W.P.M.C. regional racing, Round 2: Race Report

A great turnout of entries were to be seen at Killarney in the second round of the W.P.M.C. regional championship.  Conditions were perfect, with cool, cloudy conditions greeting competitors and fans, although misty conditions did make it tricky for competitors at some stages...


Dave Kopke (Mazda R100 – Class A) made a welcome return to  the Mutlu Batteries/Execuline Classic Car class, leading from start to finish, despite Chris Carolin’s (Mazda Capella – Class S) best intentions, resulting in a spin at the exit of Engen Corner.  Peter Lindenberg (Ford Capri Perana) finished as runner-up, keeping a recovering Carolin at bay, with Charles Arton (Ford Capri Perana – Class A) and Trevor Momberg (Ford Capri – Class A) following them to the chequered flag.  Dave Alhadeff (Alfa GTA) took Class C honours ahead of Keith Andrews (Alfa Romeo GTV) and Derek Wilsnagh (Ford Anglia), while Arnold Lambert (Ford Capri) won Class D from Jackie Swart (Ford Taunus) and Herman de Kock (Ford Anglia).   Kopke took the lead from Carolin on the final lap in Race 2 after the latter was inadvertently held up by Mike Napoli (Alfa Sud Ti, Class C) and de Kock in R.O.S.E. sweep, leaving Kopke to sneak through.  Lindenberg finished a distant third, with Arton and Momberg snapping at his heels.


Nick Adcock took a fine victory in an eventful Race 1 of the Makita Supercars class, narrowly beating early leader Dayne Angel and a charging Brad Wadeley at the fall of the chequered flag.  Steve McCarthy finished fourth ahead of Ernest Stier.  Reigning champion Richard Schreuder pulled into the pits from the lead halfway into the race with fuel pump issues, while Vito Marzocca and Andrew Moffitt had their race come to an untimely end in Malmesbury corner on the first lap when Moffitt spun in front of Marzocca and Marzocca hitting Moffitt hard.  Angel took a fine victory in Race 2, outbraking long-time leader Wadeley in Cape Town corner on the penultimate lap, with Schreuder recovering from starting at the back of the grid to finish third ahead of McCarthy and Stier.


The GTi Challenge class produced thrills and spills, with Zubair Sonday (VW Polo Classic, Class A) winning from Clifton van der Mescht (VW Polo, Class A) and Shane du Toit (VW Golf), who took Class B honours ahead of Zaki Hendricks (VW Golf) and Peet van der Walt (VW Golf), after Marco Busi (VW Golf) spun out from the class lead at Houls Hoek in the closing stages of the race.  Christopher Swart (VW Golf) beat Morne Pienaar (VW Golf) and Anwar Levy (VW Golf) for Class C honours.  Ryan Large (VW Golf) created havoc when he spun at Engen corner in front of Lorenzo Nel (VW Golf) who hit him solidly, with brother Johan Nel (VW Jetta) rolling his machine in the attempt to avoid the melee.  Sonday took what was a comfortable victory in Race 2 after a half-spin by van der Mescht under braking for Houls Hoek on lap 1.  Van der Mescht retired late in the race, leaving van der Walt to finish as runner-up marginally ahead of Busi, with Shane du Toit finishing third in class.  Pienaar took victory in Class C ahead of Swart and Paul Simon (VW Golf).


Dawie Joubert (Porsche GT3) dominated Race 1 of the Bigfoot Express/Execuline Sports & GT Car class, with Steve Humble bringing his new Nardini Honda home in second place ahead of Johan Engelbrecht (Porsche GT3).  Mike Verrier (VW Nardini) led home a trio of Porsches driven by Keith Fourie, Craig Jarvis and Matt Kreve, who won Class B ahead of Peter Little (FVH7 Mazda) and Gavin Gorman (VW Nardini).  Paul Beachy Head (Audi R8) brought his smoking machine home to win Class C.  There was a frenetic three-way tussle for the lead between Joubert, Engelbrecht and Humble in Race 2, with Joubert spinning out of the lead on the penultimate lap.  Humble took the lead, only to retire with mechanical issues at the end of the lap!  This left Engelbrecht to canter to victory ahead Shureez Brenner (Porsche GT3), with Joubert limping over the finish line in third place.  Verrier overcame a four-way dogfight to finish fourth ahead Fourie, Jarvis and Francis Carruthers (Juno S2000).  Kreve took victory in Class B over Little, while Arno Church (FVH7 Ford BDH) won Class C ahead of Beachy Head.


