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

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WINDELL

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.

Bikes

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.

Su­per GT

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.

Su­per Mod­i­fieds

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.

PHO­TOS: COLIN WINDELL

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.

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