The Border Motorsport Club Speed Weekend was ended on a high note on Sunday, 14 Aug, with the conclusion of the BMSC Top End Run event. The 2016 Simola and General Tyre sponsored event, saw a record number of entries since the inauguration of the BMSC Top End Run in 2014. Competitors in the Top End Run starts 50m before Beacon Bend, and accelerate as quickly as possible up the ELGP circuit main straight, to the finish line a 600m where the competitors top speed is measured as the result of the specific run. Competitors took part in two rounds, after which the top 25 went through to the elimination and final rounds.

Craig Zank from Klerksdorp in a Nissan GTR R35 was back to defend his 2015 title, with main opposition expected from Simola Hillclimb winner, Des Gutzeit in his purpose built Nissan GTR R33, Border’s own Darron Gudmanz in a Nissan GTR R35, and the BMSC TER 2014 winner, Martin Van Zummeren in his Nissan GTR R34. Another draw card entry from veteran motorsport legend Peter Lindenberg, and his daughter Paige, in a new Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra.

A very impressive collection of high speed machinery gathered in the East London Grand Prix circuit’s pit area, to start the top end runs at 10h30. Apart from purpose built hill climb and drag race cars, entries also included cars like Lamborghini, Mclaren, Mercedes AMG, Chev Lumina, Nissan GTR’s, Porsche GT3’s. Border Historics were also well presented with some old school American muscle, by Selwyn Blom and Brett Franklin in the awesome sounding, and very powerful Ford Capri Perana, and Ford Granada Perana.

After a busy day of racing, the results were concluded with Wade Wright in a Honda Type R claiming the 4-Cylinder class at a top speed of 176km/h. The 4-Cylinder Turbo class was won by Wesley Swartz in a Honda Civic at 200km/h, after some close competition from Matthew Gudmanz in his Golf GTi at 194km/h. The 6-Cylinder class was won by Quinsley Sale in a Porsche GT3 at 209 km/h, followed by Bets Radloff in a Nissan 350Z at 187km/h.

In the Open Road going class, Craig Zank’s Nissan R35 GTR took first prize at a 264km/h, followed by Bevan Choudree a 226km/h in his BMW M5, and Alec Gudmanz at 225km/h in a Audi R8.
In the Racing car class, a new record top speed was recorded by Des Gutzeit in his Dezzi’s Nisssan R33 GTR, at 287km/h. Gutzeit was also crowned as the 2016 BMSC Top End Run Champion. In second place was Darron Gudmanz in his Nissan R35 GTR at 263km/h, followed by Martin van Zummeren at 249km/h, in his Nissan R34 GTR.

First place prizes of R10,000, and R15,000 was awarded to the winners of the Open Road, and Race car categories respectively. In an extraordinary show of sportsmanship and loyalty to motorsport, both Des Gutzeit, and Craig Zank donated their winnings to the Border Motorsport Club in support of local motorsport.

Article: Johan van der Westhuizen