on the block.

HEAT 1.

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.

HEAT 2.

Mike, slow this time, 18 laps and a 17.07. Dave 2nd, and Roberto 3rd.

1st FINAL.

Mike and Dave testing goop, failed to get to the finish, so, Roberto took the win from Hennie and Peter Plint.

2nd FINAL.

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.

CONCLUSION.

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.

BigIv.

 

NRDA Round 3 Race Report

ROUND 3 NATAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

Round three was meant to be in Margate this year, but due to the lack of numbers from that part of the world, Camperdown was the place to be. Cmcc has just had a major makeover and with new bits of track added, there was sure to be some good lap times around. There were lower numbers then usual, but the quality of drivers was very impressive. Some upsets were also seen earlier in the heats, with a lot of us trying to snoop to see where all the extra pace had come from. Some serious burning of the midnight oil I suspect, and a bit of spare cash.

Let’s go racing.

OPENSTOCK.

12 of these cars, the idea was not to be at the back.

HEAT 1.

And along came the ringers. Oliver Wills pulled into Camperdown with an all new lifestyle, gone was the BMW, gone were all the old (?) cars, new Hyundai hatch with three Hudy bags and then, a whole fleet of new X Ray cars running Orca systems, man, I’ve never seen so many jaws drop open.

Oliver was here to play and took the first heat of openstock with a 15 lapper followed by Mike Crooke and ever improving Brett Pechey, third. All six running in this race completed 15 laps, so Oliver wasn’t going to have it all his own way.

HEAT 2.

All six, again, running 15 lappers, with Oliver taking the win, from Brett and Mike. Oliver, going one second quicker in this race over the five minutes. How would they fair against all the big boys?

OPENSTOCK A.

The man that casts no shadow, Hennie Warricker, never stops working on his cars, and many others, out the gate fast, posting a 16 lapper followed by Francois Erasmus and Christo Meintjies.. Names missing in this heat, Peter Orchin and Quintin Robertson. Peter finished fourth and Quintin fifth, but down on the pace.

HEAT 2.

Hennie again, but this time the boys were wise to him, Quintin finishing 0.25 of a second behind, that’s like a bodyclip, and Peter a bit further down the track, third. Mains were going to be tight.

FINALS.

Someone needed the result sheet from the first final more then I did, so here’s the second one.

A tightly contested affair, with Quintin and Hennie covered by the narrowest margin. The race went down to the wire with Quintin winning and punching in a 17 lapper, Francois finished a lap down in third. I may be mistaken, but I think Peter Orchin was faster then Francois in the first final, and so took 3rd overall for the day.

To show that the tight Camperdown track is not a horsepower track, Quintin’s 17 lapper, would have had him qualify 5th in GT Mod, that’s some going.

This class still gives one of the best races of the day and long may it continue, maybe without the ringers involved.

TTO1 MOD.

The bash and crash brigade, was I ever wrong, these guys raced clean most of the day, with very few incidents.

HEAT 1.

Brett Peachy owns this class at present, the only one to punch in a 16 lapper. Ian Steward finished in 2nd, with young James Orchin 3rd. Unfortunately for James this was going to be as fast as he went all day, as the gremlins got into the motor and poor James, although driving the car as fast as it would go, went backwards.

HEAT 2.

Brett again, and then surprise of surprises, Pa, Clive Pechey, finishing 2nd, and Dieter Schauerte a fighting third. Why surprises, Oom Clive wasn’t going to race because he didn’t think he was good enough. I’m sure we’ll see him at every Natals from now on.

FINALS.

Brett gone, took the trophy, and was sitting back in the pit area waiting for second place to finish, not quite, but lapping the whole field in the process. Dieter, a good second with a struggling, James, 3rd.

FINAL 2.

Brett, not letting up, punched a 16 lapper in to show who was the boss, with Ian Steward having a good drive to second and, the Oom, Clive hanging in to take 3rd.

Overall then, Brett from Ian and Clive, must have been a good party in Hillcrest Sunday night!

17.5 TOURING.

The new crowd of crash and burn kids. These cars are so evenly matched, that to keep them apart, is nigh on impossible, and with the tight track, keeping out of trouble was going to be prime.

HEAT 1.

Shane Kok, Hennie Warricker and myself, have fought long and hard this year, and thought that’s where the fight was going to be. Wrong, along came Oliver in one of his new fleet and smoked the guys something stupid. Another newcomer to the 17.5 brigade, Brad VD Berg, although not new to electric racing, was also in the mix, finishing a good 3rd behind Shane.

