Huge crowd en­joys the ac­tion at Dezzi

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - COLIN WINDELL

THE big­gest crowd yet at Dezzi Race­way (10 000), cheered might­ily ev­ery time Ol­lie Broome brought the ex-Basil van Rooyen Ford Mus­tang around.

The Retro rac­ers shared track time with the Sports and Su­per GT cars, and Vaughn Robin­son found a Lo­tus 7 bounc­ing around the rear wheel well of his Es­cort at one point.

With Pi­eter­mar­itzburg hero Grant Duck­ham side­lined by elec­tri­cal prob­lems on his su­per quick Ford Es­cort, it was the Class D Ford Es­cort of Ge­orge Econo­mides that took top hon­ours over­all, with Mered­ith Wil­lis (Class E Ford Es­cort) sec­ond over­all.

In the Su­per GT and Porsche cat­e­gories, Dun­can dos Reis was sim­ply in a class of his own in his Pirelli Porsche, win­ning over­all in both cat­e­gories, ahead of Za­heed Has­sim (Porsche) and Charl Mom­sen in the Alfa-en­gined No­ble in the Su­per GT class. Doug Fear in the Back­draft Co­bra replica was third in the Su­per GT class.

Swop­ping the Mus­tang for his trusty Mercedes-Benz 2,3 litre turbo, Broome raced to vic­tory in the first heat of the Mod­i­fied Class, beat­ing off the stren­u­ous ef­forts of Ron­ald van Rens­burg (Volk­swa­gen Golf), Paul Tar­boton (VW Golf) and El­ton Fuchs (VW Golf).

Fuchs made a come­back in the sec­ond heat to win from Van Rens­burg and Tar­boton, with Den­ver Bran­ders sneak­ing his Toy­ota Corolla into fourth place ahead of Broome.

Van Rens­burg topped the Class A ta­bles for the day, with Shiren Raipaul (VW Golf) sec­ond and Bran­ders third.

In Class B, Leo Bran­ders (VW Golf) took the hon­ours from John Mon­ta­nari (VW Golf) and Pierre-Richard Potgieter (VW Golf). Class C went the way of Gary Brown (Ford), with Tim Kin­sey (VW Golf) sec­ond ahead of Richard Loynes (VW Golf).

In cham­pi­onship terms, El­ton Fuchs leads the Su­per Mod­i­fieds on 181 points from Di­eter Ziesing (BMW) on 91 and Tar­boton on 80. Van Rens­burg leads Class A (190) from Clin­ton Bezuiden­hout (104) and Shiren Ra­j­paul (83). Class B is the do­main of Potgieter (120) fol­lowed by Mon­ta­nari (111) and Leo Bran­ders (90), while Kin­sey rules Class C on 146 with Brown at 141 and Barry Lig­gins (102).

In most classes the points race is close and with three rounds to go, it is still all to play for.

PHOTO: COLIN WINDELL

Ol­lie Broome’s Ford Mus­tang is a crowd favourite at Dezzi’s Race­way.

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