4 May 2013

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Due to technical problems with his computer Franky Heunis asked me to complete a report on his behalf until he will be able to update it. So here goes.

View from the pits and pit gate area by Andre

LATE MODELS
In the Late Model Class Chris Liebenberg was in a class of his own and Jacques Bester could not challenge him for the Championships. Eerick Horn instead came in second for the night with a much improved car. Otto Graven took station in the new number 13 car but reported handling and setup still had to be sorted out.

  1. CHRIS LIEBENBERG  
  2. EERICK HORN
  3. JACQUES BESTER 

V8 SALOONS 

The new-gen V8s dominated the class with Burger van der Merwe ending on the top step of the podium for the night. The anticipated duel between Tiaan Louw and Van der Merwe unfortunately did not materialise. This left Arrie van Zyl who is almost on pace with the two class front runners to challenge for the day's top position. Hennie Bosch is making progress but needs to get more “track time” in his logs to be challenging. Johan Engelbrecht finished a high 4th for the evening with a huge wing on the back of the Chevy to try and improve traction.

  1. BURGER VD MERWE
  2. ARRIE VAN ZYL
  3. HENNIE BOSCH

SUPER MIDGETS
Jacques van der Merwe had a problem free evening in a car with a perfect set-up resulting in some spectacular pace and handling. Challenging Van der Merwe was the crowd pulling car and driver combination but as much as he tried, Shaun Zurich just could not match the pace of Van der Merwe's "Moaner". The much improving Stephan Engelke came in third, displacing previous front runner Dante de Ronde to a fourth position for the evening. If the gaps between the cars could be closed it would provide some of the best racing to be seen on an oval track.

  1. JACQUES VAN DER MERWE
  2. SHAUN ZURICH
  3. STEFAN ENGELKE

MIDGETS
Johan Moller with his very racy-looking and top performing Midget had an unusual evening by being knocked off the podium by Francois de Witt and Trish Fouche who made a welcome return. Fouche was out of circulation for a while after the bad accident she had earlier this season with lots of repairs that had to be done. Lammie Kotze also made an appearance at Tygerberg but uncharacteristic of him not amongst the front runners.

  1. FRANCOIS DE WITT
  2. TRISH FOUCHE
  3. PJ FOURIE

HEAVY METAL
The Heavy Metal or 6 cylinder visitors who competed in the V8 class to make up numbers had a good dual amongst each other with Jacobus Theart, Frikkie “Zoo” Theart and Avril Adams keeping usual front runner Hendrik Vos away from the trophies of the day.

  1. JACOBUS THEART
  2. FRIKKIE THEART
  3. A. ADAMS

HOTRODS
Big surprise was the appearance of Jean Steyl in the class. He had to come and defend his long-standing points lead from Hank Els and managed to just do that in his familiar style. Hank was there to make a serious bid for the title in this dwindling class. The 1660 car of Tesius van Tonder in 3rd position ahead of other Hot Rodders proved this point. Maybe it is time to make space for other competitive classes. Read on....

  1. JEAN STEYL
  2. HANK ELS
  3. TERSIUS VAN TONDER

2.1 MODIFIEDS
The two “visitors” Pierre Kotze and Brennon Green kept title contender Dewald de Villiers on the bottom step of the podium. This class is currently on a very high with some excellent cars and drivers and even the bottom step is a very good position. The merging of the Hot Rod Class with the 2.1s and some rule adjustments might just be the logical thing to do for even better racing and more time and space for the other classes.

  1. PIERRE KOTZE
  2. BRENNON GREEN
  3. DEWALD DE VILLIERS

1660 MODIFIEDS
The current “King” of the classes, the 1660s lived up to that promise once again with some hectic driving and the unavoidable bang-and-bumps that is a part of this sport just as contact and tackling is part of rugby. Anyone who cries about a scratch or dent and do not show any “war scars” by the end of the season must perhaps be on the bowling green as it is said! The JP du Plessis “Jnr” team did an outstanding job by sorting out this new car during the season to become the top contender of this class. It was fantastic to see visitor Zach Groenewald in this class to make things even more interesting. Skilled and experienced Christiaan Richter could not catch the the front runners in a car that perhaps was just not quite up to the pace. Dirk Bosman drove a noticeable race with his sideways style in his front wheel driven car, but another star of the season, Tersius van Tonder kept these last two drivers away from the trophies

  1. JEAN-PIERRE DU PLESSIS
  2. ZACK GROENEWALD
  3. TERSIUS VAN TONDER

STANDARDS
Visitor Rudi Horn ended on the top step at the end of the day with club front runner Edwin Strang back after two missed events to fight for the title. Challenger Peter Meyer unfortunately had mechanical problems. A very competitive driver of late, Shaheen Amlay just missed a podium position. With a class that has grown from about 4 entries in the beginning of the season to more than 20 in the last few events it has shown the importance of a relatively affordable entry-level class in this sport. The organisers must be congratulated for accommodating this class in the program. With the growth in numbers a further logical step should be to split the experienced standards and the “rookies” to give competitors a better chance to win and improve the quality of racing in this class. The merging of the classes mentioned earlier could just make this more possible. This can be a step forward in the sport. With the constant growth in this class it will cause new competitors that have entered into the sport to progress to other classes which in turn is good for the sport. Well done Tygerberg Raceway!

  1. RUDI HORN
  2. EDWIN STRANG
  3. PIETER MEYNARDT

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