Jade Crookes provides cover from the rain for Duncan dos Reis, whose Porsche had a will of its own on a wet Dezzi Raceway last weekend.
KZN Road Racers open throttles wide on a wet Dezzi track
WET, windy and icy conditions changed the game somewhat at Dezzi Raceway, Oslo Beach, at the weekend for round six of the KZN Road Racing Championship, with elation for some and bitter disappointment for others.
Pietermaritzburg’s Meredith Willis was one who felt both sets of emotions having gone out in the first heat for Retro Racing cars in his immaculate Ford Escort to absolutely blitz the opposition and win going away from the field. “I love racing in the wet,” he said.
“The car was just perfect and the wet weather tyres I have had in my garage for a few years worked a treat. It was such fun.”
Sadly, that did not last and in the second heat of the day while racing to what looked like another dominant victory, an electrical issue with the Escort forced him out of the running, allowing Manfred Schroder in his Ford Escort to take overall honours for the day.
Rory Nossiter in his Mini finished second for the day ahead of Greg Steen, also Escort mounted.
Although he managed to win overall for the day, young Jesse Conci had the same — and more — emotions running wild in the 300 Class for motorcycles.
He put in a stupendous ride to win the opening heat and looked set to repeat the feat in the second, but slid off at the first turn on the opening lap.
He remounted his Kawasaki 250 and set off after the vanishing pack.
The spectators who braved the conditions were then treated to a masterful display of riding with the youngster setting the fastest lap of the day and slip-sliding his way through the field to finish second — enough to secure the podium top spot for the day, ahead of Neolen Pillay (Kawasaki 300).
Another rider who took control of the tough conditions was Sanjiv Singh on the Kawasaki 1000, who won overall in the Superbike Master category from championship leader Matthew Steytler (BMW 1000) to narrow the gap between the two, with only a few rounds left for the 2018 season. Lee Baxendale finished third for the day.
In the chase for Super Motard honours the Etzel brothers were split at the podium placings with Hein (Husqvaran 450) taking the prime place from Jesse Boshoff, also Husqvarna mounted, and Karl Etzel on his Yamaha 450.
The race for Super GT cars and the Time Attack proved a handful for the Pirelli Porsche of Duncan dos Reis and, limited to using road tyres for the wet conditions, battled to keep the super quick Porsche GT3 pointing in the direction he wanted.
This hampered his efforts and it was left up to the Porsches of Willie de Beer and Lawrence Smith to provide the entertainment in a twoheat strongarm match that was eventually won by De Beer in both categories ahead of Smith in Super GT, with Dos Reis grabbing back some kudos with second in the Time Attack.
Elton Fuchs’ VW Golf led the Super Modified class, followed by Paul Tarboton (VW Golf) and Dieter Ziesing (BMW 2.5).
Class A went to Denver Branders (Toyota Corolla) ahead of Rob Prece (Dubcorp Golf) and Ronald van Rensburg (VW Golf) while Class B honours were taken by Damien Parker (VW Golf) from Rodney Potgieter (VW Golf) and Dane Thompson (VW Golf).
Tim Kinsey kept his championship chase on track by winning Class C in his VW Golf from Leigh Branders (Ford Escort) and Barry Liggins in his BMW-powered Dart.
• Round 7 of the Road Racing is on August 4, with the National Historic Tour coming to town on August 11.
Maritzburg racer Meredith Willis (inset) won the Retro Racing first heat in his immaculate Ford Escort at Dezzi’s over the weekend.
Despite being the youngest rider, Jesse Conci set the fastest lap for the day.