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.

2014 Track Work Party

A massive thank you those members and even more to the CMCC contingent that helped out at the work party. A facility like ours takes a lot of work to keep it in the sort of condition we’re used to enjoying, and whilst there could have been more hands on the deck, those that were there made light work of it so we can be once again proud to host a leg of both the Gas and Electric national championships.

DMCC January Club Race Report

First DMCC Race Meeting for 2014

Hi All

Another year arrives and boy, what a way to get off the ground, cars for Africa, a lot new and a lot dragged out the cupboards. And my biggest bugbear, track prep. I arrive at 6;45 and Lance has already got the sweeper going and there’s people queueing to push the b*##*, thanks guys. And then, bingo, the bloody sugar machine decided to pack up. Kudo’s to the guys for coming forward and cleaning the track ,almost manually, with the brooms, it’s not a nice job, but the boys were keen to race. And race they did, some good drives from a lot of people on Sunday, to name a few, young Gareth Hayward, first race meeting in an openstock, qualified 11th overall, Roberto Falconer for having the fastest mini in Durban at present, I wonder how that knowledge is going to go down, up at the tree? Newcomer, Diederik Kruger, with his fleet, and how can we forget the one and only Swazi Taxi Driver, Neil Robinson, who managed to get a weekend away from the kingdom, to come and grace us with his royal prescence! Anyway to racing;

Openstock

A total of 18 cars arrived to race, and seeing as it is the new year, no one was favoured in the draw.The cars were split into two groups and away went the first race of the year.

Heat 1

Roberto kicked the year off by winning the first race, closely followed by Shane Kok and Quintin Robertson, both Roberto and Shane posting 17 lappers and running in the 17 second bracket. Shane had the fastest lap though, so that fight wasn’t over.

Heat 2

Henk Fourie wins followed by Duane Franklin and the oldest rc man on the planet, Derek Noddings. Newcomer Diederik coming in 4th. One girl racing on Sunday, Julia Schauerte, having a first drive in an openstock managing a decent 5th place. Henk showed that bus riding over the holiday period paid off with some good laps, just on the 18 second margin, he’d have to find some more pace to run with the first heat guys though.

The second round of heats went pretty much the same as the first, although Henk and Duane did 17 lappers as well, which was going to make for an interesting final.

B Final

A great drive by Gareth to take the B main with a 16 lapper, a whole lap ahead of Julia and making a comeback to racing Ian Bear. Gareths win would have placed him 6th overall for the day, great drive.

A Final

Roberto kindly lent me his car for the final to see if I could still drive an openstock, well maybe I can’t as Shane and I came together early and I ended up at the back. Openstock racing is so close that it took forever to catch everybody up and I just ran out of time. Shane took the honours with Henk in 2nd and Duane in 3rd. First four cars home, all in the 17 lap window with three and a half seconds covering 1st to 4th. Great race.

Superstock

Had the guys improved from the Nats, Welcome back to Deon Gove, who was going to be the bench mark for the whole day.

Race 1

Deon blew us away with Roberto hanging on grimly for a few laps and myself bringing home 3rd.

Heat 2

Deon again, followed this time by Derek Noddings and myself again in 3rd. Roberto having car trouble not featuring.

Final

Deon taking the honours for the day followed by Roberto and varsity boy Joseph Schauerte coming home 3rd. Deon was the only one to complete 13 laps, so the rest of us now have a target to aim at.

1/10th Pan

Great to see these cars back on the track, only 4 at present,but one coming from Maritzburg and ,I’m sure a few more locally. There’s a certain tree member that needs to be brought back into the fold as well, c’mon  Mr. Mirtle where you hiding?

Race 1

Shane Kok takes the first race followed by Sean Baxter in his first drive in a pan and then the other new boy, Diederik, third, but the car giving a problem at the end with shock damage.

Race 2

Sean takes the win with Tristen 2nd and Shane also having troubles 3rd.

Final

Shane is back and shows the boys he’s the man to beat in pans this year followed by an improving Tristen and Diederik with a sorted car 3rd.

TT01 Stock

And this is where the new guys and the out of towners hang out.

