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WINGFIELD MOTORS POWER SERIES 7 - DOING THE FRANCO
August 3, 2022  
Changing weather certainly had competitors and spectators on their toes all day as it was comfortable, overcast, wet, cold and uncomfortable and just when everyone was prepared for rain the circuit dried completely.

 

 


Street Car Challenge 2x6 Laps
With initial planning for a debut entry of twelve cars, eight eventually completed qualifying for this new category which caters for the more experienced Track Day specialists and regular racers in their street legal exotics or tweaked street machines.


Wet qualifying restricted Pole to 1min31.962 and made the handicappers job a misery for heat one as the drying circuit would undoubtedly see everyone improve dramatically. In theory everyone should reach the chequered flag at exactly the same time after six laps around the 3.267km Killarney racetrack and though Clubman veteran Andre Johnson improved to 1min32.393 in his lean an mean Audi TT RS 2.5. In completely stock form the Audi delivers a performance that challenges the R8 V10 and given Andre Johnson’s racing credentials this one would certainly have been tweaked even further.


Beating a R1 million plus Audi into second place must have felt good to Ederees Achmat in his home grown Regent Services BMW E36 M3 whilst Lorcan Aylward managed a credible third in his well known Gymkhana ETCS LEA Cranes Ford Mustang V8. Yusuf Achmat (BMW) fourth, Stuart Jameson (Renault Clio) fifth and Clubman veteran Basie Burger sixth in his Wheels 4 U Nissan 350Z cabriolet.   


Heat two was even drier and Andre Johnson got down to 1min22.817 in the Audi TT which relates to 142.014km/h average and though the scratch handicap proved closer it still left him in fifth sport past the flag after six laps. Yusuf Achmat just 0.011seconds ahead in fourth with Jaco Oosthuizen third in his neat Toyota Conquest, Basie Burger second and Ederees Achmat hanging on for a second victory.


Overall the results saw Ederees Achmat first, Andre Johns second, Yusuf Achmat third, Stuart Jameson fourth, Basie Burger fifth and Jaco Oosthuizen sixth.


Spitfire Furniture Sports & GT Cars 2x10 Laps
Qualifying on 1min19.411 certainly indicated tricky conditions as Marcel Angel claimed pole in the Autohaus Angel 4A Porsche Turbo normally campaigned by Dayne Angel. Gary Kieswetter clearly more comfortable in second spot with his Advanced Packaging Solutions 43A Porsche GT3 Cup whilst Nick Adcock was clearly struggling in third with the Aidcall 5S Ligier JS53 Evo 2 still getting used to it’s new 2.4 heart.


Steve Humble can almost claim to be younger than his car, but the 1974 vintage Opel powered 11A Mallock Mk14 has certainly never aged in fourth spot on the grid.


As expected Marcel Angel cruised to victory in the opening heat and even managed to copy the Franco Scribante Porsche by lifting both front wheels off the ground under acceleration out of Fastron corner. Gary Kieswetter 43A and Steve Humble 11A competed the podium with Nick Adcock retiring the 5S Ligier with a minor electrical problem. Francis Carruthers fourth in the 69A Pilbeam PM84, Peter van der Spuy fifth in the 6C Juno SS3 and Divan Luzmore sixth in his 99C Nissan 350Z.


The Angel Porsche retired to tye pits early in heat two with a suspected holed piston whilst Nick Adcock and the Ligier improved to 1min11.601 enroute to victory from Steve Humble and Francis Carruthers. Gary Kieswetter making a rare mistake into Fastron corner and the Porsche firmly stuck in the mud. Divan Luzmore fourth, Emile Botha fifth and Peter van der Spuy sixth.


Overall Steve Humble managed to claim victory in the overgrown kart alias Opel Mallock Mk14 with Francis Carruthers second in the Harp Motorsport 69A Pilbeam PM84 and Divan Luzmore an excellent third in the GT Clubsport 99C Nissan 350Z. Peter van der Spuy fourth in the Juno SS3, Eric Salomon fifth in the 23C Elf 23 and a soaking wet Hennie Bosman sixth in his rotary powered Kyokushin-Kan 90D Lotus 7.

 

  • Class A order Steve Humble, Francis Carruthers, Gary Kieswetter
  • Class C order Divan Luzmore, Peter van der Spuy, Eric Salomon
  • Class D Hennie Bosman

Thermo Fires Clubman Saloons 2x8 Laps
Shane Smith put his refreshed Truckport Logistics 30B BMW on pole with 1min27.749 and Juan Farrell shared the front row in his Cape Industrial Flooring 6C VW Golf MkI and it was clear that heat one would she much movement in positions due to the tricky track conditions.


