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By: Colin Windell
PORT SHEPSTONE – The level-up lockdown that went with the third wave of Covid gave KwaZulu-Natal opponents time to tinker with their race machines and the turnout at Dezzi Raceway, Oslo Beach at the weekend noticed the return of various opponents, together with a big contingent of Lotus 7 racers from Gauteng.
In the cross-border contest, nevertheless, KZN racers got here up trumps with Chris Wooley in the neat – and really fast – Benneton-coloured automobile taking the struggle to the entrance in the opening warmth the place he led from the entrance however was beneath fixed strain from Byron Oliver.
The hole between the two was a mere 0,5 seconds at the end. Mark Futcher in the JPS Lotus completed third, making it a clear sweep for KZN. Miles Downard flew the flag for Gauteng, ending fifth behind Rob Mordaunt and forward of Juan du Toit.
The frenetic tempo continued in the second warmth and this time it was Byron Oliver who took the chequer first adopted by Mark Futcher, Rob Mordaunt, Chris Wooley and Downard once more being the better of the Gauteng racers, this time main house Benjamin Knights and Huan du Toit.
On two wheels, Blaze Baker dominated the 300 Class on the Optimech Kawasaki, successful each heats from Graigen Nel and Drew Gates.
“The track is quite greasy today,” mentioned Baker, “and my front wheel is sliding on most corners.”
This was borne out by a primary lap crash in the opening warmth when Duncan Day went down and took Llewelyn Puren with him, bringing out the pink flag and necessitating a race restart. Neither rider was injured however it’s the second time the identical pair have been concerned in an accident at the circuit.
Peter St John Ward received the 300 Masters class whereas Arthur Moller received the opening warmth of the Powersports Class from Sandile Mthembu and Sven Christensen – each the latter two dropping out of the second warmth that was received by Llewelyn Puren from Moller and Tai Robinson.
In the mix heats for Super Modified and Modified automobiles, Keegan Sampson (VW Golf) trailed Henk Lombard’s VW Scirocco for one lap earlier than scooting previous in the lead he was to carry to the finish, whereas Lombard bumped into points that noticed him drop nicely again in the area.
Elton Fuchs (VW Golf) completed second total in each heats behind Sampson however that was sufficient to make sure he received the Super Modified class. Pierre Potgieter (VW Golf) rand third total in each encounters to be second on the day in the Modifieds forward of Ronald van Rensburg (VW Golf). Firth in warmth 1 was Dane Thompson (VW Golf) however he lost this spot to Nicole Lombard (VW Scirocco) in the second warmth.
The Super Motard class was as hectic and hard-fought because it all the time is with Hayden Louw having an superior day to win each heats fairly comprehensively from Justin Mathie and Adrian Jansens Ter Laeck with Brett Sharp in fourth place forward of Nick Louw in the first warmth and Craig Dunnington in the second.
A great area of Retro automobiles made the journey from Pietermaritzburg for the day with Greg Steen (Ford Escort) in dominant kind to win each heats from Ollie Broome in the Ford Mustang. And Alistair Webster (Ford Escort).
This class noticed the welcome return of the Rory Nossiter Mini and Reghard Roets making a return to the monitor seated in an Ollie Broome owned Ford Escort – ending fourth total in each heats.
Shaun Joffe and Hayden Louw shared the spoils with one win apiece in the 150 Super Production bikes, whereas Zane Davidson and Drew Gates additionally swopped third locations in the two heats. Garry Robinson received the 150 Masters and Tai Robinson the 150 class with Riley Day and Brody Galvin every notching up a win in the Junior class.
Liaan Smit made the operating in the Formula Extreme bike class, successful each heats from Calvin da Silva in the first and Jonathan Low in the second.
Hopefully by the subsequent race on October 16 spectators will probably be allowed.