Fast and fu­ri­ous

Capris, bikes rev up the ac­tion at Bor­der Mo­tor­sport Club champs

Go! & Express - - Sport - STAFF RE­PORTER

SATURDAY greeted Bor­der Mo­tor­sport Club (BMC) with a beau­ti­ful spring sun­rise, with the prom­ise of a glo­ri­ous day at the host­ing of the fifth Re­gional Cham­pi­onship Cir­cuit Races.

The smell of rac­ing fuel, hot slicks and a ca­coph­ony of sound from the pits wafted down pit lane, giv­ing the whole vibe a true rac­ing “high” and thus fir­ing up com­peti­tors, spec­ta­tors and of­fi­cials with a shot of adrenalin in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a great days rac­ing.

En­trants in­cluded some amaz­ing flame-spit­ting Ford Capri Per­ana V8s, Derek Boys’ V8 Chevy Can Am and Su­per Se­ries V* Ca­maro, a Mazda RX7 Ro­tray and a host of 6and 4-cylin­der pow­ered mod­i­fied and his­toric rac­ing cars, from as far afield as Port El­iz­a­beth, Queen­stown and Cape Town.

The bikes were also well-rep­re­sented and the BMC event had 28 su­per­bikes cam­paigned by rac­ers from both the male and fe­male camp as well as a range of ages from 16 to 60 giv­ing it horns around the world-fa­mous East Lon­don Grand Prix Cir­cuit.

Well-known fe­male power racer Ja­nine Mitchell was the chief me­chanic and pit crew boss for Travis Naude, who was suf­fer­ing from flu and tak­ing full ad­van­tage of all the TLC and sup­port from his gor­geous new pit crew boss.

Mitchell nor­mally races too but sat this one out to sup­port Travis.

Once the qual­i­fi­ca­tion was over, the rac­ing be­gan in earnest and an amaz­ing bat­tle for hon­ours en­sued with Dar­ron Gud­manz and Chris Blom in the V8 Capris. They were joined by Derek Boy putting on a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of pre­ci­sion rac­ing as they swopped the lead a few times and chased each other with bumpers con­nected down the main straight and through Pot­ters Pass. What a won­der­ful site to be­hold.

An­other Capri pi­loted by our ever-faith­ful and hard­work­ing BMC chair­man, An­drew Kar­sha­gen must have had dough­nuts for break­fast as he en­ter­tained the whole cir­cuit’s spec­ta­tors with mul­ti­ple spins dur­ing the races on al­most ev­ery cor­ner. In heat two of the His­torics he some­how al­lowed his con­ta­gious spin­ning virus to in­fect the two lead­ing V8 Capris who both com­pleted a per­fect 360° spin into a bea­con in sym­pa­thy for An­drews 1600 cc Capris dilemma.

The bikes were ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar to watch, reaching speeds in ex­cess of 250km/h through Ri­fle Bend be­fore slam­ming on brakes for Co­cobana.

Ja­son Lamb, get­ting quite ma­ture now at age 42, same num­ber as his Kawasaki ZX10R, rode like a true champ with Travis Warne, Travis Naude and the very ma­ture but still very quick Pierre le Roux in hot pur­suit.

Ku­dos goes to East Lon­don’s own 16-year-old Stir­ling High pupil, Cas­sidy Sim­mons rid­ing a Yamaha R6 spon­sored by Roc­co­mam­mas.

She passed most of her male com­peti­tors on sim­i­lar ma­chines, end­ing up 10th over­all, with a podium fin­ish in her class and en­sur­ing all the spec­ta­tors were en­ter­tained.

The next Bor­der Mo­tor­sport Club event is on Saturday with round 6 of the Bor­der Kart­ing Club se­ries tak­ing place on the Kart­ing cir­cuit in the Esses at the Grand Prix track.

Rac­ing starts at 11am and it will be a fan­tas­tic spec­ta­cle for the whole fam­ily.

En­try for spec­ta­tors is only R10 and free for kids un­der 12.

Pic­ture: TREVOR KITCH­ING

HOT ROD: The V8 Capri of Chris Blom was one of the cars that en­ter­tained spec­ta­tors dur­ing the fifth round of the Bor­der Mo­tor­sport Club’s Re­gional Cham­pi­onship Cir­cuit Races at the week­end

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