25 & 26 January 2013
A warm welcome to one and all. I hope you all had a great festive season, Christmas, new year and happy holidays. With all this now behind us the 2013 part of the summer season started where we left off with the 2nd half of the RSA vs USA Late Model challenge series. This time we saw three brand new faces in Cape Town in the likes of Jody Dilbeck, Mike Bruner and Andy Hill who came to our shores to show us just what they can do. All three gents yield from Dallas in the state of Georgia and they put up as was expected a superb show for one and all. Once again the event was held over two days on Friday and Saturday and all in all we had over 90 entries over the weekend.
IN THE 1660 CLASS…..
With 18 entries here we once again expected a show stopper of note and it was just that. One tends to get used to the fact that Tersius van Tonder does his own thing in this class but he was royally whipped by JP (jnr) du Plessis who was in devastating form the weekend. Tersius sadly had car problems and other issues that kept him out of the points but JP jnr was joined by Willie Richter, Christiaan Richter, Ryno Coetzer, Tiaan Scott, Jacques du Plessis, JP du Plessis, Wayne Skinner, Dirk Bosman, Johan Carstens and many more and together all these drivers put up a show of tight, close racing that is hard to beat any where in the country (no niggle-dies just plain hardcore in your face racing that is just amazing). Ryno Coetzer had a problem or two over the weekend when on Friday he and Willie Richter made contact on the main straight causing damage to the left side of his car and a exhaust system that came off, then on Saturday in the final found himself on the opposite straight against the wall and facing the oncoming traffic. JP (snr)’s problems continue as he retired for the weekend after race one on Friday. Juan Farrel from the CHD came to play as well but picked up mechanical issue on Friday, which ended his weekend. Once all was said and done it was JP du Plessis (jnr) who walked away with top honours for the weekend.
IN THE 2.1 MOD CLASS…..
Thysie Valentyn was the man who was in a class of his own and dominated in every way possible, he was joined by 15 other hotshots out there like Michaela Norman, Armand de Villiers, Matthew Jefferies, Dewald de Villiers, Nicky Koeglenberg, Dylan Nel, Andre Schafer and Leigh de Wet, but it was the De Kock family members that surprised all with some stunning driving by Tertius de Kock and Daniel de Kock who put on an epic show with their mk2 Escorts. Benito Oosthuizen from the CHD came to join us and did very well keeping in mind that he is a tar boy and has not driven on dirt for a while. Mario Verwey is the new “kid on the block” and did not disgrace himself in his Golf and will get better as time goes by….. But the big news was that my commentating partner Gary Fleming after being out of racing for 7 to 8 yrs made an comeback in his old faithful Golf and did very well in old equipment but ran
engine bearings in race one Saturday night which ended his campaign ( he will be back ). When all was done it was Thysie Valentyn that stood on the top step of the podium.
IN THE HOTROD CLASS…..
Jean Steyl, Nicky Koeglenberg, Gert Brink, Hank Els and Brian Grimbeek set the pace (as usual) this weekend with Brian leading a race at one stage on Friday evening only to loose it in turn one (that win will come). Gert Brink had an up and down event with a few top three results but also a few “tail Charlie” finishes. Dylan Nel, Roger Youngs and Shafick Firfiry impressed all with their ever improving drives and it’s only a matter of time before those top three results come for them. Andre Shafer and Raniel Koeglenberg are two young guns that are improving steadily in this class. Han Koch Brand is a man that ran with the standard saloon class last time but has performed so well that he was bumped up to his actual class and is getting quicker. When all the rotary noises subsided it was Jean Steyl that cried king for the event.
IN THE STANDARD SALOON CLASS…..
