SMOK­ING HOT HIS­TORIC TOUR

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - COLIN WINDELL

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.

PHOTO: COLIN WINDELL

The retro-styled Liqui Moly Inex Leg­end cars al­ways pro­vide grip­ping ac­tion.

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