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Round 1 – Club Champs – 17 Feb 2018

Round 1 of the Club Championships kicked off on Sat, 17 Feb, at a rain-soaked East London Grand Prix circuit. With sponsorship towards Round 1 of the Historic races from Country Range, and Supa-Value Foods, 16 Historic competitors lined up to qualify on a very wet track. Big slick tyres and powerful V8 engines normally proves to be at a disadvantage on wet track surfaces, and the table was set for an interesting day of racing, between the powerful V8’s and the more nimble, lighter, 4-cylinder cars. The first scare of the day went to Matthew Gudmanz, when the accelerator on his Mazda Capella Rotary stuck open in the Complex, which led to a spin in Coxes Corner. With Yellow flags out at the Complex, flying laps were limited, and the reigning Border Historic Champion, Wayne Tiny Botha, in his Escort Mk1 2L, fired the first warning shots, by putting his Escort on pole position. He was closely followed by Christopher Radloff in his Toyota coupe, with Danian Staffen in his newly build Ford Capri V8 in third.

Heat 1 was concluded on a wet surface, with Darron Gudmanz in his Willie Hepburn built Capri Perana , showing his class as a driver, and taking an easy win. Behind him, Danian Staffen was getting more comfortable in his V8 Capri, and really picked up the pace in rounds 5 and 6, to record a Personal Best of 1:36.7 in lap 5. Wayne Tiny Botha followed in 3rd, only 6 seconds behind Staffen.

Heat 2 started in almost dry conditions, and the drivers picked up the pace up to lap 3, when the rain started coming down again. Staffen took the lead in lap 2, to hold on for the win, while the Gudmanz Perana slowed with mechanical issues, but still managed to held on to 2nd place. Once again Botha finished in third.

 Track conditions realy worsened in Heat 3, with the rain coming down harder and harder with each lap. Botha put in a sterling drive, to take the win in his Escort. Behind him Matthew Gudmanz also put in an excellent effort to take second in the Gudmanz Racing Capella, with his dad, Darron, riding shotgun behind him, doing some driver observation and evaluation, while taking 3rd.

 Behind the fornt runners, and figthing for 4th place overall, Quentin Nicholas Lessing in his 1964 Anglia found himself locked in battle with Derek John Boy’s V8 Chevy Canam, and Alec Gudmanz’ Capri V8. It was a spectacular dual to watch with the nimble Anglia having the upper hand through the tighter bends through the Complex. The Canam of Boy was sliding and snaking out of the corners, with the driver working overtime to get the short-wheel base car on the circuit. Alec Gudmanz also did a stirling job to keep his V8 powered Capri on the circuit, to finish in 6th.

Making their debut’s on the day, was Carl Fantham, whose swopped his Mk1 Cortina, for the ex-Brendan Smith Dunlop championship winning Mk2 2L Escort, Danian Staffen in his V8 Capri, and Quintin Bates in his first full season of Historic racing in the Team Smugglers Mini.

Modified Saloons: A very good turn out of entries in this category saw a wonderful race in Heat one led by Gary Marais in the Harp sports car chased for all 8 laps by Frank Coetzer and Thys Geyser.  Conditions were at this stage, “damp” and thus high levels of skill and car control were needed by all drivers. Richard Clarke making his debut in his very quick Hondat 2 litre Type R put up a very good performance chasing the leaders all the way until an incident of sideways “drifting” slowed Riachar vd down to enable him to end heat one in 7th slot.

 Impressive was young Ashton Nell in her Golf 1 2.0 litre 8 Valve who demonstrated her amazing skill by finishing ahead of some much more potent cars.   Her karting skills standing her in good stead.

Craig Borges (also ex karting ) put in an excellent performance in his Opel Cub 2.0 litre by finishing an excellent 8th overall in Heat 1. Shaun Gradwell in the BMW in his first outing in this category also showing excellent car control finishing in 5th place . 

Heat 2 of the modifieds saw a lot more rain falling right from the get-go and this produced a very eventful race with some very spectacular spoins and slides thrilling the spectators. Once again Gary Maris set the pace and managed to fend off both Richard Clarke and Bevan Schwartz.  A very wet and slippery track brings out the best in every driver and pretty much neutralises the power of the cars as traction and skill become the main requirements for good results.Shaun Gradwell and Quentin Lessing performed excellently in the rain ending 4th and 5th in heat 2 demonstrating supreme car control as they chased down the much more powerful cars ahead.

