Killarney 12 April 2014 Regional event.
Sports & GT racing is a class with lots of variation of cars and lap times from mid 1:20’s down to 1:12’s including some classic sports cars and a range of the latest Porches. The April race is only the second race of the season and should see the arrival of new and updated cars battling it out for class and overall wins counting toward the annual championship to be concluded with the final race in December.
The first race for 2014 in March for S> was action packed. With the African 6 hour enduro win under his belt at Welkom, Francis Carruthers in his Nissan V6 Juno took a convincing poll position lapping at 1.12. 19, which is a new fastest lap for the top Class A. Porsche’s followed close behind taking the next 5 places.
In the first race Carruthers maintained station in front chased by Dawie Joubert in his very fast Porsche until a major lock up at turn 5, saw the GT3 leave the circuit in a cloud of tyre smoke. Johan Engelbrecht in his GT2 was then released to give chase but was too far back to really trouble the Juno. Class B saw action aplenty with a spin for a fast qualifying Godfrey Lancellas in turn 1 only to shunted in the rear by the 7 of Ray Farnham, both of which retired for the day. Matt Kreeve and Keith Fourie both went off at turn 4 but continued to fight back through the field to finish well. With a badly misfiring Porsche for Peter van der Spuy, the likes of ArnoChurch, Cyril Ginsberg and new comer Plit made up places at the finish. Gavin Gorman in his Nardini and Louis de Jagger in the reliable Lola were also racing in the top 10 finishes finishing with great expectations for race 2.
Lights off and race 2 underway saw Joubert take the initiative off the line pushing Carruthers into second place and Engelbrecht and Jarvis hard on his heels. By lap 3 the Juno had regained no 1 slot passing Joubert and the top 4 maintained their positions until the flag with Jarvis in his GT3 managing to close the gap on the GT2 on Joubert.
Next up was Fourie who managed to stay on the black stuff unlike Kreeve who insisted on farming again managing to claw back to a 6th place finish. Clinton Thorn kept up very well with his indecently quick turbo Birkin beating both de Jagger, Gorman and a repaired van de Spuy. Maartin Prins and Hennie Trollip both drove well to come home in a depleted field.
The points after race 1 are close and so we have an expectation that the second round will be a cracker to watch as all the classes battle it out again testing their skills, their cars and of course the preparation.