Pre-90 Sports & GT

Race Report for Round 3 of the Historic Tour on 3 June 2017 at Red Star Raceway

The third round of the 2017 Historic Tour took place at the Red Star Raceway on Saturday 3 June. An exciting race day would once again see a few more new entrants join the ranks of this popular tour.

Charlies SuperSpar Historic Pursuit Racing

The days racing was kicked off by the Charlies SuperSpar Historic Pursuit Racing. Once again the pursuers delivered exciting racing throughout the field. Johan Swanepoel (1971 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe) would take the win in the first race followed by season newcomer Richard Tudor-Owen (1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E). A gutsy performance saw Henk de Klerk (1993 Honda Civic) take third.

The second race would however see a completely different result as the win was taken this time by Darrell Cramer (1972 Mercedes-Benz 280E). A satisfying second place went to Stan Stacey (1982 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.5) and Andre Hattingh (1983 Mercedes-Benz 190E) would take third.

Overall results for the day:

  1. Johan Swanepoel (T), 2. Werner Hartzenberg (T) and 3. Frans Venter (F)

Over all Classification – Fine Cars (F):

  1. Frans Venter, 2. Henk de Klerk and 3. Andre Hattingh

Over all Classification – Trophy Cars (T):

  1. Johan Swanepoel, 2. Werner Hartzenberg and 3. Darrell Cramer

Metal Used Alfa Trofeo Challenge

The past weekend did not go well for quite a few competitors. Considering there were 11 entries on Friday and only 3 finished the last race on Saturday. A weekend of high attrition for the Alfisti. On a more positive note was the great support from the Alfa Romeo Club of South Africa on the day. They came through to support the racers and then joined in a braai afterwards. Confirmation that the Alfa passion is alive and well in South Africa!

Friday practice would see Keagan Pottas run a bearing on his Advanced Integrated Pest Management 1980 Alfa Romeo GTV. Bjorn Gebert would also pick up mechanical issues in Friday practice on his FAS 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6. With a backup plan materialising by grace he would compete in the borrowed GTV6 from Glenwood Motors. In qualifying the gearbox on Mario Rossi’s FAS 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT gave up on him as well.

Race 1 would see 9 cars line up on grid. From the start it would be Bjorn Gebert (Alfa Romeo GTV6) taking an early lead to never look back again until taking the chequered flag for the win. After a hard fought battle for second Miguel Ribiero (Metal Used Spares Alfa Romeo GTAM) would get the better of Colin Ellison (Scuderia Ellison Alfa Romeo Gt Junior) in third. The international guest Greg Thornton (Scuderia Ellison 1970 Alfa Romeo GTAM) would post the quickest laptime in class A to catch up to the duelling pair in front only to run out of laps to become part of the second place challenge. Rynhard Grabe (1984 Alfa Romeo Sprint) would however retire with a collapsed shock before even completing a full lap. Christopher Tarboton (1972 Alfa Romeo Berlina) would also retire after completing 5 laps. Another great challenge erupted between Jose de Carvalho (PowerMods 1993 Alfa Romeo 155) and Henry Fourie (Alfa Romeo Berlina) only to see Fourie retire on the final lap next to the track also with gremlins showing up. Cuan Helen (1972 Alfa Romeo Junior) unfortunately also had to retire his car after completing only 2 laps.

The second race for the day would see only six cars make it to the grid. Gebert repeated his first race performance taking the win once again followed by Greg Thornton (Alfa Romeo GTAM) and Jose de Carvalho (Alfa Romeo 155) in third. Ellison would retire after completing only 3 laps. Fourie again had to retire next to the track, but this time with an electrical issue. Tarboton pulled into the pits before completing the first lap due to a burnt valve and this time round Grabe’s brakes failed on lap four to put him out of contention. Ribeiro did not start the race due to a busted windscreen from another race.

