A chilly spring morning gradually warmed up with some top-class racing in a full and varied Inland and Historic Championship programme at Zwartkops on Saturday, September 7. This also saw the seventh round of the 2019 Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series play out with a host of battles throughout the five classes.
The morning’s Qualifying session saw Zimbabwean Darren Winterboer (Barons Motor Spares BMW E92 M3) take pole position ahead of Rick Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW F30 335i). Stefano Martinelli (Dulacon BMW E90 335i) and reigning champion Paulo Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW F30 335i) shared Row 2 while Sav Gualtieri (ELKSA Competition/ Savspeed Auto BMW E36 M3 Turbo) had championship-leader Andreas Meier (E36 STC) for company on Row 3.
In Race 1 Winterboer followed up his pole position with a commanding win. He was followed home by Rick Loureiro and Stef Martinelli. Class A favourite Paulo Loureiro dropped down the order after contact with another competitor. Andreas Meier (The German BMW E36 STC Car) finished an excellent fourth with Gualtieri next up in fifth place. Johannes Eversteyn (Bavaria 0.0% BMW E46 M3) was a brilliant sixth scything his way through the field after not qualifying due to technical issues.
Class C belonged to Troy Cochran (Arrow Automotive BMW E36 M3) finishing seventh on the road, with Nek Makris (BMW E46 328i Turbo) in eighth place. Renier Smith (BMW E36 M3) completed the Class C podium with a ninth-place finish. The top-ten was rounded out by Jimmy Tsimenoglou (SA Safe Equipment / Big Boss Auto BMW E36 M3). Class D was won by Marais Ellis (Auto Magic Port Elizabeth BMW E36 328i) finishing ahead of Alan Hilligenn (C3 Shared Services BMW E36 328i) and Klippies Krigge (BMW E36 M3). Class E honours went to Carlos Gameiro (Lapace Construction BMW E30 325i) with Colin van Son (Bridgestone BMW E46 325i Touring) as runner up.
Race 1 Results per class:
Class A: Darren Winterboer (1:03.689); Rick Loureiro (1:04.111); Stef Martinelli (1:04.206)
Class B: Andreas Meier (1:07.369); Jan Eversteyn (1:08.211); Mike Grobler (1:12.447)
Class C: Troy Cochran (1:09.757); Nek Makris (1:10.362); Renier Smith (1:11.059)
Class D: Marais Ellis (1:13.501); Alan Hilligenn (1:14.082); Klippies Krige (1:15.106)
Class E: Carlos Gameiro (1:21.293); Colin van Son (1:22.439)
Fastest Lap: Darren Winterboer (1:03.689) in Lap 2
The inverted grid for Heat 2 saw Gualtieri leading the pack off the line followed by Rick Loureiro and Martinelli, but Winterboer had the bit between the teeth and soon enough took the lead. Gualtieri followed him home, with Martinelli third and Rick Loureiro fourth. His brother Paulo completed a wretched day with a retirement after eight of the ten laps with technical maladies.
In Class B Meier had an excellent race-long tussle with Eversteyn; finishing in fifth and sixth places overall respectively. Further back, Mike Grobler (BMW E39 M5) rounded out the Class B podium. Pieter Lombard (SMS Alert BMW E36 M3 GTS) took the hotly contested Class C honours, ahead of Makris and Tsimenoglou. finished in fourth place this time around despite a valiant effort. Krigge won Class D ahead of Hilligenn, with race 1 winner Ellis completing just 1 lap and retiring. This saw Eugene Gouws (Master Mowers BMW E36 M3) completing the podium. Class E was again won by Gameiro with Van Son in second place.
Race 2 Results per class:
Class A: Darren Winterboer (1:04.067); Sav Gualtieri (1:05.232); Stef Martinelli (1:04.995)
Class B: Andreas Meier (1:06.840); Jan Eversteyn (1:07.126); Mike Grobler (1:12.668)
Class C: Pieter Lombard (1:10.314); Nek Makris (1:10.578); Jimmy Tsimenoglou (1:11.928);
Class D: Klippies Krige (1:14.859); Alan Hilligenn (1:14.563); Eugene Gouws (1:17.788)
Class E: Carlos Gameiro (1:20.070); Colin van Son (1:20.670)
Fastest Lap: Darren Winterboer (1:04.067) in Lap 4
The overall standings for the day saw Winterboer take the Class A honours while Meier took the Class B win, boosting his overall championship position still further. Class C went to Troy Cochran while Alan Hilligenn took the Class D honours and Carlos Gameiro did likewise in Class E.
Nek Makris took the coveted Driver of the Day award.
Round 8 of the championship will see the field making their third 2019 visit to the Red Star Raceway outside Delmas on Saturday, October 12.
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