5th Biesiepol Vastrap at Weskus Mall

Come and witness the 5th “Biesiepol Vastrap” in front or rear wheel drive format during the 5th edition of the Weskus Mall Gymkhana in Vredenburg, on the Cape West Coast, this coming Saturday 9 March 2013. Round two of the popular Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana Series rather unique in many ways. Much like our best known motorsport personality you either hate this venue or find yourself addicted to the challenge the “biesiepol” riddled layout presents.

When the management of the Weskus Mall has Vula Landscapers trim these “Biesiepolle” to an exact height and size it becomes apparent that they form an integral part of the “visvoet” experience and simply has to be seen to be believed.

Izak van Zyl Jnr and Danye Louw had the opposition sit up and take note when they won the 1st Killarney Gymkhana in very non-turbo conditions in the Dynotech VW Golf MkII GTI 2.0 Turbo. The fact that all three teams on the podium were separated by less than 0.8 seconds after four runs some indication of the determination with which teams are approaching 2013.

Fanie du Toit and Kobus Wilson Jnr played their cards perfectly in 2012, taking a well deserved overall championship and showing that the Dynotech Golf can be beaten to the title. Business pressure almost put paid to their title defense and a broken CV saw them on the back foot at Killarney in the FM Civils Mazda Rustler LDV 2.0 16v. These two have overcome major hurdles in the past and they will almost certainly be fighting for top honours in Vredenburg.

Anton Smit and Gavin Parsons finally made it onto the podium after six seasons of hard charging. There can be little doubt that the brilliant second place and at Killarney will see this popular Van Rhynsdorp combination trying hard in their class F Innovative Woodworks Nissan LDV 1600. Anton also awarded the coveted Fix-a-Smash award as Driver of the Day.

Kobus Wilson Jnr and Jean-Pierre Robberts made history at Killarney when they became the second class F car on the podium with their ex-Herman Mathee Datsun GX Sedan 1400. Positively shocking the opposition by blitzing the first run in what was a very new car to them had the opposition thoroughly rattled before the little car could be placed under pressure. Nobody have ever doubted the talent of Kobus Wilson Jnr as a driver but to see him this strong, this early has the opposition seriously concerned.

Another who certainly caught the attention was Johann “Oupa” Zulch and Tania Vermaak in the Ceres Toyota class E E30 BMW 325iM. Using his vast rallying experience Johann and Tania found themselves in an incredible third overall position after the first run at Killarney whilst the other floundered on the tricky route. An eventual 11th overall for the Beemer still worthy of praise and as a former Vredenburger, Tania would like nothing better than to repeat the feat in front of her “home” supporters.

Leon Engelbrecht and Marius Swart made a welcome return to the series in the orange class A Eikestad Plastic Repairs VW Golf MkI 2.0 and though they were somewhat out of practice the results certainly showed that they still have the desire to take on anyone. Do not be surprised if this car develops power steering soon and they have experience of the Vredenburg course.

Günther and Louise Appelgryn did not enjoy a good opener in their green Spiderman class B VW Golf MkI 1800 but new CV’s will undoubtedly see the popular Brackenfell couple challenge for podium positions come Weskus Mall.

However, if anyone could surprise it has to be the yellow 1984 class A Opel Kadett GTE 2.0 of Brent Laurings and Duncan Andrews. The Bothasig driver set the fastest outright time of the day at Killarney, won the single seater category with a time which would have seen him finish second overall, but failed to reach the podium. Possibly the oldest and most unlikely challenger for top honours but Brent have proven that the many years of development have produced a brilliant car, driver and navigator combination and they must start the event as the “people’s” choice for overall victory.

Nashrené Schloss and Louise Appelgryn had the men cringe during the wet Weskus Mall Gymkhana and the popular green Toyota Corolla Sprinter 180i will enjoy the close attention of everyone Saturday as these ladies are seriously challenging for an overall victory. Minute in build Nashrené has a big heart behind the wheel of her Duncan Jepthas prepared Toyota and is always a pleasure to watch in action.

Ettiene and Magda Swart made their return to the sport as a couple and the Cape Fire and Aircon class D VW Golf MkI Chico 1440 initially showed signs of a season in hibernation before returning to good form. The car was also shared by Izak van Zyl Jnr and Danye Louw and they quickly stamped their authority on the category.

