Rafique pips Fanie in Wolseley!

Going down to the final run have become customary on the Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana Championship and the 6th Sir Garnet Gymkhana Wolseley did not disappoint with an entertaining tussle for overall victory resulting in another very close finish.

Rafique Firfirey had Carel Bosch in the suicide seat of the AHI Racing class G Mini Cooper S Turbo 1.6 and with a brand new set of gumball tyres and the eagle eye of Leon Engelbrecht present to keep it running properly they certainly made their intentions clear every time they faced the Jayen robot.

Fanie and Zak du Toit dug deep in the FM Civils class A Mazda Rustler LDV 2.0 16v and they proved to be the Most Spectacular of the day by realyy flinging the little LDV around the WBMK bollards. Running consitently quick times they almost had victory sealed when they posted a brilliant final time, only to red flag as they slid across the finish line.

Rafique and Carel had already posted the Fastest time of the Day and doubted their second best time to be good enough. The rare error by the du Toit father and son combination allowing the Mini duo to claim overall victory after a thrilling duel in the rather fresh sunny Boland weather conditions.

Francois le Roux and his Sir Garnet Hotel staff certainly made everyone feel welcome and the local SAP led by Sgt Bester provided magnificent support in the background. The local Ama Wolseley Marimba band a surprise and unique bonus as they certainly provided very enetertaining renditions of Shakira and Katie perry numbers on their interesting instruments.

More interest was created by the presence of Dieter Dolinschek and friends in their attractive array of Lotus 7 cars as well as the beautifull Ford GT40 6.5 V8. Chances are we might see some of these accept the gymkhana challenge on 10 September when the series head for Vredendal and the 12th Lions Gymkhana.

Jacques and Pierre du Plessis shared the class B Du Plessis Auto Toyota Conquest 1.8 16v for the day and almost became spectators when Pierre and Wynand du Plessis uprooted a Solomon Street kerbstone. A quick lower control arm change really motivating Jacques and Pierre to recover to a fine third overall position with a sterling final run.

Francois Mostert and Marius Ellis hung onto third in their class A Opel Astra 200CD and added the Most Consistent Driver of the Day title to another really impressive outing in the neat Opel.

Walter van Dyk and Pierre du Plessis lost a potential good time when they broke a CV on the class G VW Golf MkI 2.0 16v Turbo and had to accept fifth overall for the day. A great relief to the Stoor rankings as for once the Golf did not succeed in beating the du Plessis Conquest!

The ever consistent combination of Morné Roux and sister, Liezel Oosthuizen, achieved a mighty sixth overall after some seriously impressive driving. Veterans of the sport, their neat style continues to impress at every event.

Dewald van der Merwe (Skoonpa) had Leon Engelbrecht (Dominee) calling the notes but somehow the combination simply could not find the pace expected and the Dynotech class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v Turbo was restricted to seventh overall. Izak van Zyl Jnr was busy wowing the drifting crowds at Killarney where he did very well in his V8 Lexus powered Toyota Corolla rwd.

Pierre and Wynand du Plessis somewhat disappointed by their eighth overall in the Du Plessis Auto class B Toyota Conquest 1.8 16v, but with the next event being the 9th Du Plessis Auto Gymkhana Ceres on Saturday 20 August 2016 this combination may well still prove to be the surprise on the day.

Anton Smit and Tania Vermaak also found the going tough in the Trysome class F Datsun LDV as the freshly rebuilt Toyota 1600 engine was simply not delivereing the expected performance and much more can be expected from this little red rocket in Ceres. Main opposition, Kobus Wilson Jnr and Werner McDonald, present as spectators at Wolseley and ruing a missed opportunity.

Tenth overall did not refelct the impression made by Marius Ellis and Francois Mostert in the neat class A Opel Kadett GSi. Having finally determined that this car hails from Citrusdal it was Marius that surprised as the Best performance of the Day when he posted a faster time than Francois for the day.

Johann Zulch and Tania Vermaak place the Ceres Toyota supported class E E30 BMW 325iM eleventh. Possibly the fact that even Johann was wearing shoes added too much weight to the already heavy Beemer?

Liezel Oosthuizen and Tania Vermaak enjoyed the standard Toyota Yaris 1.3 so much they entered it in both classses D and I and managed to finish 12th and 13th overall with some consistent times to match.

Hilton Africa and Brandon Freeman continue to improve in their Willie’s Service Centre / Access Auto class C VW Fox 1.6 and added fourteenth overall.

Tania Vermaak and Liezel Oosthuizen enjoyed a good outin in the standard VW Golf Citi Sport 1.4i and despite not having power steering they managed a fighting 15th overall and proved extremely consistent on times.

The single seater category dominated by Dewald van der Merwe in the Dynotech VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v Turbo and Dewald was at a loss to explain why he proved to be so much quicker by himself. Brandon Freeman bringing the Willie’s Service Centre / Access Auto VW Fox 1.6 home in second spot.

Fortune did not smile upon the Ceres TT V8 of Tony and Bertie van Heerden on this occasion as the impressive Twin Turbo V8 4.0 Lexus powered Pipe-Car had to be withdrawn after Bertie had attempted to move the Solomon Street pavement. Instead, his efforts left Tony disappointed at not being able to continue and the differential almost as broken as the very broken rim.

Leon Engelbrecht and Rafique Firfirey also had the most docile AHI Racing Mini present, but the wry smiles clearly indicated that the cabriolet supercharged version had seen contact with the magic wand and it certainly looked impressive until the unexpecting CV broke. With no spare present the dark blue Mini had to be withdrawn.

Chilly conditions made it challenging for the Start and Finish marshals to endure the outdoors for the day and Dewald and Meghan Nortjé certainly deserved the gratitude of all the competitors. André Brinkman and Hennie Hoffmeyer the Judges of Fact.  Pierre van der Westhuizen the Clerk of the Course and Robert Marle the MSA Steward. There is no truth in the rumour that they neither left the confines of the hotel all day! To Francois le Roux and his Sir Garnet Hotel staff a great big thank you and so too to Sgt Bester and his Neighbourhood Guards.

The 9th Du Plessis Auto Gymkhana Ceres follows on Saturday 20 August 2016.