The Midvaal Historics Club Championship provided a brilliant battle throughout all four classes at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas on Saturday, the 3rd of August, 2019.
Deon Van Vuuren (Hoosier/Supa Quick Mazda R100) scored an impressive double-win; claiming the overall Class-D victory ahead of Travis Jensen (SV Tech Datsun 1200) and Brendon Parker (Blitz Motor Spares Datsun GX Coupe). Despite starting in third, Jensen finished Race 1 in fourth (third in class) after an opening-lap off-track excursion which saw him drop down the order to seventh. Jenson finished second in Race 2. Parker, who took a comfortable second place in Race 1, spun off at the entrance to Turn 1 during Race 2 while occupying second place. This promoted Jensen with a recovering Parker finishing in the tenth position on the track (third in class).
In the battle for the Class-E honours, it was Ian Kilburn (Collectible Wheels Datsun GX Coupe) who reigned supreme, winning both races outright and taking home the first-place trophy. Franz Jensen, the runner-up to Kilburn in both races, suffered the same misfortune as his son, Travis, when he too took to the grass on the opening lap of Race 1, demoting him three places. A determined drive, however, saw the patriarch of the Jensen family make up a few places to take the checkered flag in fifth (second in class). Wentzel Nortman (Toyota Corolla), who set the second-fastest lap time in Class-E during Race 1, suffered a puncture on Lap 4 and was forced to the side-lines for the remainder of the race. An unrelated issue saw him not take to the grid for the second race.
Peder Jensen, the sibling to Travis, provided for much entertainment in his Class F Datsun 1200, a rear-wheel driven Japanese icon of the ’70s. Peder, who remained unchallenged in class throughout both races, was eventually caught up in a battle with father, Franz. Leading the reverse-grid second race for a few laps, Peder was eventually passed by the higher horse-powered cars down one of the longest straights in South African motorsport. Peder went on to finish just behind father, Frans, but crucially ahead of fellow Class-F competitor, Riaan Roux (Addfin VW Scirocco).
Class G saw a thrilling contest between Brian Fraser and Chris Williams, who alternated the driving duties in the Rex Diff & Gearbox Ford Anglia in the respective races, the pair of Andries Draper (Auto Classic Ford Escort) and Eugene Gouws (Master Mowers Fiat 124 Sport). A consistent performance by both pilots of the Ford Anglia led to the overall class victory, with Gouws taking the second-place trophy ahead of Draper; the latter’s day somewhat spoilt due to a mechanical issue in Race 1.
The next round of the 2019 Midvaal Historics Club Championship will take place at the popular Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on Saturday, the 7th of September.
Overall results for the day:
Overall: Deon van Vuuren, Travis Jensen, Ian Kilburn
Class D: Deon van Vuuren, Travis Jensen, Brendon Parker
Class E: Ian Kilburn, Franz Jensen, Wentzel Norman
Class F: Riaan Roux, Peder Jensen
Class G: Chris Williams/Brian Fraser, Eugene Gouws, Andries Draper
Report by RacePics.co.za on behalf of Midvaal Historics Club Championship