Gymkhana enthusiasts were treated to another stunning event on Saturday 1 December 2018 when Mace Service & Performance and Auto Detail added their names in support of the 131st Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana at the home of Western Cape motorsport – the Killarney International Raceway.
Clerk of the Course, Pierre van der Westhuizen, and Abdul Sayed leading an almost completely new team of officials as hosts of this dual lane event in the Turn 5 / Scrutineering section of the circuit.
At the top of the scoresheets it was Leon Engelbrecht and Damien Chyster than dominated proceedings in the Rafique Firfirey owned L&M Automotive Performance class G Mini Cooper S Turbo 1.6. Fortunately for the opposition his fastest times of the day was in fact recorder during his non scoring runs, allowing second placed Rafique Firfirey and Hishaam Firfirey (father and son) to look extremely competitive in the same vehicle.
Izak van Zyl Jnr unfortunately did not make selection for the annual Gymkhana Grid at Carnival City, fortunately that saw him return to the Gymkhana series behind the wheel of both the Dynotech class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v Turbo and the monster Dynotech class G Toyota Corolla 4.0 V8 Twin Turbo drifter. Father in Law, Dewald van der Merwe, once again filling the suicide seat and they managed to finish the day in third and fourth overall position.
Quinton Phillips and Leon Engelbrecht made good use of the 400 horsepower performance potential of their class G Audi RS3 2.5 TFSi five cylinder. With maximum torque available at just 1700rpm this car pulls like the proverbial train and fifth overall was an impressive debut. Dewald van der Merwe had Izak van Zyl Jnr as navigator in the Dynotech class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v Turbo and sixth overall certainly proved that he was still seriously quick.
Husband and wife, Günther and Louise Appelgryn, seventh overall in the class B winning Spiderman VW Golf Citi MkI 1.8. A difficult day at the office as their most ardent supporter had entered the final Parc Fermé of life. Anton Smit and Günther Appelgryn then also finished eighth overall and first in class F with the Navara Cub, Toyota 1.6 powered Datsun LDV after a spirited performance.
Johann Zulch and Aatera Firfirey pulled off a brilliant class E win in the Ceres Toyota backed BMW E30 325iM and ninth overall was truly impressive for the rather heavy 1990 Beemer. Sean and Ken Irwin did beat the Beemer on one run but failed to capitalise on the modern technology available in their superb 469hp C63 AMG Mercedes Benz 6.2 V8 and had to settle for tenth position overall and second in class.
Former WBMK Gymkhana Champions, Fanie and Zak du Toit (father and son), did not enjoy a great comeback in their class A Mazda Rustler LDV 2.0 16v when the hydraulic handbrake could only be used in one direction. Those familiar with the format of gymkhana events will understand how frustrating that could be and they would eventually finish eleventh overall.
Abdul Sayed spent most of his time organising this event. Normally very stressed when driving he actually found participation the most relaxing element on this event and with Leon Engelbrecht as navigator they would finish twelfth overall and first in class D with their Clubmans specification Toyota Tazz 1.3. A number of Reach for a Dream children were treated to a drive in a competing vehicle and Peet van der Walt actually took a number in the massive V8 Audi Pace Car too. A trick bike display and Sanitary Drive further enhancing the community drive on this very popular event.
Ken and Sean Irwin also had their 420hp class E BMW E92 M3 Coupé 4.0 V8 present and they finished thirteenth overall and third in class. Aatera Firfirey and Carel Bosch claimed fourteenth overall in the nimble class G Opel Corsa Turbo 1.4. Aatera enjoying very busy day as navigator in the absence of many regulars and she certainly drove well too.
André Smit and Aatera Firfirey claimed fifteenth overall and first place in class C with the almost standard VW Golf MkI 1.6 whilst Mike van As and Mathew ? had an absolute blast enroute to sixteenth spot overall and second in class F with their “modern” 1948 MG TC. Aatera Firfirey and Liezel Roux claimed seventeenth overall and first all ladies crew in class I with the Opel Corsa Turbo 1.4.
Byron Hite might be driving the least powerful car in his standard class D Toyota Tazz 1.3 but with Aatera Firfirey navigating they still managed a very respectable eighteenth overall and second place in class. Kosie Swanepoel (Sasol GTC Technical watchdog) and Anton Terblanché enjoyed an entertaining outing in their KSD Class E BMW E36 328i. Having recently debut his new Clubmans Lexus race car one hopes to see Kosie Jnr present at many more in future.
Brenton ? and Ethan Paulsen drove their 292hp class G Audi S3 Turbo 2.0 16v AWD to a debut twentieth position overall and eighth in class. Craig Harper and Phillip Dexter somewhat disappointing in 21st overall and fifth in class with the 2.5 Alfa Romeo powered Harper Mk5. Staying on the correct route once again proving far more challenging than anticipated. Hilton Africa and Eric Bezuidenhout twenty second overall and second in class with their Autozone class C VW Fox 1.6.
Barend Haasbroek and Jonelle Reynolds also failing to match the performance potential of their class G Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.5 Turbo 4x4 and having to settle for twenty third overall and ninth in class. Brenton ? and ? Dawson the final classified finishers in their class G Audi S3 2.0 16v.
Those brave enough to challenge their solo skills in class H as single seater entries saw Dewald van der Merwe victorious in the Dynotech VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v Turbo with Stuart Smith credited with second position in his VW Golf MkI 2.0 and Byron Hite third in his bog standard Toyota Tazz 1.3. Peet van der Walt slid into fourth spot with his BMW E36 328i with motoring journo, Ray Leathern, fifth in his Nissan Sabre 2.0. Anthony Ashley sixth in his neat Lotus 7 2.0 , Andrew de Bruin seventh in the VW Golf MkI 2.0 and Karl Ebel eighth in Ford Escort MkII 1.6. Emile Botha tenth in class with his neat BMW Z4 Coupé 3.2 and Gavin Williams eleventh in his ultra rare Lotus Europa 2.0.
The wobbling 4x4 class again became a firm favourite with the crowd as they really found themselves far removed from their normal off road environment. Clint and Lola Kirkwood stealing the thunder with the spectacular 2.0 Subaru powered Red Devil Pipe Car whilst Mike van As and Mathew ? struggled to get the 1600 Landrover around the tighter sections. Anton Smit and Aatera Firfirey joining in the fun with the Ford Ranger TDi 3.0 in RWD.
At the time of writing a number of obvious errors had not been rectified in the results for the event and these will be updated in due course. Six events are scheduled to take place in 2019. Avoid disappointment and enter well in advance as entries would have to be limited in order to complete each event within a tight timeframe.
Enjoy the holidays!
Published by: Patrick Vermaak
Picture Caption: 43G NS Izak van Zyl Jnr - Mike Mathee - Toyota Corolla TT 4000 V8
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