Achmat Achmat posting a 1min22.243 enroute to victory in his Beta Machines 63A BMW 1 and Shane Smith taking a close second in his Truckport 30B BMW. Mansoor Parker making it a BMW podium in third with his Armien Levy Motorsport 58A BMW. Baby Jacobs showed real class by manhandling the big Executive Decisions 42B BMW M5 to fourth spot with Basie Burger fifth in the mighty Italoven 52A VW Golf MkII. The top six completed by Bruce Meyer in his neat Cape Industrial Flooring 84B VW Polo. Francois van Tonder claiming class C from JP Share and Juan Farrell whilst Steven Gouws won class D from Graeme van Rooijen and Ciara van Niekerk. Michael Flynn topped class F with Jan Tischendorf second and in the class X the British Touring Car replica Volvo S40 of Andre van der Merwe certainly made an impression.


Heat two saw Baby Jacobs really knotting his elbows, fighting the Executive Decisions 42B BMW M5 to victory from Bruce Meyer in his Cape Industrial Flooring 84B VW Polo. Making a desperate lunge into Fastron on the final lap the Polo spent some time off circuit but still recovered to finish second. Steven Gouws an excellent third in his Thermo Fires 34D VW Jetta 3. Paul Munnik fourth in a somewhat battered 79B VW Golf MkI. Juan Farrell splashed his way to fifth spot and Basie Burger stayed on track to finish sixth.


Overall it was an elated Baby Jacobs first, Bruce Meyer second, Juan Farrell third, Steven Gouws fourth, Basie Burger fifth and Mansoor Parker sixth.

 

  • Class A Basie Burger, Mansoor Parker, Achmat Achmat
  • Class B Baby Jacobs, Bruce Meyer, Paul Munnik, Willem Swart
  • Class C Juan Farrell, JP Share
  • Class D Steven Gouws, Ciara van Niekerk, Anton Jacobs, Graeme van Rooijen
  • Class F Michael Flynn, Jan Tischendorf    

Formula Libre 2x10 Laps

Byron Mitchell could only manage 1min18.997 but it was still good enough for pole position in his Dolphin Engineering 21S VW Reynard with the similar Dico 20S VW Reynard of Dee-Jay Booysen second and James Beaumont third in the 41A VW Reynard.

Mitchell would manage a 1min12.293 before retiring from the lead, allowing Booysen to win from Beaumont, Haydn Ellwood, Elroy Vice, Zane Amundsen and Ryno Pentz. Just 0.026 seconds separating Vice and Amundsen past the flag.

Heat two slighty more tricky and it was Mitchell recovering to win from Booysen, Beaumont, Pentz, Amundsen and Nico van der Westhuizen.

Overall Dee-Jay Booysen claimed victory over James Beaumont, Ryno Pentz, Haydn Ellwood, Zane Amundsen and Kelly Fletcher.

Pirelli V8 Masters 2x8 Laps

Alister Brown claimed pole on 1min17.255 with Carl Nel sharing the front row in a small ten car field. Nine came out of the pits for heat one but only eight would start as Stuart Spooner managed to clobber the pit wall on exit.

Sean Moore - Ziegler Logistics 73G APV 347is - fended off a determined Rui Campos – Campos Transport 29G APV 347is – to win heat one by 1.898 seconds. A race spoiled when Carl Nel tapped Mark Ridgway into a spin exiting Fastron corner leaving Jason Ibbotson – Autohaus Angel 46G APV 347is - in a safe third from Menno Parson, Gary Thomson and Izak Spies.

Rui Campos proved to be even more determined in heat two, pipping Sean Moore to the flag by 0.246 seconds with Carl Nel in third and Jason Ibbotson fourth. Menno Parsons and Izak Spies completing the top six.

Sean Moore taking overall victory from Rui Campos, Jason Ibbotson, Menno Parsons, Gary Thomson and Izak Spies.

Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge 2x

With top three cars all on the same second much action was expected from the GTi Challenge class A category and with a decent entry in each of the three classes the scene was set for some good racing.

Jurie Swart had the bit between his teeth and really drove the Summit Racing 39A VW Polo 6 as though it was running on rails to eventually cross the line 2.815 seconds ahead of Colin Nicholas-Meder in the International Tube Technology 11A VW Polo 6. Charl Visser looked threatening in third with his Charl Engineering 57A VW Polo 6. Dillon Joubert taking fourth spot in his Powder Coating World 44A VW Polo 6 with Tate Bishop fifth in his Angri Racing Academy 94B VW Jetta and Kyle Wiltshire sixth in his Summit Racing 54B VW Polo 6.