The OPEN TOP series was equally exciting with Troy Marais in his Lotus 7 winning heat 1 closely followed by Gary Marais , just 0,085 seconds behind Troy after 8 laps.   Heat 2 was equally tense with much heavier rain creating conditions which most of us would rather avoid . However Gary Marais and Troy Marais were at it again with Try chasing hard behind Gary until he performed a spectacular spin as he exited the sweep on Lap 5 and then had to push even harder to make up the deficit ending 21 seconds behind Gary, but he pushed extremely hard in the last 3 laps.         

All in all, a good start to the season, with lots explaning and stories to tell at the prize giving function afterwards.

Round 2 of the BMSC championships will be back at the ELGP circuit on April, 7.

2018-02-19T11:14:00+00:00 February 19th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Round 1 – Club Champs – 17 Feb 2018

Karters in Hot Form – Final Round – 14 Oct 2017

On Saturday, 14th October twenty six (26) Karts took to the Formula K circuit for the last round of the championship, in the hope to improve laps times and win heats to seal victory in the championship. The majority of the classes in club championship where still undecided going into this last round. The DD2 and 60cc junior classes also scored points in the EP / Border Regional Championship.

A moderate to fresh north-easterly wind caused increased wind resistance on drivers and karts at certain sections of the circuit, which required drivers to adapt very quickly.

Algoa Karting Club was represented by Bryn High (DD2), Murray Gil (DD2), Kiesha Potgieter (60cc) and Kenzo Barnard (60cc). Our Queenstown based driver, Kyle Heideman (Clubman’s Class C), also made the long trip to East London to compete in the championship.

Even though the wind never abated, the superb racing produced by all classes did not disappoint the sizable crowd of spectators that spend the day with the Karter’s. The DD2 gearbox class had spectators on their feet every heat with the leading drivers changing race positions up to three times in the same lap.

The Race Results for the day:

Cadets 50cc: 1st Redd Scholtz, 2nd Jordan van der Merwe, 3rd Heath Vallance. Scholtz won all three heats, earning him valuable points, Vallance and Van der Merwe never gave up and kept the pressure on waiting for Scholtz to make a mistake.

Junior 60cc: 1st Sebastian Smith, 2nd Kenzo Barnard, 3rd Jordan van der Merwe, 4th Kiesha Potgieter , 5th Red Scholtz, 6th Kaylim Padayachee, 7th Jordan Dorning, 8th Daniel van Zummeren, 9th Heath Vallance.

Smith had a superb day, winning all three heats, he also bids farewell to the 60cc junior class, and we look forward to see him competing in the bigger engine class next season.

Padayachee, had some misfortune on the day and could not finish higher up on the day, but is still looking strong in the championship.

This class is without a doubt very exciting to watch producing close racing and good lap times. These young drivers and their parents put an enormous effort in to produce such good racing, each individual driver can be very proud of their achievements this season.

Clubman’s Class A, B, C

Class A:  This is the spot every driver wants to occupy.

 Class B: 1ST Geoff Stephen, 2nd Jared de Kock, 3rd Ashton Nel

Class C: 1st Kyle Heideman,

Rotax DD2:

1st Shaun Gradwell, 2nd Geoff Stephen, 3rd Richard Clarke, 4th Kevin Vosloo, 5th Brent Strydom, 6th Craig Borges, 7th Murray Gil, 8th David Burberry 9th Jared De Kock, 10th Bryn High.

Gradwell and Stephen provided hair-rising racing action, without incident, and with full commitment and no backing- out when entering corners.

Border Karting will honour their 2017 club champions at a gala event on 8th of December.

Article: Garth Flusk

2018-01-10T20:12:23+00:00 October 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Karters in Hot Form – Final Round – 14 Oct 2017

Border Karters Rev up the Track – 14 Sept 2017

ROUND 5 of the Border Karting Club championships took place on Saturday and some more high-paced action by young and old. Karters and spectators were treated to perfect weather, which made for some great racing! In the Cadette class, it was encouraging to see the return of Dylan Stevens, which certainly made for some exciting racing. Jordan van der Merwe once again stamped his authority on the class, winning the day, followed closely by the everimproving Red Scholtz. Stevens was third, followed by Heath Vallance and Caleb Odendaal.

