Jeff Gable wins the For­mula Ford at Dezzi’s

Fans cheer as driv­ers bat­tle for space in ‘no fear’ dices at Dezzi Race­way in touring car races

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WINDELL

EVEN in an ex­cep­tional day of mo­tor­sport, such as the week­end’s fourth round of the na­tional His­toric Tour hosted by Dezzi Race­way at Oslo Beach, one race stands out above all the oth­ers.

On Satur­day this race was the sec­ond heat for pre-1966 Pro­duc­tion Cars/Lit­tle Gi­ants.

The ti­tanic scrap be­tween Alan Poul­ter in his im­mac­u­late Volvo 122S and Chad Ten Doeschate in the GSM Dart had the large crowd cheer­ing wildly.

Ten Doeschate ini­tially led the charge, hold­ing off the Volvo for sev­eral laps with Poul­ter like a yap­ping dog at his heels.

When the Volvo fi­nally squeezed through, it was game on as Ten Doeschate looked to try to re­gain the place, but no­body had re­ally no­ticed the gains Mike O’Sul­li­van (BMW 2000 Tisa) had been mak­ing on the lead­ing pair.

When Ten Doeschate made a slight er­ror, O’ Sul­li­van squeezed past and sud­denly it was a three­car af­fair. Poul­ter held on to take the flag to make it his sec­ond win for the day, hav­ing won the first heat from Francesco Lom­bardi (Alfa Romeo Giulia) and Mike O’Sul­li­van.

A large con­tin­gent of rac­ers made the trip for the Sa­bat Lotus Chal­lenge that is split into five classes all rac­ing at the same time.

Out front both races were dom­i­nated by Jef­frey Kruger in his Toy­ota-pow­ered Birkin 7 with Jeff Gable (Toy­ota Birkin 7) gamely chas­ing him both times.

There was a good dice for third be­tween the Class C Toy­ota Birkin 7 of Chris Wool­ley and the Class B sim­i­lar car of Al­lan Spies — Wooley win­ning the first en­counter and Spies tak­ing the third place in the sec­ond.

Thomas Falkiner, ex­pected to be in the mix, re­tired from the first heat as a pre­cau­tion af­ter be­ing hit by another car on the open­ing lap, but charged from the back of the grid in the sec­ond heat in his Tay­lon Toy­ota 7 to fin­ish fifth.

In Class L it was Mackie Ad­lam (Lo­cost Ro­cam) who won over­all for the day from Juan du Toit and Jo­han Viviers in sim­i­lar cars.

If “no fear” rac­ing gets your adren­a­line go­ing, the Inex Leg­ends pro­vide just that.

Th­ese cus­tom built light­weight rac­ers pow­ered by Yamaha mo­tor­cy­cle en­gines cir­cu­late the 2,21 kilo­me­tres of Dezzi Race­way at an av­er­age speed in ex­cess of 90 km/h — and in very close com­pany.

Devin Robert­son made it his day and won all three of the races al­lo­cated to this for­mat, hold­ing off some de­ter­mined ef­forts from Richard Up­ton with Anro Stadler al­ways lurk­ing nearby with Charl Roux and Ger­hard Roux tak­ing turns to claim the fourth spot.

In the races for the Marl­boro Pre 80 Saloons, Pre 90 Sports and GT cars and Clas­sic Thor­pro­vides ough­breds, Ford Es­corts dom­i­nated in Class F with Deon van Vu­uren tak­ing hon­ours for the day from Quentin Wil­lis and Willem Vorster.

Clagg hon­ours went to Marco Ver­wey (Datsun Deluxe) from Harry Lom­bard (VW Bee­tle) and Ge­orge Adalis.

Class H went the way of Arthur Eg­gar (Re­nault R8) from Ger­ald Wright (Ford Cortina) and Oliver Broome (VW Ra­zor).

And what would a his­toric race meet­ing be with­out a herd of Alfa Romeos?

The Metal Used Spares Al­faTro­feo Chal­lenge at­tracts some pris­tine ex­am­ples of older Al­fas and some en­ter­tain­ing rac­ing kicked off on the day with a win for Colin El­li­son (Alfa Giulia) from Tony Sharp and Mario Rossi (Alfa GTV6). In race two it was the fire-breath­ing Alfa GTV6 of Bjorn Ge­bert that made the run­ning to win go­ing away from Mario Rossi and Tony Sharp — a cou­ple of off-track mo­ments de­mot­ing El­li­son to firth place be­hind Kea­gan Pot­tas.

How­ever, no his­toric race day can be con­sid­ered com­plete with­out an ap­pear­ance by the mas­ter him­self — and Wil­lie Hep­burn in the mighty Chev V8 did not dis­ap­point by man­han­dling the glo­ri­ous-sound­ing car to vic­tory in both his races.

The For­mula Ford clash was won over­all by Jeff Gable (Van Diemen) from Dean Venter (Swift) and James Reeves (Ray83).

Next Satur­day, both cars and mo­tor­cy­cles race at Dezzis — and it is well worth the trip.

PHO­TOS: COLIN WINDELL

Left: Richard Up­ton leads a gag­gle of Inext Leg­end cars. Top: Bjorn Ge­bert’s Alfa GTV6 spits flame as he pow­ers up the Dezzi Race­way.

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