Nian du Toit played with the class C field and had Chase Heroldt attached to his bootlid until the final corner before Chase slipstreamed to a 0.232 victory with Matthew Rowe (Veldt Reared 30C VW Golf) third, Seth van de Abeele (Summit Racing 83C VW Golf) fourth, Raaziegh Harris fifth and Dyland van Eden sixth.

Heat two saw Charl Visser 57A really taking the fight to Jurie Swart and the Summit Racing 39A Polo just beat the Charl Engineering Polo by 0.1010 after eight hard charging laps. Colin Nicholas-Meder 11A third, Nathan Victor 71A fourth, Kai van Zyl 34A fifth and Schalk Geldenhuys 10A sixth.

Tate Bishop 94B and Ian Kapp 65B demonstrated some good clean, extremely close racing, enroute to first and second in class B with Kyle Wiltshire 54B third, Byron Mitchell 22B fourth, Grant Cloete 88B fifth and Zaki Hendricks 7B sixth.

In class C Nian du Toit simply romped into the distance with his NDT Racing 20C Golf with Dylan van Eden 55C second, Ryan van Eden 28C third, Sulaiman Effendi 85C fourth, Chase Heroldt 29C fifth and Seth van de Abeele 83C sixth. Contact in Fastron corner between Heroldt and Harris saw Raaziegh Harris disqualified and Heroldt delayed.

Overall a well deserved win for Jurie Swart with Charl Visser second, Colin Nicholas-Meder third, Dillon Joubert fourth, Tate Bishop fifth and Ian Kapp sixth.

  • Class A Jurie Swart, Charl Visser, Colin Nicholas-Meder, Dillon Joubert, Nathan Victor, Schalk Geldenhuys
  • Class B Tate Bishop, Ian Kapp, Kyle Wiltshire, Byron Mitchell, Grant Cloete, Zaki Hendricks
  • Class C Nian du Toit, Dylan van Eden, Chase Heroldt, Rya van Eden, Sulaiman Effendi, Seth van de Abeele.

Healthy entry in each class and determined racing in each class made this the best car category on the day.


Bridgestone STC 650 and SSP 300 Motorcycles 2x9 laps

Just 0.719 seconds separated Slade van Niekerk (Project Sixty60 Kawasaki ER650) from Tristin Pienaar (KTM Paarl 50 Kawasaki ER650)  after nine laps with Jason Linekar (RST 93 Kawasaki ER650) a distant third. Lance Jonas fourth on his Samurai Racing 83 Yamaha MT07. Connor Hagen fifth and Ryan Coetzee sixth.

Nicholas Hutchings won the SSP300 class convincingly aboard his HSC Racing KTM RC390 with his brother Braddon Hutchings second on a similar machine. Jarryd Butler third aboard his Project Sixty60 Honda CBR500 and lady racer Abigail Bosson fourth aboard her Atega 51 Yamaha R3. Mitch Robinson fifth and Raymond Alexander sixth.

Tyre choice would determine heat two as the race turned dry with many on wets. Tristin Pienaar disappeared into the distance to win by 13.549 seconds. Jason Linekar second, Ryan Coetzee third and a frustrated Slade van Nieker fourth. Billy de Beer 34 fifth and Minky Ndlovu 888 sixth.

Nicholas 72 and Braddon Hutchings 74 led Mitch Robinson 71 home in the SSP300 class with Jarryd Butler 69 fourth, Raymond Alexander 11 fifth and Max Munton 111 sixth.

Overall Tristin Pienaar won from Jason Linekar, Slade van Niekerk, Ryan Coetzee, Billy de Beer and Minky Ndlovu. The SSP 300 category Nicholas Hutchings led Braddon Hutchings, Mitch Robinson, Jarryd Butler, Raymond Alexander and Max Munton.

Strato Technology Clubman – Classic Superbike – Breakfast Run Motorcycles

Another Breakfast Run entry took command with Matthew Deuse winning both heats on his racing debut aboard his 20 Kawasaki ZX10R with Derek Hendricks claiming second overall aboard his 57 Clubman Yamaha R6 and Rey Fiveash third aboard his Cape Office Furniture 88 Suzuki GSXR 750. Nicho Venter forth aboard his very neat 99 Clubman Yamaha R1 with Wayen Gresse fifth on a Tonys Motor Spares 95 Kawasaki ZX10R. Ruan Smit sixth on his 66 Motoflex Kawasaki ZX10R.

Mario Ferreira won the Classic Superbike category overall on his 44 BMW
1100RS.

The next meeting will be the Wingfield Motors Power Series 7 on 3 September 2022.


Published by:  Patrick Vermaak


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