The Inex Legends visited Dezzi Raceway on Saturday as part of the Historic Tour, for the Johan Herman Race Day and treated an enthusiastic crowd to 3 exciting heats.
The Inex Legends visited Dezzi Raceway on Saturday as part of the Historic Tour, for the Johan Herman Race Day and treated an enthusiastic crowd to 3 exciting heats. The picturesque venue is both challenging and demanding on drivers, and the 15 strong Legends field produced good racing from first to last. Richard Upton won one heat and finished second to Devin Robertson in the other two, but because the latter does not score championship points, Upton effectively scored a hat trick which will further boost his championship hopes.
In heat 1 , Charl Roux and Shaun Nel initially led the charge into turn 1, with the ever impressive young lion Altan Bouw, on his first visit to this track, also fighting for the lead. However, before long “Stompie” Stadler and Richard were chasing Charl Roux for the lead. Devin Robertson meanwhile, was enjoying a one off drive and with his experience in these cars, was carving his way through the field from the back, at a rate of knots. After 10 frenetic laps, Robertson won from Upton, with Stadler, crossing the line in third place. Behind them Charl Roux, Shaun Nel and Willie Erasmus rounded out the top 6. The extremely challenging nature of the Dezzi Raceway saw a few spins, with drivers grappling with too much power as one said, which also punished rubber, further complicating things.
Heat 2 saw Richard Upton and Gerhard Roux lead the field up the hill towards turn 2, with Jordan Larsson, who hadn’t made the grid in heat 1 with timing problems on his engine, not far behind them. As they all sorted themselves out, Upton was again soon in command at the front. Larsson then stopped with a blown engine, capping a miserable weekend. While Devin Robertson again made short work of getting to the front, another former Inex Legend, and now Engen VW Cup regular Clinton Bezuidenhout was putting in a fine performance, holding on to Robertson, and making his way through the field too. There were more offs and spins, but this time Richard Upton withstood Devin’s challenge to cross the line first. Stadler was again third, with Erasmus fourth, Bezuidenhout an impressive fifth and Gerhard Roux sixth.
Heat 3 started in beautiful, late afternoon sunshine and a cool and stiff breeze, and those who opted to stay and watch, instead of heading for homely comforts and the Super Rugby final, were treated to another 12 pulsating laps of endless action. One of the salient features of Dezzi Raceway, set against a stunning backdrop consisting of blue ocean, marine traffic and playful whales, is turn 3, a right hander which is the highest point on the circuit and cork screws down to turn 4, a tight left hander which falls away below it in quick succession. The Legends were a joy to watch negotiating this busy section. The Ziegler Logistics Twins led the field the first time around, with the rest all jostling for position behind them. Robertson and Upton however were as one scything through the field in the inverted grid. The smaller dimensions of the midgets allow some latitude in audacious driving and this duo was more audacious than most. Behind them, a slew of regulars who have come to know each other well over the season fought all out war again on worn tyres, and tricky off camber corners. Stadler emerged as the third challenger for the podium placings, but Gerhard Roux, Shaun Nel , Richard van Heerde Willie Erasmus and Altan Bouw made him work hard for it. At the flag, the finishing order was the same it had been for heat 1, but with Devin Robertson not scoring points, Richard Upton had effectively bagged a hat trick. Behind the top three, Roux was fourth, Bouw fifth with Erasmus sixth, after some intense racing between the pair.
In the championship by class with 3 rounds to go , Anro Stadler leads the Pro Class, from Willie Erasmus and Richard Upton. In the Masters Charl Roux is in control, with Richard van Heerde second and Gerhard Roux third, but it is all very tight and may change before the season ends. In the Semi Pro category Steven Levin is first with Marnus du Plessis second, while Altan Bouw is the solitary young lion. The 14 year old has garnered 4800 points which actually puts him in the overall lead of the Inex Legends so far, with dropped scores still to be taken into account.
The next installment in this riveting championship takes place at Red Star Raceway, two weeks hence, on the 19th of this month.
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Published by: Tony Alves
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