Huge crowd enjoys the action at Dezzi
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.
Ollie Broome’s Ford Mustang is a crowd favourite at Dezzi’s Raceway.