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With the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship heading into the home stretch, the action picked up and made for thrilling racing at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.
Roughly 120 competitors converged on the Oslo Beach track hoping to advance their title aspirations.
The most exciting racing went down in the Modifieds Class with battles throughout the field. The tight racing at times led to a few bumps and bruises but was fantastic to watch as competitors fought to the chequered flag.
The Retros put on a good show as well. The cars up front really showed some pace despite the age of these vehicles, with the front-runners putting down lap times of around 1m21s – of similar pace to the top Modifieds Class competitors.
There were some crashes in a few of the bike classes but nothing serious, certainly a testament to the pace they were pushing to better their lap times and chase the race leaders.
Driving to victory were Duncan dos Reis (Super GT), Dave Rabie (Sports), Meredith Willis (Retro), Shiren Rajpaul (Modified A), Tim Kinsey (Modified B), Gary Brown (Modified C), Elton Fuchs (Super Modified) and Allan Naidoo (Time Challenge).
The bike class winners were Shaun Joffe (150cc and Powersports), Quintin Brown (150cc Masters), Malcolm Rudman (300cc and Formula Extreme A), Shaun du Preez (300cc Masters), Stanley Ndlela (Formula Extreme B), Karl Etzel (Supermotard), Justin Mathie (Supermotard Masters) and Riley Day (Mini GP).
“It was another action-packed race event with lots of close racing and some crashes to excite the spectators,” club chairman Llewelyn Puren told eHowzit.
“We had roughly 300 spectators that came out to watch the shenanigans on track, a little lower than usual and most likely due to the high winds and poor weather that was predicted.
“The racing was good; we had very few delays and the weather held out to give the competitors a great day out on track.”
He added, “Without our sponsors we would not be able to have such a fantastic day’s racing and put on a show for the spectators.
“A big thanks to Carshop.co.za who make sure our events are televised – so look us up and if you missed the live racing, catch up on Ignition TV.
“Jani and her team from Natal Recovery once again need a special mention for their efforts to get the vehicles off the track to make our day work in the little time we have. Barloworld Pinetown have also been fantastic with their support of the Safety Car and the additional recovery vehicle.”
The penultimate round of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship will take place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on 5 October.
For more information about the club and their events, visit www.KZNRRC.co.za.
Photos by Graham Montanari, sponsored by Mobile Auto Repairs