The Greek Challenge Returns

Saturday 13 September 2014 the 100th Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana will see a capacity entry return to the iconic venue where the championship originated 24 July 1999. Peter Degens taking victory in his Opel 2.1 powered Lotus 7 and then Werner Koekemoer added two consecutive victories in his Inca Bricks Supercar.

A brief absence from the calender saw the arrival of the Mykonos Casino and a new dual format route which set the standard for all future Gymkhana events. Identical in layout competing crews could now challenge both the Jayen Timer and opposing crew and this truly set Club Mykonos apart from any other venue. Twenty events took place in the duel route format before the event again dropped off the calender with the 24th Club Mykonos Gymkhana on 31 October 2009.

The Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana retained its popularity through thick and thin and now the 100th event will have everyone return to the “home” of the Gymkhana Championship on the Cape West Coast. Becoming a King of Mykonos is unrivalled as winning the overall gymkhana championship does not carry more status than the yellow crown on the window of the winning car.

Mike Nathan is the undisputed King of Mykonos with no less than six outright victories as driver and one as navigator and chances are that the dominant blue Mazda Rustler LDV will be present to challenge “Vinnige” Fanie du Toit in a similar looking red FM Civils Mazda Rustler LDV. Fanie du Toit won the 2012 Championship and holds a slender two point lead over Brent Laurings going into round six of eight. Does he throw caution to the wind and challenge for the title of 25th King of Mykonos?

Izak van Zyl Jnr sports four championship titles as driver of the Dynotech class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 Turbo and also won Mykonos 22 and 23, but at the time of writing the unique Golf was still minus engine. Brent Laurings can be considered the underdog in his 1984 class A Opel Kadett GTE and despite the fact that the Opel ranks as one of the oldest competing vehicles he has been incredibly competitive and has his sights set on the 2014 championship.

No less than seven cars are entered by Gauteng based drivers and this will be their first visit to the West Coast. Rather fittingly Androniki Pouris will also be the very first Greek driver to participate in the event with her BMW 125i Turbo. Heading the Gauteng challengers will be Anton Wannenburg in a monster 300kW Subaru STi 2.5 Turbo 4x4 and though a Scooby have only succeeded once before this combination could well spoil the day for the Capetonians. André Hartman has a brilliant reputation in his attractive BMW Z4M Coupé and though he might not be able to challenge for overall victory he will undoubtedly prove extremely popular with the spectators.

However, nobody comes close to The Mayor, Werner Koekemoer, and he will be returning to hs favourite playground armed with a 280kW twin turbo 330i powered BMW 135i. Originally intended as a rally challenger the car now sports all the required ingredients to be even more spectacular than his former M3 powered E36 BMW 328i. Add the unique V8 Lexus powered 1987 Toyota Corolla of Izak van Zyl Jnr and the scene is set for a fitting conclusion to an era of Gymkhana.

UNIREF joins Club Mykonos Resort Langebaan in presenting the 25th Club Mykonos Gymkhana Langebaan and the action starts at 09h00 and will be finishing 18h00 on Saturday 13 September 2014.

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