The 60cc Juniors class was the one to watch, bolstered by Kenzo Barnard’s return from Port Elizabeth. Sebastian Smith won all three heats, in an absolute dominant performance, despite having problems on the day. He was followed closely by Barnard, with van der Merwe third. Fourth was Kaylim Padayachee, followed by Daniel van Zummeran, Jordan Dorning, Vallance and Scholtz.

Clubmans class saw the return of Kyle Heideman, and Geoff Stephen making his debut for 2017. Stephen missed out on qualifying, and had to start at the back of the grid. He managed to fight his way through to first, ahead of Jared de Kock and Ashton Nell, to take the overall win on the day. Final results were de Kock first in Class B, followed by Nell. Stephen won Class C ahead of the ever- improving Heideman, who set a personal best time on the day. Stephens’ performance sees him moving up to Class B for the final round of the year.

DD2 proved to be an action packed class on the day. Special mention must be made of Brent Strydom, who qualified on pole for the first time in his career. Strydom and Shaun Gradwell were plagued with problems, and a magnetic force attracting them towards each other, causing a race two clash. Special mention must also be made of David Burberry, who finished a career best second in heat 2. Overall results for the day saw Stephen taking the win, followed by Craig Borges, Gradwell, Burberry, Kevin Vosloo, Brent Strydom and Jared de Kock. Join Border Karting for our final round of the championships on October 14, which promises to be an action-packed session finale.

GEOFF STEPHEN

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Round 5 – Regional Championship – 2 Sep 2017

Saturday morning 2nd September, greeted Border Motorsport Club with a beautiful Spring sunrise, with the promise of a glorious day to host our 5th Regional Championship Circuit Races.

The smell of racing fuel, hot slicks and a cacophony of sound from the pits wafted down pit lane giving the whole vibe a true racing “High” and thus firing up our competitors, spectators and officials with a shot of adrenalin in anticipation of a great days racing ahead.

Entrants included  some amazing flame- spitting Ford Capri Perana V8s, Derek Boys’ V8 Chevy Can Am and  Super Series V* Camaro, a Mazda RX7 Rotray and a host of 6 and 4 cylinder powered Modified, and Historic racing cars, from as far afield as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and the Border region.

The Bikes were also well represented and we had 28 Superbikes campaigned buy racers from both the male and female camp as well as a range of ages from 16 to 60 giving it horns around the World Famous East London Grand Prix Circuit. !!

Well known Female Power racer, Janine Mitchell was the Chief mechanic and Pit Crew Boss for Travis Naude who was suffering from Flu and taking full advantage of all the TLC and  support from his gorgeous new Pit Crew Boss. !!  Janine normally races too but sat this one out to support Travis.

One the quali was over the racing began in earnest and an amazing battle for honours ensued with Darron Gudmanz and Chris Blom in the  V8 capris as well as Derek Boy’ putting on a spectacular display of precision racing as they swopped lead a few times and chased each other with bumpers connected down the main straight and through Potters. What a wonderful site to behold.

Another Capri, number 51 to be exact, piloted by our ever faithful and hard working chairman Andrew Karshagen” must have had doughnuts for breakfast as he entertained the whole circuits spectators with multiple spins during the races on almost every corner and in heat 2 of the Historics, he somehow allowed his contagious spinning virus, to infect the two leading V8 Capris who both completed a perfect 360 degree spin in beacon in sympathy for Andrews 1600 cc Capris dilemma.

The bikes were absolutely spectacular to watch, reaching speeds of in excess of 250kph through rifle ben before slamming on brakes for Cocobana,  Jason Lamb (getting quite mature now at age 42 (same number as his Kawasaki ZX10R) rode like a true Champ with Travis Warne, Travis naude Mr Redman and the very mature burt still very quick Pierre le Roux in hot persuit.

Cudos goes to our local 16 year old Stirling High School lady, Cassidy Simmons riding a Yamaha R6 sponsored by Roccomammas, for passing most of her male competitors on similar machines and ending up 10th overall, with a podium in her class.