Jan van der Vyver had Mike Mathee as navigator in the absence of Björn Venter and the new combination was somewhat erratic with many a bollard suffering the consequences of the Race-Tech class D VW Golf Chico 1.4i being somewhat “loose”.

Morné “Mr Consistent” Roux and Monica Robbertse everything but their regular consistency in a “new” class C Mazda 323 160i. Clearly still learning new car they were getting faster with each run but certainly not where we have grown accustomed to. Watch this car and crew grow with each event and of course – there is a blue class A VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 up for sale too!

The ideal car for Weskus Mall has to be the very economical three wheeling class D Mini Clubman 1275 shared by Ruan Reynders and Nico Vermeulen. Entertaining to watch this little car rarely needs to slow for any corners and rarely has all four wheels on the ground. In complete contrast Ruan Reynders and Nico Vermeulen also enter their awesome Chevrolet Lumina SS and the rolling thunder produced by this car will be appreciated by all.

Moorreesburg ace, Danye Louw, will hopefully have the services of his regular navigator, Jacques du Plessis, this weekend and the HH Wellington class C Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 will undoubtedly be a firm favourite with the crowd. Jacques and Lesley du Plessis became proud parents of a son shortly before Killarney and are super keen to return to the series. Jacques have built an Auris 2.0 powered Toyota Conquest and this car could well be all that he requires to challenge for overall titles. Danye Louw set to navigate the new vehicle to success.

Pierre du Plessis is said to have acquired the older class C Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6 and it will be great to see the elder du Plessis brother join the Gymkhana Series. Jean-Pierre Robberts and Kobus Wilson Jnr contested Killarney with a car that was completed hours before the start and the class A Opel Kadett GSi 2.0 is considered to be a serious challenger in 2013.

Illustrating why the Gymkhana format of motorsport have become such a popular family sport the senior citizens of class G will once again be facing off in what have become known as the Old Timers Challenge. Soon to be grandfathers, Dewald van der Merwe (father of Jolanda) and Izak van Zyl Snr (father of multiple champion Izak), will once again square off in the Dynotech VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 Turbo. Thankfully, Jolanda is expecting that grandchild, so they no longer have to fear getting beaten by the daughter, it’s simply their individual pride at stake!

Kobus and Lizelle Smit fortunately have a much better relationship as father and daughter in the KS Panelbeaters class E BMW E30 325i than they have with the dreaded Vredenburg “biesiepolle”. Kobus really dislikes the “everything looks the same from any angle” route but is a big enough sportman to accept the challenge.

Deon and Maralize Conradie another combination who at times struggle to keep the rapid class E Flat Four Racing VW Buggy 2.3 on the correct route, but the couple have certainly become popular at every venue and they will be determined to slot in a good result.

Angie Swart and Tania Vermaak were a new combination in the all ladies category in their Ford Fiesta ST 1.6 and it was also first time out for Monica Robbertse and Jacolien Hough (Mazda 323 16oI) as well as Magda Swart and Jacolien Hough (Cape Fire and Aircon VW Golf MkI Chico 1440).

Rishay Moodley and Lavehn Govender proved entertaining at Killarney in their Fix-a-Smash class F BMW E30 318i and they look set to join the series for 2013. Keeping the tail happy Beemer pointing in the right direction could prove challenging at Weskus Mall, but worth watching! It is hoped that Anton van den Berg (Suzuki LTR 450 Quad) and Mustapha Enus (Shifter 125 Kart) will also be making the trip to Vredenburg.   

Behind the scenes Pierre van der Westhuizen will lead the team as Clerk of the Course with Howard Daniëls representing Motorsport South Africa as the appointed Steward and Environmental Officer. Anette Vermaak – Meghan Nortjé and Monique Ramshaw will see to matters documentation whilst Scrutineering will be completed by Uwe Pey and Herman Mathee. Commentary will be led by Marius Bester whilst Judges of Fact duties will see Schalk van der Merwe and Stino Baard hard at work. As always the very dedicated combination of Dewald and Meghan Nortjé will control the Start and Finish of each run whilst Pit Bull, André Brinkman, will have assistance from Jacques Janse van Rensburg.

Danie Burger have proven an valuable asset behind the scene as organiser for the Vredenburg events and his prowess as the man behind the video camera needs no introduction. His efforts ably assisted by Jannie Slabbert. Expect both Dieter Pey and Leatitia Bester to be present as photographers.

Action starts at 09h00 and each crew set to contest four runs before finishing the day near 17h00.