Franky's Race Report 2014/04/12


Hi and welcome to the 2nd last club championship event of the 2013/14 summer season and also the 2nd round of the WP DIRT OVAL CHAMPIONSHIP at Tygerberg Raceway. With cars from the host club, Cape Hell Drivers and Kleinplasie Raceway it was a Battle Royal out there on the day.

 

IN THE 1660 CLASS.....
01-20140412.jpgThere were 22 entries in this class and as usual it was always going to be a fight for survival and a fight for your life out there. Tiaan Scott, Tersius v Tonder, Kyle v Dyk, Shawn Bester, Michael Reynolds, Grant Kirchner, Cedric Burger, JP du Plessis, JP du Plessis (jnr), Jacques du Plessis, Dirk Bosman, Willie Richter, Christiaan Richter, Wayne Skinner, Willem v Zyl, Marius Vos, Victor Fryde and a whole lot more came out to do battle on the night. One of the night's biggest crashes came in this class when Victor Fryde was clipped from behind by another driver namely Willie v Zyl which sent him packing at high speed into the wall on the main straight and this resulted in major damage to the Golf ( Victor walked away unharmed from the incident ). Schalk vd Westhuizen did well in the beginning but had a sick sounding Golf as 02-20140412.jpgthe night went on. Michael Reynolds started the night off in good spirits but also had a mechanical issue with his Corsa as the evening progressed. We also welcomed back Basie Burger to the fray but his Golf started to smoke rather badly after race one and he retired soon after that. Dirk Bosman was not his usual self out there as he for unknown reasons was stuck at the back of the pack most of the night. Christiaan Richter arrived with a whole new Polo Hatch on Saturday, he had his fair share of problems but when that car is right he'll be difficult to catch, but the finals of the evening belonged to the foursome of Tersius v Tonder and all the Du Plessis family members as they supplied us with a final of note as the Du Plessis's were all over the back of v Tonder from start to finish, one waited for something to give but they all provided us with a great race.... After all the action was done it was... 1st Tersius v Tonder, 2nd Jacques du Plessis, 3rd JP du Plessis.

 

IN THE 2.1 MOD CLASS.....
 03-20140412.jpgHere 17 entries arrived on the day and the battle was just as intense out there as with the smaller class. Christo Kotze, Matthew Jefferies, Jaco Warrington, Richard Griessen, Leigh de Wet, Eugene Zoghby, Michaela Norman, Dewald de Villiers, Thys Valentyn, Carlo de Lang, Ruan Koen and the " TIN TOPS " of Gavin Fleming, Hein Etzebeth and Wade Marshal were all in it. The heat of the battle was red hot as all of them left it all on the track. Sadly for Ruan Koen he retired his Golf very early in race 1 with car issues. Gavin Fleming had an event he'd rather forget when in the 2nd race of the night his left rear wheel broke off and sent him heading towards the wall in T1 luckily both car and wheel missed everything out there in that incident. Michaela 04-20140412.jpgNorman was (as usual) making all the guys work very hard out there as she is one of the top lady racers out there. During the finals of the event there was contact in T1 between Leigh de Wet, Jaco Warrington and Wade Marshal with cars all over the place, this forced a full yellow flag situation. However it was Thys Valentyn, Matthew Jefferies, Dewald de Villiers and Carlo de Lang that went hard at it the whole night and it was no surprise that the top three was going to come from them. It was awesome to see Richard Griessen join us at TRW and he did very well after not racing at Tygerberg for many a year (hope to see you back soon Sir Richard)... When all was over it was... 1st Thys Valentyn, 2nd Carlo de Lang, 3rd Matthew Jefferies.

 

IN THE HOTROD CLASS.....
05-20140412.jpg Han-Koch Brand, Roger Youngs, Bryan Grimbeek, Wade Grimbeek, Nicky Koeglenberg, Dylan Nel, Gert Brink, Tiaan Louw, JP Kotze, Hendrick Beets, Raniel Koeglenberg, Bobby Ray, Shafick Firfirey and Jacques Bester were out there. Jacques Bester was racing a borrowed car as he was busy setting it up for a 2.1 mod driver. Wade and Bryan Grimbeek were at one time giving it horns on the track as the father/son combination entertained us royally. Raniel Koeglenberg, Bobby Ray and Shafiek Firfury also had a great little dice between them at one stage until Raniel broke away from them, but the boys to watch out there was Tiaan Louw, Nicky Koeglenberg, Han-Koch Brand, Dylan Nel and JP Kotze.... When it all was over it was.... 1st Tiaan Louw, 2nd Nicky Koeglenberg, 3rd Han-Koch Brand.