Pieter Meyer and Edwin Strang remain the two top dogs in this class but sadly the young man who beat them last time namely Shaheen Amlay had mechanical glitches the whole weekend in his Mini. William Wheeler in the other remaining Mini ran consistant the entire weekend. Jacques Pienaar in his super quick Golf might have thought that he was the only other man to challenge the Beetle of Meyer and the Gordini of Strang but he was wrong as the Darries trio had two Escorts and one Toyota Sprinter and Ganief, Rieyade and Waleed came and ran hard upfront with Meyer, Strang and Pienaar. Len Wentzel did exceptionally well in his Escort and he was joined by a few new comers in Karel Cordier in a Datsun SSS and Morne vd Merwe in and Escort and the two newcomers had a lot of fun out there. Bobby Ray in his Fiesta is improving in leaps and bounds and is slowly but surely gaining confidence as the season goes on. It is great to see that this class is growing in numbers. When all was done here it was Meyer and Strang that were the top two.
IN THE SUPER MIDGETS AND MIDGETS CLASSES…..
In the “supers” no one could stop Jacques “ stukkie” vd Merwe as he obliterated the entire field, Stefan Engelke and Bennie Engelke were the only two on Friday night that gave him a good go but sadly Bennie did not return on Saturday. Eerick Horn had problems the Friday evening but came on strong Saturday to try to catch Jacques. Dante de Ronde did not race the Friday but did
arrive the Saturday only to retire after race one with mechanical gremlins. When the speedsters were done and dusted it was STUKKIE vd Merwe himself that stood on the top step.
In the Midgets the run of Johann Moller continues as he ran out trumps for the event with only PJ Fourie, Willie Visagie and Francois de Witt to challenge him, sadly for PJ the wheels literally came off on both nights which put him out of the running. Willie Visagie and Francois de Witt put their hands up and did extremely well the whole weekend. Andries Bezhuidenhout on Friday hit the wall hard in turn one and ended his weekend while Chase Herholdt on Friday night had to abandon ship as his race car caught fire and had to retire for the weekend. Bernard Theron was at a wedding on Friday and did not race but was there the Saturady only to have small technicalities plague him the whole night which slowly came right towards the end. In this class it was Johann Moller that was number one for the weekend.
IN THE V8 CLASS…..
Tiaan Louw arrived with the ex Attie Nel Chev Monte Carlo and the two of them were involved in an epic battle for top honours with Tiaan dominating the Friday and Burger making an comeback the Saturday. Altru de Klerk in his new ere machine was super fast out there and is now a man to watch out for. Hennie Bosch (the son of legend Louw Bosch) made his debut and is going to be very fast in due time. We had an guest driver all the way from Bloemfontein namely Allan Booysen (current SA 2) who joined us and had to peddle hard to stay up front but did so succssesfully. On Saturday we were joined by Frikkie Slippers, Jakobus Theart and Rodney Esterhuizen in their six cylinders and did not disappoint (MAYBE WE MUST CONSIDER A SIX CYL CLASS). Well as you can imagine it was Tiaan Louw that graced the top step for the event with Burger and Altru behind him.
IN THE LATE MODEL CLASS…..
The weekend was about these guys and “MAN” did they put up a show second to none. The whole LM class was about USA’s Jody Dilbeck, Mike Bruner, Andy Hill and RSA”s Chris Liebenberg, Jacques Bester, Thysie Valentyn and Izak Spies. These seven drivers crawled over, around and through each other and if anyone of them got it wrong then Otto Graven, Eerick Horn, Gabrie Gelderblom and PJ Fourie were there to pick up the “ball”. If anyone thought the Americans were going to run away with it then they made a “HUGE” mistake as all drivers and cars were on song and up to pace and speed and no one really got away from the
other….. But there had to be a winner and it was USA’s Jody Dilbeck that beat RSA's Jacques Bester by 2 points only followed by USA’s Mike Bruner and RSA’s Chris Liebenberg.
Jody Dilbeck = 55 Mike Bruner = 12 Andy Hill = 77
Another superb event was hosted by Tygerberg Raceway and its management and a BIG THANKS goes out to one and all involved….. It was a stunning show and the stands was packed and the entire arena was full the whole weekend. The next big event will be on the 16th Feb 2013 and it will be another huge one. Watch press for details.
From myself until then “ be good “ and look after yourselves.
Frank Heunis (commentator).