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East London delivers exceptional Extreme action – 20 May 2017

An exceptional, balmy late autumn’s afternoon delivered great Extreme Festival motor racing at the East London Grand Prix Circuit Saturday as a full day’s program played out to an encouragingly large and appreciative Border region crowd. 

The Sasol Global Touring Cars topped the bill as Michael Stephen stormed to an emphatic double victory for Engen Xtreme Audi at the third round of the series. Like Stephen won both races, Bradley Liebenberg delivered a similar performance to give the new Mini team its first GTC2 win.

Stephen started the first race third on the grid behind his pole-sitting teammate Simon Moss and Johan Fourie in the EPS  BMW, but champion Stephen was soon driving off to win from Moss, Fourie and the Volkswagen Motorsport Jettas of Daniel Rowe and Mathew Hodges. Both Sasol BMWs of championship leader Gennaro Bonafede and Robert Wolk pitted and Michael van Rooyen’s RSC BMW stopped after a strong run that saw him up to fifth.

Kosie Weyers surprised to take the early GTC2 lead before Liebenberg’s Mini reeled him in, but the Chevrolet developed clutch issues to allow Trevor Bland’s Volkswagen Golf GTI to move up to second from Weyers, Craig Shorter (Champion Mini), Iain Stevenson (Comsol VW Golf GTI), Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GTI duo, Keagan Masters and Mandla Mdakane, a struggling Charl Smalberger (iCorp Volkswagen Parts Golf GTI) and Dayne Angel’s brand new Autohaus Angel Honda Civic Type R.

The reverse grid second race saw Sasol BMW duo Wolk and Bonafede on the front row and Dayne Angel on GTC2 pole in his Honda. Bonafede made the early running up front from Wolk, but the Audis were soon up to third and fourth with Stephen relentlessly closing down on the BMWs ahead, soon taking care of Wolk and then dealing with Bonafede for the lead. Stephen duly won from Bonafede, Wolk, Fourie, Hodges Rowe and the delayed Moss.

Angel also made good on the reverse grid start to lead the GTC2 first lap until being tagged by Mdkane to leave Smallberger battling with Stevenson and Masters for the lead. Liebenberg was on the move and soon passed the early leaders to win from Masters, Bland, Shorter, Stevenson, Mdakane and Angel.

The Engen Volkswagen Cup delivered its regular high jinks as Jeffrey Kruger (Universal Health) and Devin Robertson (Payen) shared race wins. Robertson was on course to the first race win when his car developed a misfire to plummet down the grid on the final two laps, but he bounced back to pip Kruger to the post in the second race. 

Matt Shorter (Moog) inherited second in the opening race ahead of Shaun La Réserveé, who took Masters honours in the opening race with Glasfit/C-Track duo Juan Gerber and Justin Oates next up and Clinton Bezuidenhout (Nural) sixth. La Réserveé’s car broke its engine as sit started up for race 2 leaving Shorter, Bezuidenhout, a most impressive VW Motorsport Driver Search winner Jonathan Mogotsi and Oates to close off the second race top 6.

Julian van der Watt (RDSA Investchem) continued unbeaten for 2017 in Investchem Formula 1600 and with Stuart White racing in France this weekend, the dices for second entertained as a delighted Brad Benningfield (General Energy) took the spot in race 1 ahead of the tussling Alex Gillespie (ERP Trucking) and 14-year old Cameron O’Connor (Repro Services), with Dean Venter fifth from Andy Schofield (Investchem). Van der Watt made off into the distance in the second race leaving O’Connor to fend off Benningfield, Liam Pienaar, Gillespie (Phoenix Jewellers) and Schofield.

Two races for the visiting Gauteng Comsol Volkswagen Challenge saw packed grids producing wild action thoughout as Devon Piazza-Musso benefited pace man Stiaan Kriel running the first lap with his Spanjaard Polo’s handbrake up to break away and take an easy win from Kriel and Wayne Masters (Performance Masters) after Iain Pepper (Husqvarna Polo) suffered a gearbox issue to retire from third. Nic Clarke held Adrian Wood and Kyle Ramsay (Monroe Vivo) off for the Class B win and Rory Atkinson (Pozidrive) took his regular Class C win from Shane Crous (Ancro Construction) and a delighted Chris Dale.

