Crossley & Webb Sports & Gt Series 2017 – Round 5

I’m sure most of us gave Mike Beachy-Head a thought over the race weekend and our Lap of Honour at the beginning of lunch was well accepted and appreciated by the Drivers and Spectators.

We were down on numbers before the Friday qually even started, Craig Harper (Harper V6 Alfa) was not race ready, Sandro Bicari and Peter van der Spuy were overseas. Craig Jarvis’ Viper was damaged at the last race Meeting. He entered his Ferrari but withdrew before Race Day.

– Full race report at sportsandgt.com

Andre Bezuidenhout had entered but withdrew due to a business commitment. But then it got worse. Louis de Jager (Lola Toyota) discovered an oil leak, Gavin Gorman (Nardini) had a problem with his water pump, Dawie Joubert (Lotus/Honda Exige) lost a fair amount of body work and Martin Pugh (Shelby CanAm) had brake and handling issues. But credit to Louis, Dawie and Martin they got to the grid on Saturday morning.

Race 1:

Marcel Angel put his “Autohaus Angel Ferrari 458” 4.5L on pole with a time of 1:10.980. Dawie’s car was not ready in time to qualify so he had to start at the back of Class A behind Johan Engelbrecht (Jogajoga Café Porsche GT2R), Francis Carruthers (Aquila) and Colin Plit (Motul Honda Juno SS3 2.4l).

On the second warm-up lap, we found what temperature we had in our tyres disappeared when we were slowed to a crawl of 30kph and then a complete stop just before Turn 3. Honestly not sure what was going on but sincerely hope it does not happen again.

Francis spun on the first lap coming out of turn 1, which put him at the back of the Field. Starting from 5th on the grid, Dawie soon passed Colin and Johan and got into the lead on the second Lap after passing Marcel. Dawie and Marcel had a magic dice and Marcel managed to get past Dawie on Lap 7 and held the lead to the flag.

Class B was a runaway victory for Gary Kieswetter (Porsche GT3 RS). Nick Cunningham-Moorat (Nissan R35 GTR) passed Matt Kreeve (Porsche 911 GT3) on Lap 1 but Matt gained his place back on Lap 4, which he held to the Flag. Andre Brink (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) was gaining on Nick but although he was unable to get past he was .6 seconds behind Nick at the finish.

Martin Pugh led the Class C cars at the start followed by Maarten Prins (Porsche GT3 Cup), Paul Schwartz (Class D GT40), Louis and Ray (Class D Birkin 7). Louis got past Paul on Lap 6 and past Maarten on Lap 8, when Maarten’s car seemed to slow. However, on Lap 8 Louis’ car lost its clutch and he retired. Martin’s Shelby developed a brake problem and he retired after completing 8 Laps.

Paul was Class D winner, followed by Ray. Francis had worked his way through the field but in the process over-revved his engine and was the last Car to take the Flag. After the Race, Paul found a problem with his gearshift cable and withdrew from Race 2.

Race 2:

With Francis, Martin, Louis and Paul not able to make Race 2, the field was down to 10. The rain was threatening so Ray decided not to do the second Race – field down to 9. Dawie had the quickest Lap Time in Race 1 so was on pole for Race 2 in front of Marcel. Once again, these two had a tremendous race-long dice with Dawie managing to hold off Marcel to the flag, followed by Johan and Colin.

Gary led Class B from start to finish, but behind him Matt, Andre and Nick were changing places. Andre passed Matt on Lap 1 and Nick passed Matt on Lap 2. Matt had a mechanical problem and retired after completing 3 Laps. Nick’s car also developed a problem and he retired after 8 Laps.

Maarten was the only Class C car in the Race.

Overall Championship results.

  • Gary Kieswetter, 107
  • Nick Cunningham-Moorat, 95
  • Arno Church, 89
  • Colin Plit, 89
  • Maarten Prins, 69
  • Martin Pugh, 66

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