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BMSC Championship – Round 6 – 22 Sep 2018

Results for the Modifieds and Open Tops:

Border Modifieds

Class A
1st Bevan Scwartz

Class B
1st Francwa Coetzee
2nd Gary Marais

Class C
1st Christopher Farley
2nd Jeff Hall
3rd Thys Geyser (PE)
4th Richard Clarke
5th Kean Barnard (PE)
6th Grant Godfrey

Class D
1st Craig Borges
2nd Bevan Choudree
3rd Jared De Kock
4th Cameron Hall
5th Melindre Marais
6th Cherne Marais

Class E
1st Ashton Nel
2nd Sebastisn Schutte
3rd Troy Marais

Open Tops

Class A
1st Jeff Hall
2nd Gary Marais
3rd Bruce Butler

Class B
1st Cherne Marais
2nd Kean Barnard
3rd Troy Marais

Class C
1st Sebastian Schutte

Article to follow soon…

2018-09-23T14:31:45+00:00September 23rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on BMSC Championship – Round 6 – 22 Sep 2018

Border Karting – Round 5 – 1 Sep 18

Penultimate karting round delivers thrills

Saturday 1st September marked the beginning of spring, and what a fantastic day it was for racing. Karter’s from PE and George came through to compete with their Border rivals in the penultimate round of the 2018 Championship.

First up was the Cadet Class, where there is fierce rivalry between championship leader Caleb Odendaal and Myles Krause, with the two of them never more than a kart length from each other all day. The final result went Myles way, with Caleb in a close 2nd,   and Grayson van Zummeren putting in a solid performance to claim 3rd place. Such was the quality of this encounter that Myles Krause and Caleb Odendaal were jointly awarded driver of the day. It is indeed refreshing to see the camaraderie between these two youngsters, which can so easily be marred in a competitive environment. We look forward to seeing great things from these future champions

Next was the 60cc Junior series where PE’s Kenzo Barnard put in a stellar drive to take the win, ahead of an ever improving Daniel van Zummeren, and Red Scholtz. Jordan van der Merwe ended up 4th.

The newly introduced 4 stroke invitational series was by far the most popular class of the day, with 15 entrants. This class is made up of a mix of competitors who are new to the sport and have graduated from the 4 stroke Academy, as well as some really well seasoned campaigners with a great deal of experience. It yielded some fantastic racing throughout the field, with the overall win going deservedly to Brady Choudree, ahead of Tristan Page and Warren Vosloo, who just pipped Cassidy Petzer for third place.

In class A of the Clubmans event, “old man” Neil Stephen managed to prove the old saying that experience and treachery trumps youth and enthusiasm, by winning the day ahead of the ever consistent Jared de Kock. In Class B the win went to PE’s Kenzo Barnard, who put in an impressive performance first time out in this class. Ryan Gudmanz and Kyle Heideman were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The ultra-quick DD2 Class went the way of Geoff Stephen, with Brent Strydom taking 2nd overall after some titanic battles with both Jared de Kock (3rd) and Kevin Vosloo (4th), with the three of them wowing spectators with some classic overtaking moves.

Article: Neil Stephen

2018-09-04T17:48:24+00:00September 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Border Karting – Round 5 – 1 Sep 18

Border Karting – Round 4 – 28 July 2018

As day dawned on Saturday 28th July it promised to be a beautiful day for racing.  Down at the Border Kart Circuit the teams readied themselves for Round 4 of the Border Championship

First up was the 50cc Cadet class, for kids between the ages of 5 to 8 years. After qualifying it became clear that there would be a strong two way tussle for the lead, as Myles Krause qualified just a tenth of a second behind pole sitter, Caleb Odendaal. It is encouraging to see growth in this category, which is where future champions cut their teeth.

At the end of the day Caleb Odendaal won out overall, with 2 wins and a 2nd place to Krauses 1 win and two seconds. The two of them were the class of the field and produced some very mature racing.

Third place went to young Grayson van Zummeren, who also scooped the Driver of the Day award, ahead of Aiden Green, with PE’s Kylo Barnard in 5th place ahead of new comer Rhoderick Simpson, who came all the way from George to compete.