Kriel made no mistakes to take the second race from Pepper and Piazza Musso, while Wood won Class B from Ramsay and Jacques Smith after Clarke was delayed. A delighted Crous meanwhile turned the tables on Atkinson to take Class C with  Wouter Roos third.

Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari) beat Gianoccoro G&H BMW duo Gianni and Ricky to a noisy Extreme Supercars race 1 win but the Ferrari stopped late in race 2 to allow Gianni to beat Ricky Gianoccoro and Paul Hill (BMW) to the win.

Dean Vos (Kawasaki) beat Shaun Vermaak (Kawasaki) and Gavin Upton (Motion Yamaha) to Bridestone Thunderbike two wheeled victory. Vos also took race 2 from the Kawasakis of Travis Naude and Pierre Le Roux (Buffalo Service). Graeme van Breda (IVID) and Sven Grune shared Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup wins with Jaco Gous (Central Propshaft) and Pieter de Vos (Jongingozi) and van Breda and Gous filling the respective podium places.

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Border EP Regional Karting Championship off to a slippery start -13 May 2017

 The Border EP Regional Karting Championship completed round two of their championship on Saturday, 13 May. The wet weather on the days made the circuit very slippery during the morning sessions, but it gradually dried out as the day progressed. Karting is an all-weather sport and the rain did not dampen the Karter’s racing spirit and we had very good racing without any incidents. The MSA officials and marshals always play’s a very big role in making sure our Karter’s are safe on circuit. 

The Border Karting Executive Committee, also welcome Alec and Ryan Gudmanz based out in Queenstown to the club. Bryn High joined in on the action from the Algoa Karting Club, Kyle Heideman travelled from Queenstown to complete and the rest of the field were made up of East London based, Border Karting drivers. 

East London and Buffalo City is establishing itself as the preferred motoring destination in the country, with the African Bike Week, Super GP series, National Porsche Club event, all arriving on our shores at the same time. With all of this happening Karter’s had a two month break in their racing calendar. Despite the long break Karter’s did not disappointment the sizeable crowd that turned up to watch the spectacular racing. 

The Race Results for the day: 

Cadets 50cc: 1st Jordan van der Merwe, 2nd Redd Scholtz, 3rd Heath Vallance. Heath was a bit disappointed in giving up second place to Redd, but said he will claim it back in the next round.

 Junior 60cc: 1st Sebastian Smith, 2nd Kaylim Padayachee, 3rd Jordan van der Merwe, 4th Redd Scholtz, 5th Daniel van Zummeren, 6th Jordan Dorning. Sebastian made his presence felt and finished 1st in all three heats. Kylim and Jordan are very consistent and are placing Sebastian under pressure for that first place. Redd, Daniel and Jordan Dorning are swapping positions all the time and is quickly getting to the same pace as the leading trio. These young and talented drivers promise to deliver good racing for the rest of the season.

Clubman’s Class A, B, C

Class A:  1ST Jared de Kock.

Class B: 1ST Ashton Nel, she made a welcome return to Karting after a short break. Cherne and Melindre Marais, had school sport duties.

Class C: 1st Neil Stephen, 2nd Kyle Heideman, Kyle said what he enjoyed most on the day was how the kart went sideways due to the wet conditions. Cuan Flusk promises to make a competitive comeback in round three, after race preparations did not go as planned.

Rotax DD2:

1st Geoff Stephen, 2nd Bryn High, 3rd Shaun Gradwell, 4th David Burberry, 5th Craig Borges, 6th Brent Strydon, 7th Jared De Kock, 8th Kevin Vosloo, 9th Blake Kruger, 10th Tristan Wantenaar.

Notably absent from the starting grid was Richard Clarke. All indications are that he will return to Karting shortly.

Geoff Stephen, dominated all three heats and made some spectacular overtaking manoeuvres, he is slowly carving his name in the book of Karting Legends, speaking to his Dad afterwards, Geoff was just coming out of diapers when he sat behind the wheel of his first go-kart, all this time in the seat definitely shows on the track the class of driver he is.