Andre Culvert (Kawasaki ZX6, Clubmans) took victory in Race 1 of the Mike Hopkins Motorcycles Powersport/Clubman/Classics class, a race marred by a four-machine pile up at the start which led to Mandy Peake (Honda VTR1000) being carried off on a stretcher.  Hayden Jonas (Suzuki SV650, Powersport) put up a valiant struggle following the demise of Warren Guantario (Suzuki SV650) due to a mechanical malady (later determined to be a broken piston skirt).  Carl Liebenberg (Kawasaki ER6, Powersport) overcame a spirited charge from Vossie Vosloo (Yamaha R1, Clubmans) to finish third, while Kurt Fortune (Kawasaki ZX6, Clubmans) finished a fine fifth ahead of a squabble over sixth place to the line which was settled in favour of Andries Coetzee (Yamaha R6, Clubmans) over Leroy Malan (BMW F800, Clubmans).  Brandon Storey (Suzuki SV650) rode steadily to finish second in the Powersport class after Liebenberg was subsequently disqualified.  Mandy Peake had another disastrous moment in Race 2, having nowhere to go and tagging another rider in Cape Town corner, leading to the stoppage of the race.  She was, again, carted off on a stretcher and was subsequently diagnosed with concussion.  Culvert dominated at the restart to win Race 2 ahead of Fortune, with Guantario taking over Liebenberg’s machine to charge from the back of the grid and claim third position, winning the Powersport class, with Vosloo claiming a triumphant fourth (and the Rider of the Day accolade) ahead of Jonas.  Storey claimed third place again in the Powersport class.


Jurgen zu Bentheim took a magnificent lights-to-flag victory in Race 1 of the NA Carreras V8 Masters class, with Charles Arton finishing a lonely second after Marcel Angel was forced to retire on the final lap due to a puncture.  This left Fanie Theron to drive to a steady third ahead of Robert Franco, while Brian Evans outdragged Dmitri Christodoulou to the finish line for fifth place.  Reigning champion Fabio Tafani’s quest for victory left him stranded in the gravel at the exit of Cape Town corner at half distance.  Zu Bentheim did a sterling job to repeat his Race 1 feat in Race 2, with Arton chasing him home in second place.


The Charl Electrical Engineering Fine Cars saw Clive Spolander (Jaguar XJS) take a thrilling victory over Eric van der Merwe (Porsche 924 Turbo) and Lourens Bester (Porsche 944 Turbo).  Geoff Bihl (Porsche 944) and Piet Matthee (Porsche 944) rounded off the top five finishers.  Tony Kent (Ford Anglia) and Roger Wood (Sunbeam Tiger) made contact after a spin by Maurice Toscano (VW Passat, after contact with Piet Matthee) in Hoals Hoek directly in front of them, leading to the retirement of both competitors.   Spolander repeated the feat in Race 2, but it was Bihl who won overall on Index of Performance.


Brennon Green (VW Golf GTi) took his maiden victory from pole position in Race 1 of the Midas Clubmans class, with Jess Huggett (VW Jetta, Class B) finishing a magnificent second ahead of Danie van Niekerk (BMW 325i, Class A), following the demise of Gavin Cerff (BMW 325i, Class A) from second place on the final lap.  Ebrahim Levy (BMW M3) finished third in Class A. Mark Smith (VW Golf) finished a fine second in Class B ahead of Ewald Weiland (Alfa Romeo GTV) and Wayne Wilson (Nissan Maxima), while Gary Manwaring (BMW 325i) beat Andre Johnson (Audi A4) for Class C honours.  Green was pressured all the way in Race 2 by Truspe Schoeman (BMW 325i, Class A), but he managed to keep the BMW pilot at bay till the chequered flag, with van Niekerk safely in third place.  Smith took victory in Class B ahead of Wilson and Huggett, after Huggett was forced to start from the back of the grid.  Manwaring repeated the feat in Class C by beating Johnson to the flag.


The next W.P.M.C. regional race event is scheduled for 18 May 2013, following the Pro Tour event which will run at Killarney on 27 April 2013.  Both events are essential viewing for any motorsport fan...don’t miss it!


Nick van der Meulen