 

IN THE V8 CLASS.....
Duane Prinsloo, Attie Nel, Steven Heydenrich, Bennie Olivier, Hennie Bosch, Johan Engelbrecht, Burger vd Merwe, Arrie v Zyl, Chris Gardner and Johan Mills were the V8 men out there. During the 1st race there was an situation in T1 involving Arrie v Zyl, Ben06-20140412.jpgnie Olivier and Johan Engelbrecht where they all spun out, sadly for Arrie something broke on his New Era V8 and that side-lined him for the entire event. Bennie Oliver climbed out of his car to check something and was black flagged out of the race as you are not allowed to get out of your vehicle and then still be able to continue. Duane Prinsloo had another good event and made a top 5 for the evening in a car that is improving every time it goes out onto the track. Steven Heydenrich has not done a lot of racing at TRW and was not quite on pace with the others, but he will get there. From heat 2 onwards it was all about Burger vd Merwe, Hennie Bosch, Attie Nel and Bennie Olivier with Hennie even beating Burger in one race for the event... When all the V8 mania was done it was... 1st Burger vd Merwe, 2nd Hennie Bosch, 3rd Attie Nel.

 

IN THE LATE MODEL CLASS.....
JB Lazerus, Chris Liebenberg, Jean Steyl, Gabrie Gelderblom, Fanie Mostert, Willie Dames, Eerick Horn, Danie Sandenbergh, Karel Bakker and Altru de Klerk were the Late Model drivers that put on a stunning show for one and all. During one of the heats Altru de Klerk, Gabrie Gelderblom, Fanie Mostert and Karel Bakker all spun out in T1 and some serious contact was made due to all of this but they all managed to get going again. During that same heat there was heavy contact between Jean Steyl and Eerick Horn in T2 as Horn went rather heavily into Steyl ( all accidently of course ). JB Lazerus is slowly but surely getting to grips with his LM and it went very well on the night. Gabrie Gelberblom had a car that was not very happy after the shunt and he battled as the night rolled on. Willie Dames had a great night and he drove his machine like a champ of note and kept out of trouble. Chris Liebenberg was running away with the finals until his car began to sound very rough (almost on 7 cyl) and he retired from that race... When the THUNDER was over it was... 1st Danie Sandenbergh, 2nd Willie Dames, 3rd Jean Steyl.

 

IN THE SUPER MIDGET AND MIDGET CLASSES.....
Bennie Engelke, Eerick Horn, Ruhann Horn, Mark Conyers, Jacques vd Merwe, Riaan Smit, Leon Botha, Wessel Rabe and Corrie de Ronde went to war in the SUPER MIDGET class. Bad luck hit Corrie de Ronde when he retired his car halfway through race 1 and his event was done. Ruhaan Horn is now getting his machine sorted out and is not only challenging his brother Eerick out there but will be challenging for top results in the near future. Mark Conyers has a new power plant in his car and it needs to still get sorted out. 08-20140412.jpgHowever it was Wessel Rabe and Jacques vd Merwe that scared everyone when contact was made between both of them in T2, this resulted in Wessel tipping the Midget over onto its side and Jacques sliding his Midget into and on top of him (no one got hurt though)..... Rudi Horn, Johann Moller, Francois de Witt, Anco Jordaan and Brian Houndsome were out there in the MIDGET class, Horn got himself stuck in the mud at one stage and needed help. There was some great dicing between Francois de Witt, Rudi Horn and Anco Jordaan in this class right through the night... When the SPEED BOYS were done it was...
IN THE SUPER MIDGETS... 1st Bennie Engelke, 2nd Eerick Horn, 3rd Riaan Smit.
IN THE MIDGETS... 1st Johann Moller, 2nd Francoid de Witt, 3rd Anco Jordaan.

 

IN ADDITION.....
A DRIVER OF THE DAY was chosen and it was not difficult to choose, the award went to.............. Hennie Bosch.

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IN CLOSING.....
Another great race event was held by Tygerberg Raceway, a big thanks goes out to one and all for making this club and WP championship such a great one. The next big event at Tygerberg Raceway will be held on the 10 May 2014, this will be the club championship finals for the summer season and it's going to be a war out there, you don't want to miss this one.

Until then. Look after yourselves.
Franky Heunis (commentator)