Overall Results for the day:

  1. Bjorn Gebert (A+)
  2. Greg Thornton (A)
  3. Jose De Carvalho (B)
  4. Colin Ellison (A)
  5. Henry Fourie (B)

Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes ABCDE

A myriad of beautiful Porsches would line up on the grid behind the Chevron B19 of international guest Greg Thornton for the first combined race of the Pre-90 Sports & GT and Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes A to E. From the start it would be Thornton to take the lead into turn 1. Peter Jenkins (Porsche 911 RSR) slotted into second chasing after Thornton followed by Peter Bailey (Porsche 911), George Avvakoumides (Porsche 911 RSR) and Fred Konig (Porsche 911 RSR). Paige Lindenberg (1968 Ford Fairlane) took the lead for the saloon cars and held onto the lead up to the last lap when she had to retire without brakes. Thornton fell back to third on the first lap which saw Jenkins and Bailey taking the lead. Thornton would retake the lead a lap later and not look back again. Behind Lindenberg a battle of epic proportions erupted between Miguel Ribiero (Alfa Romeo GTAM), Gerhard Henning (VW Scirocco) and Jannie van Rooyen (VW Scirocco). When the flag dropped it would be Thornton in first followed by Jenkins and Bailey in third. Henning would take his first win in class D and Neil Lobb (Fiat 131) the win in class E. Dewald Nel (Datsun 1600J) took the win in the Classic Thoroughbreds class E.

The second race would see Thornton take another comfortable win. Second over the line this time was Wynand van der Merwe (Porsche RSR) who had to start from the back of the grid after missing the first race. This after Jenkins retired from second 5 laps into the race. Third to cross the line was Avvakoumides after a long days battle with Konig that simply never gave up. After a hard fought battle Henning took his second win for the day in class D. Lob would once again take the win in class E. Nel also got the double win in the Classic Thoroughbreds class E.

Overall results for the day:

Class Pre90 A: 1. Greg Thornton, 2. Peter Jenkins, 3. Wynand van der Merwe

Class Pre90 C: 1. Peter Bailey, 2. George Avvakoumides and 3. Fred Konig

Class Pre90 E: 1. Fritz Kleynhans

Class Pre80 D: 1. Gerhard Henning, 2. Jannie van Rooyen and 3. Johann Smith

Class Pre80 E: 1. Neil Lobb 2. Rene van Rensburg and 3. Frank Davis

Class CTE: 1. Dewald Nel

Investchem Formula Ford Kent

In the opening Investchem Formula Ford Kent race David Jermy (Jacquet Racing van Diemen) grabbed the lead from pole position and was able to hold off Dean Venter (DESCO SA / Maniyou Group Swift) to take a hard-fought victory. Defending champion Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) was just behind them in third. An off-track excursion early in the second race ruined Jermy’s chances of taking a double win, leaving Horne and Venter to fight it out at the head of the field. Horne’s engine lost power with a couple of laps to go, allowing Venter through for the win. Horne nursed his car home to second ahead of Jeff Gable (Jacquet Racing van Diemen).

Sabat Lotus Challenge

The Sabat Lotus Challenge provided for some great entertaining races on the day as well. The first race win would come from the turbo Birkin 7 Nissan driven by Neil de Later. He was followed across the line by the second turbo Birkin 7 Nissan of Anton Muller. Third across the line and winning class B was Jeffrey Kruger (Birkin 7 – Toyota). Mackie Adlem (Locost Rocam) took the win in class L.

In the second race Muller got the better of de Later taking a hard fought and deserving win. Kruger will once again cross the line in third overall and his second class B win for the day. A consistent performance by Adlem would also see him take the double in class L on the day.