HEAT 2.

Shane having to play second fiddle again, as Brad was quickest this time with Hennie crossing in 3rd.

These cars are almost the fastest cars around Camperdown with lap times in the mid 17’s. Fastest was Oliver with a 17.5, myself in 5th, with a 17.8, that’s like F1 qualifying.

FINALS.

Final one was taken by Brad from Shane and myself. Brad and Shane went at it hammer and tongs, and at the end were covered by less then a second, a great race, could Shane turn the tables?

Final two was just as close, but this time there wee three, Hennie joined the party. The racing was fast and at times furious, and again, the top guys were split by mere body paint. Shane won from Hennie by a huge 0.09 of a second, Brad coming home 3rd. The top five cars were split by ten seconds and the fastest lap was from Oliver in 4th place with a scary 17.28., only Deon Gove and Roberto Falconer went faster in mod.

Great racing and let’s hope the class keeps growing.

 

FORMULA 1.

Deon Gove is streets ahead of the guys in this class with a beautifully prepared F1. The car doesn’t miss a beat as was shown by Deon being two laps ahead of the field in the first heat. Francois Erasmus, is coming to grips with his new X Ray as well and took a good second with, ”Chief amongst Chief Scrutineers”, Graeme Ross, third, after quite a long absence from racing.

Much of a much ness in the second heat, but this time, Francois keeping Deon honest, also posting a 15 lapper with Mr. F1, Gordon Neil, in another one of his fleet, third.

FINALS.

Deon going faster, seemed to be the way he spent his day on Sunday, posting a 16 lapper with Francois a lap down in 2nd and Gordon in third.

Final 2, Something wrong with Deon, going 3 seconds slower in this race, still in the 16’s though, Francois 2nd again, and Gordon 3rd. Graeme Ross, having a very poor day by his standards, has vowed to be back, so watch this space.

SUPERSTOCK.

Nine cars entered, the fast boys in town. I’m sure Deon Gove must hold the lap record around Camperdown now, he blitzed around the track in an incredible 16.85 seconds to totally dominate the superstock class. A full one second slower was Brad VD Berg in 2nd and Oliver, in another new car, third.

Deon, not letting up, went faster still to put in a 16.5 lap. Second went to Peter Plint with Oliver third.

FINALS.

Deon in cruise mode, took the win from a hard charging Peter Orchin with Oliver again, 3rd. Peter Orchin had one of those days we all would rather forget, as one car after another broke on him, but he put the hardship behind him with a great drive from the back of the field to clinch second.

Second final went Deon’s way again, putting in another 16.6 second lap along the way, 2nd to Oliver, capping off a good day with his fleet and 3rd to Derek Noddings. Peter Orchin, 4 laps, car broken, GRRRRR.

Overall, Deon from Oliver and Peter O 3rd.

M CHASSIS.

A welcome return to racing was Garth Scott from Banana County, luckily he had bumped into Shane and had been told about Natals.

HEAT 1.

Garth showing the guys he’s lost nothing won from Quintin Robertson in his impressive Datsun GX, with the only lady in the field, Julia Schauerte, third.

HEAT 2.

Quintin doesn’t like getting beaten, so posted a 16 lapper to put everyone in their place. Second went to the “Pensioner”, Dave Greer, with Garth in third this time around. Mutterings were heard from the old geezer about summertime and being able to get his cranky old body outdoors and loosen up the old joints. Maybe next time he can take the walker along, and bring the other old buzzard.

FINALS.

Quintin, up and gone, wasn’t in the mood to rub paint, posted a 16 lapper again with Garth getting up to second and Dave third.

Garth, not about to lie down, pulled out all the stops and put in his fastest run of the day, posting a 16 lapper, with Quintin in second and Julia third. Dave must have heard the dinner bell at the home, so didn’t finish the second final, but took off, sighting a whole lot of excuses.

1/10TH PAN.

Shane Kok country, if you want to win this class, he is the man to beat.

HEAT 1.

Shane, a lap ahead of the field, took the win followed by an ever improving Christo Meintjies, with Garth Scott third.

HEAT 2.

Shane again, this time with Garth second and Christo third.

FINALS.

A good 8 car entry, saw Shane take the win from Garth and Brett Pechey, trying his hand at two wheel drive. Garth closing the gap on Shane, was only 1.7 seconds behind at the finish. Could Garth put one over Shane?