Bryn and Shaun followed within split seconds behind Geoff, and the slightest mistake would have costed him dearly. David got rid of the gremlins from round one and finished a respectable 4th and scoop Driver of the Day award. Craig normally finishes within the top four, the long break could have played a part in his performance on Saturday, but never write him off, he will bounce back. Brent kept a consistent pace and had a good 3rd heat. Jared made his debut in this very competitive class with a very respectable finish. Kevin, Blake and Tristan are enjoying each other’s company and are having some good battles down the order.

Article: Garth Flusk

2018-01-11T17:29:10+00:00 May 15th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Border EP Regional Karting Championship off to a slippery start -13 May 2017

Club/Regional Championship – 11 March 2017

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.

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Sasol GTC Championship Crowns Maiden Champion

The Sasol GTC Championship visited the East London Grand Prix circuit this weekend for the final round of the series. Once again, action was frenetic around the dauntingly fast 3.9 km track nestled next to the Indian Ocean. The day proved a fitting end to the inaugural GTC series with action throughout the field in both ten lap races.

Champion-elect Michael Stephen duly drove his Engen Audi A3 GTC to a troubled fifth and ninth place respectively in the day’s two races, earning the points required to claim the overall title and was rewarded with a well deserved R200 000 cheque as the 2016 Sasol GTC Championship winner. This championship incentive will be remembered as one of the biggest in South African motorsport history.

The weekend didn’t get off to a good start for Stephen, suffering a blown engine in Free Practice one on Friday morning. A loan unit from their sister company Volkswagen was secured for the Audi, and he went out and claimed a dominant pole position, ahead of his team-mate Simon Moss.

The Sasol GTC Racing Team locked out row two with Gennaro Bonafede shading Hennie Groenewald, followed by the two Volkswagen Jetta GTCs of Mathew Hodges and Graeme Nathan.

Under clear but windy conditions, race one provided the first surprise when Simon Moss stormed into the lead, increasing his margin, lap after lap. Stephen appeared to be helping Moss attain third in the overall championship standings by holding back Moss’ rivals. By the end of lap two, Groenewald passed Stephen followed by Hodges a lap later. Stephan was in trouble…

Stephen spun trying to avoid ramming the VW ahead allowing Bonafede and Nathan to race past the spinning Audi. Hodges out-braked Groenewald at the final corner going into the final lap while further up the road, Moss’ engine broke with four corners remaining. Lady Luck favoured Hodges who fended off Groenewald to claim his and Volkswagen’s first Sasol GTC championship victory.

Nathan crossed the line in third place followed by Bonafede and the recovered Stephen.

Race two, minus Moss who was sidelined for the rest of the day, saw Stephen bolt into the lead while the field settled in behind him. Going into Potter’s Pass, Nathan nudged Hodges who spun to the back of the field. Bonafede and Groenewald followed through, with Nathan and the GTC-Production car field in tow.

By lap seven, the only Audi in the race was missing with Bonafede now leading Groenewald and Nathan. Stephen had an electrical issue that saw the engine cut out every time he changed gears and he quickly dropped to the tail of the field. Nathan brought his Jetta home in third place again, followed by Hodges.

The Sasol Turbofuels™ Plus-backed Groenewald and Bonafede earned another one-two on the day’s overall standings, followed by Hodges, Nathan and Stephen.

In the GTC Production Class, Charl Smalberger took the first victory in his VW Golf GTi, ahead of the 2016 class champion Daniel Rowe in his VW Motorsport-entered Golf GTi. They were followed by Devon Piazza Musso (Kalex VW Golf GTi) and Mandla Mdakane in the second factory Golf.

Rowe re-asserted his authority in this class by taking his 11th victory of the season in race two. Smalberger and Piazza Musso completed the GTC-P podium.

Reflecting on the first season of the Sasol GTC Championship, Dean Somerset, Manager: Marketing, Sponsorship and CSI of Sasol Energy said: “We celebrated a year of high tech racing which is synonymous with Sasol’s product offering and encapsulated in our DNA.

The series shows the potential to grow in stature and maintain its status as the premier circuit racing championship. I commend the teams, associate sponsors and GTC management for their efforts in staging the first Sasol GTC Championship season”.

[Issued by Sasol]
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SuperGP teams up with Africa Bike Week™ in East London

GAS Sports have announced that a round of the SuperGP Champions Trophy will form part of Africa Bike Week™ for the next three years.