In the 60cc Junior Class, Kenzo Barnard ruled supreme ahead of a greatly improved Daniel van Zummeren, with Red Scholtz coming home 3rd ahead of Jordan van der Merwe, Jaime Schaefer and Scot Heideman.

In the Clubmans Class, Geoff Stephen won from Jared de Kock, with Ryan Gudmanz coming in third ahead of Kyle Heideman, the latter having a scary moment when his kart suffered complete brake failure on the approach to the hairpin.

The DD2 produced some spectacular racing. Pole man Brent Strydom had an awesome day winning 2 heats and finishing 2nd in the final, giving him the overall win for the day. Kevin Vosloo pulled a rabbit out of the hat to qualify in 2nd spot ahead of team mate Geoff Stephen, who ended up 2nd for the day. Vosloo had an entertaining wheel to wheel race with Shawn Gradwell, making a welcome return to karting, and Jared de Kock. The three of them put on a thrilling race changing positions several times per lap at high speed. It was so close that it was inevitable to end in tears, when Kevin Vosloo and Shawn Gradwell touched on the exit of the hairpin, sending Gradwell into the infield where he damaged a brake disc. The damage only became evident when he braked for Tidal Corner and disappeared into the bush. Thus Kevin Vosloo claimed 3rd spot ahead of a hard charging de Kock.

The Academy class had a depleted field, with several of their drivers progressing up to the newly formed 4 stroke invitational class, but the Petzer family continued to dominate the Academy class with Morgan Petzer taking 1st place from Jason Collins and Tim Ball  in 3rd  ahead of Enkosi in 4th and Aphele in 5th place.

The newly introduced 4 stroke Invitation race provided a mix of old experienced drivers with new talent fresh from the Academy. Here Cassidy Petzer drove a magnificent race winning the first and third heat, where second placed Jono Stephen scored a win in heat two but lost out in the final.

Brad de Kock earned a solid 3rd place ahead of Alistair Simpson and Neil Stephen with Derrick Pratt rounding of the top 6.

2018-08-10T09:34:38+00:00August 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Border Karting – Round 4 – 28 July 2018

National racing thrills Border crowd – 16 June 2018

A blustery East London Grand Prix Circuit greeted competitors for the fourth round of the 2018 Extreme Festival national championship motor racing roadshow, where race fans were treated to a great day’s motorsport that delivered a blend of domination and close racing across the board.

Simon Moss and Michael Stephen made it an all Petronas Audi front row ahead of Gennaro Bonafede’s Sasol BMW on the Sasol GTC starting grid in spite of Moss suffering a scary spin through the high speed Potters Pass bend shortly after securing pole position to give his team some work to do overnight. 

Bonafede held Stephen off to win the opening race by all of three-tenths of a second, with BMW privateers Michael van Rooyen (RSC) and Johan Fourie (EPS Couriers) keeping a watching brief ahead of Robert Wolk (Sasol BMW), Moss and Daniel Rowe (VW Jetta, who ended fourth before incurring a 30second penalty to drop to seventh. Fourie then made the best of the reverse grid second race to score a well-earned win following a dreadful streak of ill luck, ahead of Wolk, Stephen and Bonafede. The Volkswagens of Rowe and Mathew Hodges were next up from an out of brakes van Rooyen and Moss.

Keagan Masters put is VW Motorsport Golf GTI on pole for Sasol GTC2 race ahead of on-form rookie Devin Robertson’s Champion Mini and Charl Smalberger, whose Sabretech Golf was sent to the back of the grid due to a turbo overboost. Robertson then overcame Masters to claim his maiden GTC2 win in race 1 ahead of Trevor Bland’s Universal Golf, Brad Liebenberg’s Ferodo Mini and a resurgent Smalberger. Masters kept his win a meeting record intact with a reverse race 2 win over Robertson, Adrian Wood’s Kyocera Golf, Bland, Liebenberg and Dayne Angel’s Honda. 

