SMOKING HOT HISTORIC TOUR
IT was a great day out for KZN racers at the fourth round of the national Historic Tour run at Dezzi Raceway, Oslo Beach at the weekend with several drivers topping their respective classes against the best other provinces had to offer.
More than 200 cars were entered to race on the day with Rob Prece overall winner of Class D in the Pre80 Saloon category in the stunning Power King VW Golf Mk1 — the last surviving car from the Manufacturers Challenge era.
Still prepared and driven by owner Kingsley Wood, he stepped back to let Prece drive and sat in only for the 45 minute Endurance Race where, unfortunately, the car had to retire after the Golf caught fire in the pits when a faulty float chamber caused fuel to overflow onto the hot engine.
The heat and the extinguisher powder played havoc with the electrics, forcing the retirement.
Pietermaritzburg’s Meredith Willis continued his winning ways, taking honours in Class E of the Pre80 Saloons in his Ford Escort with his brother, Quentin, doing the deed in his older model Escort in Class F.
The large crowd who braved the chilly breeze were treated to some spectacular racing with plenty of thrills and spills — all fortunately without injury to any of the competitors.
The Historic Tour shared the day with the MotorMart VW Challenge that began back in 1989 and sent 36 VW Polo cars to the grid for two rounds of absolutely frenetic racing. Rory Atkinson claimed honours in Class A from Lyle Ramsay and Wayne Masters.
Another visitor to the Tour was the Leet Lotus Challenge where a titanic battle raged across the two heats in ‘B’ category between eventual winner Jeffrey Kruger (Birkin Toyota) and Thomas Falkiner (Taylon Toyota) with Allan Spies (Birkin Toyota) always hovering in case either of the leaders made a mistake.
The overall winner of the Endurance race was Botswana’s Ricard Schuhardt in a Porsche 911.
The retro-styled Liqui Moly Inex Legend cars, all powered by motorcycle engines, had their second visit to Dezzi Raceway this year and, as usual, provided plenty of gripping action with Devin Robertson (Big Boss Yamaha) claiming two race wins on the threeheat day with Justin Robertson (Big Boss Yamaha) taking the chequered flag in the third and final heat.
• The next race day, featuring 15 races, is on September 15. More on KZN Road Racing Club’s site: www.kznrrc.co.za.
The retro-styled Liqui Moly Inex Legend cars always provide gripping action.