Shane is another that doesn’t like to get beaten, so he pulled the pin and punched in a 17 lapper, followed a lap down by Garth and Brett.

1/12TH PAN.

A small field, but lovely cars to drive when they’re working.

HEAT 1.

Another Shane Kok owned class. Shane took the heat from first timer, Roberto Falconer, with Derek Noddings third, all three doing 15 lappers.

HEAT 2.

A turn up for the books, Peter Plint finally, got his car to run properly and put in a 16 lapper with Roberto 2nd and Derek, again, 3rd. Shane out with mechanical gremlins.

FINALS.

Surprise, surprise, Shane loses for the first time in awhile, Peter kept his pace from the heats to take the win followed by Derek and then Shane. Was Shane beatable?

The answer, no, Shane came back with a great run in the last final to post the quickest time, with Derek, again the bridesmaid, 2nd and myself 3rd, after a hectic day with tires.

Overall, the win went to Shane with Peter 2nd and Derek third.

GT MODS.

Mr. Gove doing what he does best, going fast.

HEAT 1.

Deon not waiting around pulverized the field putting in 18 laps and posting a 16.3 second lap, second went to Roberto and third to myself.

HEAT 2.

Deon going a bit slower, 16.6, Roberto and myself, fighting over the scraps.

FINALS.

Deon running consistently quickly, put in another 18 lapper, this time Roberto joining him and Quintin, who was only making up numbers, third. A good drive from Quintin as he has only driven the car once around Cmcc.

Final 2, and Deon proving a point, put in a 19 lapper. That’s going to give a lot of people sleepless nights, Second to Roberto and third to yours truly.

Final results were Deon, Roberto and myself.

And that’s that, a great days racing, driver of the day, in my book anyway, must be Deon. All the hours he’s spent this year racing is paying off in leaps and bounds now, may he still go faster.

Now to some not so good stuff. Guys we had marshals there so you didn’t have to spend the day in the sun. A lot of you run four classes, so in ten heats you would only sit down twice. The whole idea in this sport we do is not to crash, shit happens unfortunately, and we do need a marshal. Please be reminded, these guys are getting paid more and more, not yesterday’s, but like the Dmcc marshals, and if you’re going to carry on moaning about them, then we go back to the good old days and you race one and marshal one. All the clubs would save money, and everyone could go home looking like a tomato, it is up to you, don’t crash, you won’t have to moan.

Finally, on an even more somber note, I would just like to send thoughts and prayers to all the people in our racing fraternity that are going through rough times at the moment. To those members I say, do not forget you have a lot of friends around you, we all wish we could help and in some way I hope we can, keep your chins up.

 

Until the next time,

Keep it on the black stuff,

Regards,

BigIv.

BigIv’s Race Report – DMCC Gas Nationals

Durban Nationals 2014

The circus came to town on a lovely Thursday morning with the DMCC track looking at it’s best after the hard work put in by the locals, in between the time spent putting a black line on  the track from the weeks of practice beforehand. The guys got down to some practice and there were a few comments about Durban having grip, an unheard of saying in past years.something had to give and sure enough, along came Friday morning and the fickle weather. It hasn’t rained in Durban for ages, but put a National on and there comes the rain.The problem was that although it didn’t rain that hard, there was no wind or heat to dry the track, and after sitting around until lunchtime, Dave volunteered to give the youth a lesson in drifting. The challenge was taken up and eventually the guys got in some practice, but any grip the track did have was gone and the locals were smiling after spending most of their lives on a track with limited grip. The poor guys that arrived on Friday were going to have to hope for a miracle come Saturday.

Saturday morning, and just after drivers briefing, the last of the rain dropped, racing was going to be a complete lottery and was going to show the men from the boys.

235.

This is when you don’t want to be a 235 driver, the drivers drove around, or tried to, for 5 minutes which must have felt like their Sunday main, with no grip.

Heat 1.

The locals showed their pace here with Joseph Schauerte taking the win with 10 laps followed by Peter Plint and his son, Andrew, third.

Heat 2.

Joseph didn’t start, so the field was opened up and this time Peter Plint took the win followed by Cathy Lester and Mike Meyers, with Andrew coming in 4th. The gap between 1st and 4th, 8 seconds, a rather tense round 2!

Heat 3.

Cathy got mugged by the locals in this round as Joseph was back followed by Peter and Andrew keeping “Pop” honest. Traction was on the up as nearly all drivers improved their times.