Over the past three years the SuperGP Champions Trophy has grown and is now firmly established as the premier motorcycle racing series on the South African calendar with many of its stars going on to showcase their talents on the international stage.

After 8 years in Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, Africa Bike Week™ which, among other things, hosts the largest mass ride in Africa is moving to East London from 2017 and will take place from Thursday, 27 April to Sunday, 30 April. The Eastern Cape SuperGP will take place in the middle of this on Friday, 28 April and Saturday, 29 April.

Carl Frayne, Africa Bike Week™ Project Manager, said, “Africa Bike Week™ are thrilled to announce that agreement has been reached to include a round of the SuperGP Champions Trophy in Buffalo City over the same weekend. In line with presenting a high end memorable event all motor cycle riders and enthusiast will now be able to enjoy time at the race track or watch the live stream action on the main event screen while enjoying Africa Bike Week hospitality. We look forward to welcoming SuperGP to East London and believe it will add another facet to an already action packed Africa Bike Week™ 2017.”

Executive Director of GAS Sports, Stephen Watson, said, “We are really excited to be joining Africa Bike Week™ in continuing to build a world class event in Buffalo City. Over the past few years both SuperGP and Africa Bike Week™ have grown in popularity amongst the motorcycling fraternity. Joining forces to bring motorcycling lifestyle and national Motorsport together makes perfect sense and is the beginning of a long term partnership to establish this event as a ‘must attend’ annual biker gathering in a beautiful coastal city. Harley- Davidson’s® commitment to building a lifestyle and brotherhood/familyhood around its great motorcycles is a success story the world over and we are honoured to be part of their anchor event is Africa. We join them in welcoming all motorcycle riders and fans, regardless of the brand you ride, to join us for what promises to be an awesome weekend.”

Further information will be made available on www.supergp.co.za and www.africabikeweek.co.za

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Last drag event for 2016 ended off with a bang

We had about 25 entries ranging from 4 cylinder front wheel drive Golf 1’s to 5 cylinder all-wheel drive Audi, 6 cylinder Nissan’s and BMW’s to the ultimate champion…the Nissan GTR 35 driven by Gordon Nicholson and Viswa Williams.  The GTR’s had a strong battle the whole day, but at the end it was Gordon Nicholson taking it in his Blue Nissan GTR 35.  Gordon’s fastest time on Saturday was 10.803 seconds, but his fastest time for 2016 was a 10.6 second ¼ mile.  Viswa managed to get down to 11.038 second ¼ mile in his Black Nissan GTR 35.  Viswa showed immense improvement, so next year the heat will be on Gordon to defend his times.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the competitors and spectators for all the support during the year.  We have managed to build up a great sport in East London and 2017 will be even better.  Also a massive thanks to Border Motorsport Club for all the support and guidance and for making these events possible.

Rest of the results as follows:

Class –   4 AF

  1. Ryan Bennetta – 13.900 seconds
  2. Brendan de Lange – 14.436 seconds
  3. Amhed Khan – 15.143 seconds
  4. Bruce Bronkhorst – 16.568 seconds

Class – 4 AFS

  1. Stephen Nel – 13.579 seconds
  2. Paul Lowe – 15.303 seconds

Class – 4 ARS

  1. Nadiem Obaray – 15.133 seconds

Class – 4BR

  1. Fortyn Rally – 15.423 seconds

Class – 4 EX

  1. Nicholas Nel – 13.054 seconds
  2. Dane Langhein – 13.661 seconds

Class – 6 WD

  1. Gordon Nicholson – 10.803 seconds
  2. Viswa Williams – 11.038 seconds

Class  – 4 WD

  1. Russel Rensburg – 11.655 seconds

Class – 6AR

  1. Trevor Wiltshire – 13.583 seconds
  2. Bets Radloff – 13.822 seconds
  3. Michael Radloff – 13.995 seconds
  4. Nigel Muller – 15.799 seconds

Class – 6 B

  1. Lance Casojee – 11.596 seconds
  2. Quinton King – 11.829 seconds
  3. Jarren Marillier – 12.586 seconds
  4. Owen Bridger – 13.792 seconds
  5. Terry Gafney – 14.212 seconds

Class – 8AS

  1. Riaaz Jogie – 14.398 seconds

Class – 8 BR

  1. Viswa Williams – 11.541 seconds

 

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