Race 1

Nathan Constant, Ryan Van Munster and The Swazi Taxi Driver fought this out with only 9 seconds seperating them at the end, could the new youngsters hold off His Majesty?

Race 2

Nope, all those hours spent driving  between Swaziland and Durbs paid off as Neil (sorry, His Majesty) took the win from Nathan and Ryan. The difference in average lap times for these guys was a mere .9 of a second, close. Could they haul Neil in?

Final

Again, I have to say no, Neil simply showed why he drives an ER24 BMW by putting on his red light and disappearing into the wild blue yonder. Ryan managed to beat Nathan this time by putting in his fastest 5 minutes of the weekend. Well done to all the new guys, i hope you enjoyed it.

M Chassis

Roberto on home track showed the guys the way around and claimed fastest Mini rights for the new season.

Race 1

Roberto running the only 16 lapper with Mr. Mini, Shane Kok 2nd and Hennie Warricker 3rd.

Race 2

Roberto again, Shane catching up with a 16 lapper and Sean Baxter 3rd.

Final

The Roberto show as he clean sweeps the day, followed by Shane and Sean.

1/12th Pan

5 of these lovely small cars with quite a few still to come this year, so there should be some good competition.

Race 1

Shane Kok on a 12 lapper takes the first race from Derek Noddings and Peter Plint.

Race 2

Shane doesn’t start, so Derek wins followed by Peter and having his first drive in a 1/12th, Sean Baxter.

Final

Shane is back, again the only one to run a 12 lapper followed by Derek and Peter.

TT01 Mod

A very small class, so the final results were Quintin Robertson putting one over his younger boetie, Justin. That must have been a quiet ride home!

GT Modified

Another smallish field of 4 cars, but we brought the ballie out of mothballs and told him to attack that man Gove. Alas, after having to borrow one of Deon’s battery’s, the ballie went and got himself buried in Deon’s dust. I did hear murmours afterwards about a sub standard battery pack, but nothing of substance. Maybe sniffing the mothballs too long, I’m not sure. Anyway, Deon taking it from Dave, both doing 13 laps and Duane running his superstock in 3rd.

The big guns of the sport, 1/8th, and a good field of 7

Race 1

Andrew Plint having his last outing before going back to varsity to hit golf balls, wins the opener followed by the ballie not having a great day with  the youngsters 2nd and Warren May in one of his fleet cars third.

Race 2

One huge crash in the infield took out Warren and Joseph Schauerte and left the door open for yours truly to open my account for the season and add to the ballie’s woes. Warren managed to get going finishing 3rd.

Final

Warren firing up his main car, again put punishment onto Dave with Joseph in his first run in 1/8th finishing a great 3rd.

200mm Gas

A good field of 10 cars was going to make for some good racing.

Race 1

Finally, the ballie, in a 19 footsack 705 serpent shows the kids around, taking the win with a 10 lapper, 2nd to Duane Franklin and third to the other dinosaur, Derek Noddings.

Race 2

Like a second heat this race, young Byron Oliver wins followed by Peter Plint and Riaz Khan. Top two running 10 lappers.

Final

10 minute final, and here came the problems, numerous flame outs, mechanics not calling in time and a host of other problems turned this race into a bit of a lottery. Riaz starting to show he can still drive winning from Duane who, luckily, had a few laps in the bag, coming 2nd and Hennie Warricker in his first full season and a flame out bringing home 3rd.

All in all a great day’s racing, not too much moaning, and a good number of new faces, shows thar RC racing is still alive and kicking in Natal. The next race meeting will be the pre Natals at Camperdown in two weeks time followed by the Natals in 3 weeks time. Old rivalries will once again be renewed and I’m sure” much chirping will be done before that weekend. This year Dmcc has assembled a formidable team to try and reclaim the trophey from those slippery customers at Banana County, and also to finally put to sleep all the branch managers at the home of the tree dwellers. There might be a bit of a fight from the Rooibos Fraternity at Richards Bay, but a couple of spiked cuppa’s should sort that lot out.

So to the Dmcc guys, see you next month and to all the others, start booking doctors appointments to get yourselves some sleeping tablets, the DMCC bus is rolling and we aint stopping!

Regards,

BigIv.

Chief Stirrer.

DMCC January Club Race Files