Overall results for the day:

Class T: 1. Neil de Later and 2. Anton Muller

Class B: 1. Jeffrey Kruger, 2. Rob Gearing and 3. Jeff Gable

Class C: Len Marshall

Class L: 1. Mackie Adlam, 2. Johan Viviers and 3. Juan du Toit

Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes FGH

Some of the closest racing took place in the two Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes F to H combined with the Classic Thoroughbreds class F. In a hard fought battle Deon van Vuuren (Ford Escort Mk1) took the win in class F followed closely by Jan Jacobs (Alfa Romeo GT Junior) in second and Djurk Venter (Ford Escort) crossing the line in third. Marco Verwey (Datsun 1200 GX) took the win in class G and Arthur Eggar (Renault R8) the class H win. Season newcomer Stewart McLarty (Mazda 323) won his debut race in the Classic Thoroughbreds.

Another epic battle would see Dave Leyshon (VW Scirocco) pip Van Vuuren to the line for the win with but 0.046 of a second separating the pair across the line! Kyle Murray                    (Nissan Sentra) who had to retire from the first race with mechanical issues would cross the line in third overall and winning the second Classic Thoroughbreds overall after starting from the back of the grid. This time round Harry Lombard (VW Beetle) got the better of Verwey to take the class G win. Eggar repeated his first race performance taking his second win for the day in class H.

Overall results for the day:

Class F: 1. Deon van Vuuren, 2. Dave Leyshon and 3. Djurk Venter

Class G: 1. Marco Verwey, 2. Harry Lombard and 3. Fanie Kloppers

Class H: 1. Arthur Eggar and 2. Steven Neofitou

Class CTF: 1. Stewart McLarty, 2. Colin Green and 3. Kyle Murray

Class CTG: Stan Stacey

Hamptons Historic Endurance Series

Starting the race Peter Jenkins (Porsche 911 RSR) took an early lead in the day’s premier race of the Hamptons 1 Hour Endurance Race. Poleman Greg Thornton (Chevron B19) slotted into second followed by Fritz Kleynhans (Porsche 911) in third. Ben Knights (Locost Rocam) took the lead in the Lotus class with Jeff Gable (Birkin 7 Toyota) and Mackie Adlem (Locost Rocam) in toe. Hubi von Moltke (Mercedes-Benz 280CE) would take the initial lead of the saloon cars. Unfortunately after their first pit stop and driver change would see Colin Ellison retire the Chevron next to the track after completing only two laps. Jenkins would go on to win the overall race ahead of Kleynhans in second and Dewald Nel (Datsun 1600J) taking a well-deserved third.

Gable would pass Knights for the lead on the first lap in the Lotus class and not look back again to take the win ahead of David Jermy (Birkin 7 Toyota) leaving Knights finishing in third. Index of performance however went to Knights in the Lotus class. Djurk Venter (Ford Escort) won the coveted Index of Performance in the saloon car class.

Overall results for the day:

Historic Cars:

  1. Peter Jenkins (Pre90 A)
  2. Fritz Kleynhans (Pre90 E)
  3. Dewald Nel (Pre80 F)
 

Lotus Cars:

  1. Jeff Gable (Class B)
  2. David Jermy (Class B)
  3. Ben Knights (Class L)

Index of Performance (Saloons)

  1. Djurk Venter (Pre80 H)
  2. Hubi von Moltke (Pre80 F)
  3. Harry Lombard (Pre80 G)
 

Index of Performance (Lotus)

  1. Ben Knights (Class L)
  2. Jeff Gable (Class B)
  3. David Jermy (Class B)

The next round will see the Historic Tour visit the coastal town of Port Shepstone and the Dezzi Raceway on the 5th of August for round 4 of the championship.

Photographs

Charlies SuperSpar Historic Pursuit Racing
Charlies SuperSpar Historic Pursuit Racing
Metal Used Alfa Trofeo Challenge
Metal Used Alfa Trofeo Challenge
Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes ABCDE
Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes ABCDE
Pre-90 Sports & GT
Pre-90 Sports & GT
 
Investchem Formula Ford Kent
Investchem Formula Ford Kent
Sabat Lotus Challenge
Sabat Lotus Challenge
 
Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes FGH
Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes FGH
 
Classic Thoroughbreds class F
Classic Thoroughbreds class F
Hamptons Historic Endurance Series
Hamptons Historic Endurance Series
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