17 Jul Mixed Fortunes for Cape competitors in Port Elizabeth
Mixed Fortunes for Cape competitors in Port Elizabeth
A succession of accidents and incidents resulted in mixed fortunes for Western Cape competitors during the national Extreme Festival meeting at the Aldo Scribante in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
However, there were no problems for Julian van der Watt in his Investchem Mygale, who increased his overall lead in the national Investchem Formula 1600 championship when he took the chequered flag narrowly ahead of Stuart White’s similarly powered (Fantastic Mygale), in both races.
Nieyaas Modack fared almost as well in his Audi S4 4WD, when he finished first and third in the two AMSC Regional Modified Saloon Car races that attracted a number of high powered entries.
Unfortunately, the Cape’s multiple former South African Saloon Car champion Johan Fourie did not have the best of luck in his EPS Couriers BMW, in the main event of the day, the national Sasol GTC Championship. Defending champion Michael Stephen (Engen Audi GTC), won the hard fought first heat ahead of his team-mate Simon Moss. Championship leader Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol BMW) and Fourie were third and fourth.
There was drama in the second race when Bonafede and Stephen both spun off the track after crashing into one another. Then, when Michael van Rooyen (RSC BMW) outbraked himself and ran off the tarmac, Fourie seemed assured of a place on the podium. Unfortunately his hopes were shattered on the last lap when Daniel Rowe’s VW Jetta collided with his Beemer.
The first Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 R Masters motorcycle race was red flagged after just two laps when Henk Schuilling high-sided his Air Systems Kawa ZX10 R at the end of the main straight and had to be treated by the medics for lacerations and severe bruising.
The Cape round of the Extreme Festival is due to be held at Killarney on September 9.