Rafique - Adds 6

Saturday 16 November 2019 saw a double header Gymkhana close the 2019 Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana Championship at the Killarney International Raceway. Seventeen scoring teams entered the 5th Wheel Tech Gymkhana in howling Cape Doctor conditions.

Rafique Firfirey and Abdul Sayed again dominant in the Firfirey Motor Holdings class G Mini Cooper S Turbo 1.6 but this time they were under constant pressure and very nearly beaten. In fact the podium positions possibly represent the tightest ever result in 137 Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana events.

Leon Engelbrecht and Izak van Zyl Jnr dug deep and started to draw level with the Mini and the L&M Automotive performance class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v Turbo was pushed hard on the final run to finish just 0.05 seconds shy of the Mini after four very entertaining runs.

Kyle van Dyk and Marcel van der Walt joined in the atmosphere of the day by realyy getting serious about driving slower to post faster times and though they dropped to third overall the Tuned2Race class E Nissan 350Z was just 0.61 seconds behind the overall winners.

Sean Pretorius and Marco dos Santos also stepped up the pace in the monster Powerbrake class G Subaru N14 STi 2.5 Turbo AWD and fourth overall made it clear that somewhere in 2020 there might just be a second overall victory for a Subaru in waiting.

Anton Smit and Natasha de Jager a mighty fifth overall in their Navara Junior class F Datsun LDV powered by a 1600 Toyota engine. Truly a fantastic effort from this popular combination in 2019 and they simply mature with time.

Sixth overall something of a surprise to the Most Spectacular Driver of the Day, Izak van Zyl Jnr, and Mike Mathee in the awesomely impressive 4.0 V8 Twin Turbo Lexus powered class G Toyota Corolla. They actually tried chasing good times in this very Slideways car and given this result they could actually consider being competitive – but why?

Jan van der Vyver and AJ Beukes added a splendid seventh position overall in the Race-Tech class D VW Golf Citi MkI 1.4i. Abdul Sayed and Leon Engelbrecht enjoyed a good run in the JTC Auto Tools class D Toyota Tazz 1.3 and 8th overall was really commendable.

Marco dos Santos and Cimberley dos Santos brought the black class G Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.5 Turbo AWD home in ninth spot having found a little better rhythm. The top ten completed by Barend Haasbroek and Jonelle Reynolds in their impressive DRS Aotoworx class G Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.5 Turbo AWD.

André Smit and Natasha de Jager improved to eleventh overall in their DRS Autoworx class C VW Golf Citi MkI 1.6 with Johann Zulch and Tania Vermaak in the Ceres Toyota assisted class E BMW E30 325iM dropping back to twelfth overall. The only all ladies crew entered, Nadia Singh and Fatiema Gabier, a fine thirteenth overall in their ultra rare Spec C Subaru Impreza STi 2.0 Turbo AWD. This is one of just 300 cars in this specific series and the only one of it’s kind in South Africa.

Nasmie Majiet and Abbas Sabley topped the newcomers in fourteenth spot overall with their class G VW Polo Turbo 1.8 with Ijaaz Sayed and Amaan Vally fifteenth in the class F Nissan Champ 1.4 LDV. Byron Hite and Tania Vermaak gave their level best in the completely standard class D Toyota Tazz 1.3 sixteenth overall was rewarding.

Joshua Mouton and Andrew Odendaal finally discovered their mistak and not only did they manage to record their first finish, they actually won their class too. 17th Overall in the class B VW Golf MkII 1.8 certainly had their respective Mom’s feeling very happy..

Sean Pretorius again nailed the single seater category in his Powerbrake Subaru N14 STi 2.5 Turbo AWD with Jan van der Vyver second in his Race-Tech VW Golf Citi MkI 1.4i.

Weather conditions were testing, to put it mildly, but everyone present still enjoyed the double header event and the celebrations afterwards in the WPMC Main Clubhouse made it clear that the first season of WBMK Gymkhana events at Killarney International Raceway had set the foundation for a successful future for the sport.

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