Heat 4.

Joseph again, this time chased by Mike and Cathy. Top three all putting in their best laps.

Tq to Joseph, followed by Mike, Peter, Cathy and Tony George. Andrew decided to sit out the 235 race to concentrate on his 200.

200 B.

This is where the ringer locals hang out and poor Warrick Atmore cut a lonely figure stuck in amongst 7 dmcc members. His mood didn’t improve any after his personal transponder didn’t work during the first race.

Heat 1.

Grip not too bad for the four wheel drive cars and the guys set about doing laps, Andrew Plint took the heat followed by Joseph Schauerte and myself getting a third, compliments of Warrick’s Transponder failure. Top four doing 11 lappers.

Heat 2.

Warrick up and running with a good drive from the back of the grid to pummel the locals, Joseph 2nd, and myself 3rd. Top four,again running 11 laps.

Heat 3.

The bun fight continued with Joseph winning, followed by Warrick, Riaz Khan 3rd and the oldest man in rc racing, Derek Noddings finishing 4th. Again top four running 11 laps.

Heat 4.

Warrick punches a 12 lapper followed by Joseph and Derek.

How many locals could make the A main for Sunday? A question on a lot of the guys lips.

200 A.

Only two locals in this race, could they keep the flag flying?

Heat 1

The Liebenberg brothers got into a race of their own and simply blew the opposition away, Jaques and Conrad straight out the gate, doing 12 laps with Pat Lester only managing 10. The B guys smiling.

Heat 2.

Same again with Conrad at least keeping Jaques honest, Pat again 3rd, but Harold Van Eeden and Marius Stols putting in 11 lappers, starting to get tight at the top!

Heat 3.

Jaques and Conrad still doing 12 laps, Marius 3rd, but running slower then the previous round.

Heat 4.

And all to play for, stunningly Dave Wisey who has been peddling rc cars around longer then the Liebs boys have been around, wasn’t in the mix, could he come right in the final heat? Jaques from Conrad again, but the gap closer, Pat back to 3rd, but still not getting to grips with the track. Dave had the car go wrong and didn’t make the A main, must be a first time in over 10 years.

And so, once the dust had settled, 5 locals made it into the A main, but without our team leader, the task was going to be a big one.

1/8th C.

Good turn out of these beautiful cars, could the racing be as good?

Heat 1.

Wimpie Barnard, part of the Liebenberg circus, took a leaf out of Jaques and Conrad’s book and ran away with the race putting in the first 12 lapper in this class, Tony George was 2nd with a 10 lapper and Lourens Badenhorst, 3rd, also doing 10 laps.

Heat 2.

Wimpie again, but this time he had company, as Gert Botha also punched a 12 lapper with Mike Meyers coming in 3rd only to be disqualified for a fuel infringement, Wayne Breytenbach inheriting 3rd.

Heat 3.

Still Wimpie, but Gert keeping him honest and Mike, with legal fuel getting his 3rd back.

Heat 4.

Wimpie just, Gert almost, 2 seconds splitting them, local lad, Andrew Plint finally getting a run on the board, finishing 3rd.

Some close racing, could these guys jump the B guys?

1/8th B.

Some quick guys in this race, let the boxing begin.

Heat 1.

Ayrton Vermaak was first out of the blocks and straight into the 13 lap bracket, Faizel Salie 2nd and Dave Wisey 3rd, but both a lap down on Ayrton.

Heat 2.

Ayrton again, but Faizel going a lap faster and local, Warren May, 3rd.

Heat 3.

Ayrton still, Dave also running a 13 lapper, Faizel, 3rd.

Heat 4.

Ayrton pulls out all the stops and does a 14 lapper, Dave 2nd and Warren 3rd.

Ayrton drove well within himself at this venue, he’s improved radically from the little kid with only two speeds, flat out or dead stop, and it’s a pity to see him leaving the sport to go and play tennis next year, we wish him well.

1/8th A.

All the talk was on whether Mike Wiseman, who hasn’t raced 1/8ths in 4 years could keep Wayne Joelson honest.

Heat 1.

Wayne out to prove he was still the man to beat by punching in a 14 lapper with Darren Green 2nd and Johan Kirsten 3rd, Mikey had car trouble and finished 6th.

Heat 2.

Wayne again winning, but Mikey coming through the field to claim 2nd followed by Darren in 3rd.Gap between 1st and 2nd, 7 seconds.

Heat 3.

