ROUND 4 – POWER SERIES

That is that as far as round 4 of the Power Series goes and only a short break to round 5 on June 3rd.

Our grid was boosted by visitors who were racing in the South African Endurance series later in the day which made our races a real spectacle which was appreciated by the crowd and the media. See article by Motorsport Media: www.motorsportmedia.co.za/

Class A

Unfortunately, Francis did not get the Aquilla onto the track, we were also missing Johan Engelbrecht (family commitments), Dawie Joubert who damaged the Exige at the hill climb and Peter Van Der Spuy who was swanning over the Alps somewhere but still managing to keep in touch via WhatsApp, go figure.

Class A sure wasn’t short of great looking and sounding cars, The Chevron B26 of Franco Scribante, our newest member Marcel Angel (Ferrari 458 GT3), Charl Arangies (Ferrari 430 GT3) joined our regulars Andre Bezuidenhout (Juno-Nissan) Craig Jarvis (Viper GTS-R), Colin Plitt (Juno-Honda) and Clinton Thorne in his Lotus 7 Toyota made up Class A.

Race 1:

At the start, the Chevron of Franco Scribante took the lead and slowly pulled away. Behind him, Marcel and Andre Bez had a spectacular dice followed by Craig, Clinton and the Class B Porsche of Gary K, followed closely by Colin Plit in the Juno who had had a poor qually on Friday evening. Colin did manage to get passed Gary on Lap 3 and held on to the end of the race.

Craig Jarvis’ comment. Race 1 –

“spent most of it by myself. Could not keep up with the front 3 runners”.

Colin Plitt comments:

“I decided to do both the Sports and GT sprint races and the 3-hour endurance race. The Juno was on form in race 1 and despite my statement to the team that I would take it easy and save the car for the 3 hour, I couldn’t resist giving the car a good old tonk and ran my best lap in 1:14.125.”

The Class B Porsche GT3 of Matt Kreeve and the Nissan GTR of Nic Cunningham-Moorat were followed by Andre Brink who was probably slowed by the hard pushing Shelby Can Am of Martin Pugh and Sandro Biccari in the Nardini, those three close enough to be covered by the proverbial blanket.

Martin Pugh’s comments:

“Got a reasonable start and tucked in behind Andre Brink and chased as hard as I could, catching him in the tight bits but out to him along the two straights and then suddenly I had Sandro right behind me, jeez really did not know where he came from. He passed me in 2 and took off after Andre. I learnt a hell of a lot watching how he threw the Nardini around corners and what grip levels can be. We ended up passing each other twice although somebody told me the second time I got passed was under Yellow, sorry Sandro honestly did not see them.

Sandro’s comments:

“I had a really enjoyable day I qualified a careful 15th position as I was trying to learn how to drive the Nardini once again. In Race 1 I managed to pass Nick C-M by holding a tight line between 2 and 3. Sadly only held the giant Nissan off until half the back straight when power ruled. I fell into a comfortable pace behind Martin Pugh and Andre Brink who were 2-3 seconds ahead. When we reach lap 6 my pace had improved and I started catching the duo. I am starting to find the feeling of this car as I achieve my PB 1:18.017. Andre Brink was holding Martin up in Turn 3 and 4 which allowed me to close up for a three-way battle. I passed Martin twice but the power of the Shelby was too much in the end.”

Although Louis qualified ahead of Maarten Prins the more powerful Porsche soon got past him and started chasing down the front three.

Arno Church seemed to be getting his mojo back when he out qualified the Lola on Friday. He stayed in front of Louis for three laps before Louis managed to squeeze past. Unfortunately, he blew his engine spectacularly on Lap 9 and the race had to be Red flagged.

Race 2:

The race 2 grid is based on the quickest lap times from race 1, which put Andre Bez in front of Marcel. What followed was an 8 lap balls to the wall dice with Marcel eventually getting ahead on lap 8.

The Red flags came out after a brake disc on the Viper exploded when Craig braked hard going into 5. I can only imagine how scary it must have been. Eyewitnesses said the Viper launched into the air bounced once and then hit the tyre wall.

Craig’s Comment:

“Similar to race 1 until my front left brake disc exploded at 260kph on the back straight. Impact with the tyre wall must have been close to 240kph. I’m feeling a bit battered, but I was able to walk away”

The results were taken back a lap so Andre came out on top .36 seconds ahead of Marcel followed by Craig and Colin Plit. Gary won Class B followed by Matt, Nic and Andre Brink.

Colin’s comments:

“Race 2 was when the Juno picked up an electrical problem and I battled to maintain momentum in the race”.
I ran 15’s and 16’s and was pleased to have completed the race. I collected some points and so achieved my goal.
The electrical problems followed us into the 3 hour, but that’s another story.

Class C was won by Martin Pugh after Sandro had to pull off with an engine problem bringing Maarten Prins up to second place and Louis into third.

Sandro’s comments:

“In Race 2 I started behind the very quick Lambo that accelerates away with a lap. My pace was good for the first two laps and I created a gap to keep Andre Brink behind. Sadly, in Lap 3 my car started to feel tight down the main straight and I pull-off on the inside of Turn 1. I was disappointed as I believe the two competitors close behind would have caught me and re-started our great race battle.

With Arno out, Ray Farnham drove a brilliant race to take overall first in Class D.

Congratulations to Colin, Andre who both improved their times, Andre by a whopping 2.56 seconds, as did Arno. Marcel starts his Sports & GT journey with a 1, 11.753 not bad for a new drive.

Overall Class Winners for the day:

  • Class A: Marcel Angel
  • Class B: Gary Kieswetter
  • Class C: Martin Pugh
  • Class D: Ray Farnham

Overall Championship results.

  • Arno Church, 89
  • Nic Cunningham Moorat, 82
  • Gary Kieswetter, 82
  • Colin Plit, 76.

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