Exceptional day of racing

2017-08-25 06:00
Cars in the Historic Tour at Dezzi.PHOTO: supplied

Cars in the Historic Tour at Dezzi.PHOTO: supplied

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EVEN in an exceptional day of motor sport, such as the weekend’s fourth round of the national Historic
Tour hosted by Dezzi Raceway at Oslo Beach, one race stands out above all others.

Last Saturday this race was the second heat for pre-1966 Production Cars/Little Giants.

The titanic scrap between Alan Poulter in his immaculate Volvo 122S and Chad Ten Doeschate in the GSM Dart had the large crowd cheering wildly.

Ten Doeschate initially led the charge, holding off the Volvo for several laps with Poulter like a yapping dog at his heels.

When the Volvo finally squeezed through, it was game on as Ten Doeschate looked to try to regain the place, but nobody had really noticed the gains Mike O’Sullivan (BMW 2000 Tisa) had been making on the leading pair.

When Ten Doeschate made a slight error, O’ Sullivan squeezed past and suddenly it was a three-car affair. Poulter held on to take the flag to make it his second win for the day, having won the first heat from Francesco Lombardi (Alfa Romeo Giulia) and Mike O’Sullivan.

A large contingent of racers made the trip for the Sabat Lotus Challenge that is split into five classes all racing at the same time.

Out front both races were dominated by Jeffrey Kruger in his Toyota-powered Birkin 7 with Jeff Gable (Toyota Birkin 7) gamely chasing him both times.

There was a good dice for third between the Class C Toyota Birkin 7 of Chris Woolley and the Class B similar car of Allan Spies — Wooley winning the first encounter and Spies taking the third place in the second.

Thomas Falkiner, expected to be in the mix, retired from the first heat as a precaution after being hit by another car on the opening lap, but charged from the back of the grid in the second heat in his Taylon Toyota 7 to finish fifth.

In Class L it was Mackie Adlam (Locost Rocam) who won overall for the day from Juan du Toit and Johan Viviers in similar cars.

If “no fear” racing gets your adrenaline going, the Inex Legends provide just that.

These custom built lightweight racers powered by Yamaha motorcycle engines circulate the 2,21 kilometres of Dezzi Raceway at an average speed in excess of 90 km/h — and in very close company.

Devin Robertson made it his day and won all three of the races allocated to this format, holding off some determined efforts from Richard Upton with Anro Stadler always lurking nearby with Charl Roux and Gerhard Roux taking turns to claim the fourth spot.

In the races for the Marlboro Pre-80 Saloons, Pre-90 Sports and GT cars and Classic Thoroughbreds, Ford Escorts dominated in Class F with Deon van Vuuren taking honours for the day from Quentin Willis and Willem Vorster.

Clagg honours went to Marco Verwey (Datsun Deluxe) from Harry Lombard (VW Beetle) and George Adalis.

Class H went the way of Arthur Eggar (Renault R8) from Gerald Wright (Ford Cortina) and Oliver Broome (VW Razor).

And what would a historic race meeting be without a herd of Alfa Romeos?

The Metal Used Spares AlfaTrofeo Challenge attracts some pristine examples of older Alfas and provides some entertaining racing kicked off on the day with a win for Colin Ellison (Alfa Giulia) from Tony Sharp and Mario Rossi (Alfa GTV6).

In race two it was the fire-breathing Alfa GTV6 of Bjorn Gebert that made the running to win going away from Mario Rossi and Tony Sharp — a couple of off-track moments demoting Ellison to firth place behind Keagan Pottas.

However, no historic race day can be considered complete without an appearance by the master himself — and Willie Hepburn in the mighty Chev V8 did not disappoint by manhandling the glorious-sounding car to victory in both his races.

The Formula Ford clash was won overall by Jeff Gable (Van Diemen) from Dean Venter (Swift) and James Reeves (Ray83).

Next Saturday, both cars and motorcycles race at Dezzis — and it is well worth the trip.

- Colin Windell.

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