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Legends of the 9 HourSKF RacingRound 2 – Legends of the 9 Hour

Coming in just over a month of our Passion for Speed festival the entry was still surprisingly good. This despite that a good number of our regular competitors had other commitments. The surprise of the day was Neil Lobb who took over the Smokey Yunick Chevelle …with only official practice to learn this strange car and then to give chase to the du Toit brothers…It was a highlight to see these three
cars tied together in the second heat. (in the first Jono had an puncture on the first lap)

 


The U2 greats…It is amazing how this class has grown…and the spectacular racing they produce with close racing and skilled driving in cars which are so well prepared…Cuan Helen headed the grid after practice followed by Alan Poulter in the silver Volvo..(Alan Garrow has reclassified his blue Volvo 122s to Little Giants.. until the car becomes more competitive to move up to U2). Shaun Cabrita brought his Alfa Ti to take on all the usual suspects in the Alfas, BMW & Anglia s… In the first heat it was the Guillias of Patrick and Larry who pounced Alan’s Volvo, followed by Shaun’s Ti… this after Cuan had spun ….In the second Heat it was the Volvo who took command followed by Marc Miller and the Ti… Overall the U2 class puts on a great performance and is appreciated by those who come to watch and participate… Shaun Cabrita…got the driver of the day award…

Some 18 Little Giants qualified headed by Vic Campher in his now repaired Volvo P1800….Unfortunately the Volvo broke out of the time bracket and he was relegated to the back of the grid which left Josh Dovey (Healey Sprite) and Andre de Kock (Black Dart) on the front row of the grid… Marco Taylor in the Alfa Junior was next followed by Austin Zungu in the yellow Dart. Austin has made tremendous progress over the past few events and is now in class A… He is very competitive so much so that he rubbed another competitor and got a penalty
which took him out of the results. Nevertheless he is one to be watched…

It was Marco Taylor who took the line honours followed by Ishmael (Dart) and Josh Dovey who had a very good upfront dice, next was Vic’s Volvo from the back up
to 4th.

The Chris Carlisle Corsair had its best result yet followed closely by Mel in the Consul 315..her best time yet…AND Chris Visagie won class G.. It was also good to have Terrence Tracy make a welcome return in the Imp inspired Ginetta.. From KZN came the Sunbeam Alpine of Mark van Rooyen…He made his dad drive the car up from Richards Bay in pouring rain… This Alpine has a fascinating history… Clive Winterstein never lets us down in his original Porsche 356A…
Then there is Chad in a car that does not fail to amuse… The little squashed Cucumber Nash Metropolitan…Noddy.. AND it puts up an remarkable time of 1,26…(there was one that was once raced at Grand Central, but only once and then its owner swapped it for a Consul 315 which was actually slower than the little Nash…Heat Two and Vic came from the back to finish second… Marco made sure of his overall win for the day… When one reviews the results it is amazing just how close the times are in this class.
Overall Mel, Les McCloud MGB, Mark van Rooyen, Marco and Vic had class wins…

The Sports and Gt Legends classes were all merged with the Pre 1990 Sports and Gt. The entries were a little short…despite the merger with the Pre 1974 categories having 10 and the pre 1990 14.. Never the less the sheer spectacle of having Lolas, Chevrons, Ford GT 40, Porsche 911s , Mpiti, TVR, Ginette, Marauder, and the red Daytona in a single race is a privilege. Roman de Beer made short work of the Jono’s Chevron…in the first heat he headed home Peter Bailey in the Ford GT 40 followed by Ben Morgenrood’s Trans Am Mustang… Mark took some time to get to grips with the Red Daytona… he was supposed to take on Peters GT40…but to no avail…
In the second heat Jonos Chevron was back on form but could do nothing about Roman de Beer in Pim’s Lola and so had to settle for second, Third was Peter followed by Ben in the Trans Am Mustang..

After what must be a 25 year layoff Doug Fear returned to racing with a Backdraft Cobra.. this car was well presented and acquitted itself well however and unfortunately the car does fulfil the required specifications for the category and had been withdrawn from the series…a great pity..

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