Quintin van Jaarsveld
Super showings highlighted the second round of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.
A total of 140 speedsters touched down on the Oslo Beach track, where spectators were treated to some exceptional racing.
Mike McLoughlin broke the Dezzi lap record with a 1:12.2s in his Backdraft Cobra during qualifying. He, however, was not so lucky in the first race and had to retire with a broken side shaft. His team climbed into action, repaired the car and had him back out on track for the second race.
There was good numbers in the Modifieds Class with 36 cars on the grid, which produced a magnificent show for the spectators.
The 300 Class was once again well supported and Malcolm Rudman, Nikolai Conci and Blaze Baker had a fantastic tussle up front, fighting for the top podium step.
The Retro Class was well represented again with 21 cars on the grid with Meredith Willis leading both races and showing the men and women how it’s done.
The Formula Extreme A Class had a better turnout this round and there was some great racing up front. In the first heat, Baker had a nasty high-side coming out of turn 1 and was unable to re-join the race.
The incident, replayed on video, showed that he nearly saved the high-side but unfortunately he went down, ending up on the grass near turn 2. Luckily, he was not badly injured. Like McLoughlin, his team was put to the task and were able to get him back out on track for the second heat.
The victorious drivers were Lawrence Smith (Super GT), Byron Olivier (Sports), Meredith Willis (Retro), Tim Kinsey (Time Challenge), Adrian Dalton (Modified A), Hank Lombard (Modified B), Gary Brown (Modified C) and Elton Fuchs (Super Modified).
The bike winners were Rudman (300cc and Formula Extreme A), Shaun du Preez (300cc Masters), Stanley Ndlela (Formula Extreme B), Karl Etzel (150cc), Sanjiv Singh (150cc Masters), Llewelyn Puren (Powersports), Hein Etzel (Supermotard), Justin Mathie (Supermotard Masters), Riley Nadauld (Juniors) and Riley Day (Mini GP).
“We had another great turnout and the weather was perfect for racing,” club chairman Puren told eHowzit.
“The Supermotard Class, in particular, was also a great spectacle to watch, with Hein Etzel leading the pack and producing a huge fastest lap of 1:14.9s…something of superhuman stuff!
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in making our day a great success. We would also like to thank Clinton Massey-Hicks and Carshop.co.za for their contribution as the sponsor to Kuluma TV, which will give us televised coverage of our events on Ignition TV for the rest of the season.
“Thanks to Jani van Jaarsveld and her team from Natal Recovery for the sponsorship of the rollback, helping with recoveries on track and making our day run more smoothly, and a big thanks to the entire KZNRRC team for putting on a great event.”
Round Three of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship will take place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on 18 May.
For more information about the club and their events, visit www.KZNRRC.co.za.
Photos by Graham Montanari, sponsored by Dubcorp