Rookie Keegan Campos (Turn 1) continued his impressive run to qualify fastest for the Engen Polo Cup ahead of VW driver Jonathan Mogotsi and Clinton Bezuidenhout (Glyco), Jeffrey Kruger (Universal), Altan Bouw (Champion) and Tasmin Pepper (Electric Life) before Mogotsi topped the superpole shootout from Kruger, Bezuidenhout Pepper, Campos and Bouw. Mogotsi then took the first race win by a second from Masters winner Pepper, Bezuidenhout, Keegan Campos, Kruger and  Jason Campos (Campos Transport) before Mogotsi made it a double over Masters winner Jason Campos, Bezuidenhout, Daniel Duminy (SMD), Shaun La Reserve (Alpine) and Kruger.

Form man Nicholas van Weely (Magnificent Paints) took the Investchem Formula 1600 pole position ahead of Scott Temple (Serengeti Golf Estate) and Alex Gillespie (ERP Trucking), while Ian Schofield (Investchem ) topped Class B. Van Weely went on to hold Temple, title contender Stuart White (Fantastic Racing) and Alex Gillespie (ERP Trucking) off in the same order in both heats, with Class B winner Ian Schofield  next up in race 1 Joshua Dolinschek (Makita) next up in race1, while Liam Pienaar (Phoenix Jewellers) took fifth from Andrew Schofield (Investchem) and Ian Scofield took Class B again in the second race.

In two-wheeled action, Jason Lamb upset the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters applecart when he dominated the first race ahead of regular frontrunners Graeme van Breda and Sven Grune, with B winner Jaco Gous next up ahead of the versatile Jade Gutzeit, Gareth Bezuidenhout and Johan le Roux. Status quo was restored in race 2 as van Breda and Grune were back to normal duty in first and second ahead of Gutzeit, Gous, de Vos and Bezuidenhout after Lamb retired.

The monster Supercars brought V8 thunder to East London as Benjamin Morgenrood raced his Mustang to the race 1 win over the Jaguars of Mackie Adlem and

Franco di Matteo, Terry Wilford’s Falcon, Auke Compaan (Jaguar) and Larry Wilford (Mustang). Adlem then struck V8 gold in race 2 ahead of Terry and Larry Wilford, Morgenrood, Steve Herbst (Corvette) and Schalk Compaan (Falcon).

The Zwartkops Car Care Clinic 111 Sports and Saloons enjoyed their annual away race in East London, where Wouter Roos romped to victory for the day aboard his Golf ahead of veteran George Bezuidenhout (Primera), Paul Saayman (VW Caddy) and Ventie-Anne Joubert’s Ballade. Mark Harvey (Porsche) took Class B from Danie Deysel (Honda) and Mark Ellis (Porsche) and Louis Scholtz (Honda) won Class C from Gawie Marais (Polo) and Chris Smit (Porsche). Overall winner Roos’ partner Melanie Spurr (Polo) made it a family affair to take Class D from Mario Hattingh and Mark Gregory’s VW. 

Willie Hepburn made the trip to East London to thrill the local fans with his familiar Sabat Opel Rekord V8 in the hometown Border Saloon Car race, rumbling to an easy race 1 win over Shannon Barun (Class B Mazda RX8), Simon Thesen (Class C BMW) and Thys Geyser (Class C Golf) while Jacques Petzer took Class E in his Polo. Willie made it a double in race 2 ahead of Thesen, Geyser, Chris Farley’s Class C BMW, Dean Ball and Bruce Butler (Nardini), while Petzer took Class E again.

The Extreme Festival heads to Port Elizabeth next, where the freshly resurfaced Aldo Scribante Racetrack should prove a fresh challenge come Saturday 14 July.

Article by Motorsport Media.

 

2018-06-18T17:58:18+00:00June 18th, 2018|News|Comments Off on National racing thrills Border crowd – 16 June 2018

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+00:00February 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+00:00October 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

2018-01-11T17:29:09+00:00September 14th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Border Karters Rev up the Track – 14 Sept 2017

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.

2018-01-10T19:48:26+00:00September 2nd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Round 5 – Regional Championship – 2 Sep 2017

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.

2018-01-11T17:29:09+00:00May 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on East London delivers exceptional Extreme action – 20 May 2017

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

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