Saturday morning 11 March greeted Border Motorsport Club with a glorious sunrise and great weather for round 2 of the Regional Circuit races at the East London Grand Prix Circuit.
We welcomed our guest competitors who cam from as far afield as Cape Town, George , Johannesburg and Jeffreys Bay. The Port Elizabeth contingent of Bikes and Cars were there in force and as always they were very complimentary about the hospitality on their east London hosts.
The races were fast and furious, with an Easterly wind blowing ever stronger as the day progressed making it very challenging especially for the bikes as they turned in for Potters Pass, one of the fastest corners on any circuit in the Southern Hemisphere.
The bikes category saw a huge contingent of 600 CC machines campaigning for top honours and in fact the racing was so much more competitive and attracted many newcomers to this series. 600 cc bikes are cheaper to buy and to maintain and tend to be very equally matched. Two “Girl racers” Zanté Otto from George and our own Cassidy Simmons put up some stiff competition mixing it with the seasoned guys . It was a great spectacle to observe.
It was also amazing to see the young bikers , (names) who have migrated from the Honda NSF challenge to the new Honda 125 and KTM 390 series taking to the big circuit . What a wonderful job Robbie Brakespear and his sponsors are doing developing these young people to become racers.
The results for the Bike races were as follows:-
The Dunlop Historic Regional challenge saw 38 cars on the grid with a collection of amazing Historic cars ranging from a bevy of 1600 Ford powered Escorts, Anglias, Cortinas Capris and a monsterous Ford Fairline V8, a V* Chev Can-Am, campaigned by Queenstown Pharmacist , Derek Boy, who had a great tussle for 1st place chasing the 2 Ford Capri Peran V8’s of Darron Gudmanz and Ryan Boy.
The flame spitting Mazda Capella Rotary of Matt Gudmanz. looked spectacular as he entered Potter pass with a huge flame of un-burnt fuel flashing out of the huge exhaust of that finely tuned Rotary motor.
A good turnout of Alfas were involved in the dice for honours. Always a great to see and hear these “Italian Stallions” on our circuit.
The results for the Dunlop Historic Challenge were as follows:
The modified saloons races and open tops saw a huge grid full of beautifully prepared machines snarling on the grid as they prepared for their 8 lap sprint races. We had 4 newcomers to the modified class , thanks to Bruce Butler who has prepared some cars for youngsters to learn to race and has regular training sessions for these candidates to show them not only how to race, but also how to plan, budget, prepare and repair their vehicles as well as how to market themselves to sponsors. If anyone is keen to know more about the Driver Academy, please contact Jadia , our circuit manager on 043 736 4024 during office hours or email office @bmsc.co.za
The modified saloons included some fantastic cars like. Open top Lotus 7, BMW 3 series, a “Brat Pack” of Golf 1’s, Opel Monza, Kadett, the thundering class A Chev Corvette V8 piloted by Bevan Swartz, and the Mazda RX8 rotary.
Thanks to all our sponsors, Dunlop Tyres, Border Towing & Recovery, spectators, competitors and officials.