Down to the serious stuff, the old days were back as Mikey chased Wayne all the way, unfortunately though, the two came together down the back straight, spoiling a good race. Wayne again took the win followed by Mikey, only 4 seconds behind this time with ever improving Darren picking up the bronze.

Heat 4.

The 3rd heat got the crowd fired up and it was good to see as the 4th heat started, people bringing chairs out to watch this titanic battle for top honours. Again Wayne and Mikey went at it, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd as Wayne was quick in some places and Mikey was quick in others. The time was up and the two went down to the final hairpin together, now or never Mikey dived for the inside and Wayne was just too slow to cover the gap and Mikey was through and across the line a whopping 0.18 of a second ahead of Wayne. Darren again put in a good run to finish 3rd, being only 7 seconds behind the leaders.

Sunday was going to be a very interesting day in 1/8th and so it turned out to be.

Sunday.

235

Only 5 cars made the grid, but some really good racing for a while.Joseph Schauerte took off only to be seen at the finish line, his car ran faultlessly for the 30 minute final, maybe because of dad, Dieter’s, cautious approach with the mixture screw. Behind Joseph, the other drivers were  trying to stay on the track and out of each others way. Pit stop time and Pat Lester was attempting to get wife, Cathy’s, car on a 6 minute strategy, it all went well until Pat managed to pull the fuel cap right out of the car ending Cathy’s race with only 11 laps done. Local man Peter Plint was 2nd, 4 laps behind Joseph with Mike Meyers 3rd a further 3 laps down.

200 B

Now here was a close race, Marius Stols got away from the bunch after Riaz Khan, who volunteered to drop out of the A main, had car trouble, but behind Marius the battle was on between Kyle Munslow, yes son of the legend, Steve, Peter Plint and local boy Byron Oliver. These guys went at it hammer and tong for 30 minutes with Kyle finishing 2nd, Peter 3rd and Byron, running out of fuel on the penultimate lap, finishing 4th.

200 A.

Could anyone catch the Liebenberg brothers? The answer, no. Jaques cleared off with Conrad riding shotgun and Warrick Atmore taking 3rd. Interestingly, 1st to 7th after 30 minutes was only 6 laps difference, racing is getting tighter in this class again.

Some good racing in 200′s, it’s a pity the numbers are down, maybe the club reps need to spoon feed a few old drivers and rebuild this class.

1/8th C.

Nobody wanted to win this race, anybody who led for a couple of laps broke down and it really was a race of attrition. Andrew Plint managed 3 laps and was out, Tony George 27 laps, the guys steadied for a bit and then wham, Lieb Liebenberg crashed out. Joseph Schauerte in his 3rd final of the day inherited the lead and looked a certain winner until the second last lap where he managed to lose drive to the back of the car. Joseph persevered with the car, but having a steady race, Ryan Dalton picked up all the pieces and finished a lap ahead, delighting his pitcrew no end. Wayne Breytenbach finished a distant 3rd.

1/8th B.

And another good race.Arnie Vermaak taking a leaf out of son’s book first off the line, but being kept honest by Wimpie Barnard. Warren May very slow out of the blocks losing 8 laps at the start.All went well until lap 57 when Arnie had trouble at a tyre change and Wimpie took the lead. Arnie got going again and the race was on to hunt Wimpie down. Arnie was taking a second a lap out of Wimpie and Wimpie’s pitcrew had some worried faces. Wimpie just couldn’t push as he had opted for no tyre change and ran the last couple of laps on the chassis.Warren May had been on and off the track, but managed to get up to 3rd at the end. A good race though for 1st and 2nd.

1/8th A.

What everyone had come to watch, could Mikey end Wayne’s dominance? Off the line and Wayne too hard on the gas into the first corner, drifted wide and Darren got inside him and through to 2nd. Darren was all over Mikey and eventually got past and started to pull away. Mikey found some rhythm and started to close the gap on Darren only to slow on lap 9 with a broken back belt. Darren drove a faultless race to take home top honours with Wayne staying in touch,but almost coming to grief when he and third placed man, Johan Kirsten came together, luckily for both of them, being able to finish.

All in all a good weekend for the 1/8th guys, some of the older guys are going to have to watch their backs with some good youngsters coming through.

That about does it for another year, except to once again thank all the local people that were involved in putting this meeting on, especially the Camperdown electric fraternity for their help painting the track and helping with refereeing etc.

Until next year………!

Cheers,

BigIv.