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DICING IT OUT: Barend du Plessis from Bloemfontein (SA3) and East London’s Jody van Zummeren battle it out during the Summer Race Day at the Summerpride Showgrounds Circuit recently. The race was the last stock car event of the 2016 race year Pictures: TREVOR KITCHING

Monstrous stock car racing machines

BORDER Stock Car Association brought 2016 to a hot end with their final race of the year on December 30.

The race, which was dubbed the Summer Race Day, saw a strong contingent of touring out-of-town competitors. The men from Bloemfontein had already competed in George and Port Elizabeth along their holiday route before making the trip down to East London for the final event of the year.

Among the competitors was a field of Midgets (powerful single-seater race cars sporting huge wings). It was an awesome sight to see these monstrous machines take to the circuit, as it has been many years since the circuit has seen any cars in this category.

The 2.1 Modified class saw the current SA3 title holder, Barend du Plessis from Bloemfontein, take the honours on the evening in his bright fluorescent coloured “minion” machine. The 2016 Border Super Hot Rod champion William Hunter moved to the 2.1 class for the evening and came home in a solid second place. Donovan Voogt brought his Corsa home in third overall.

BIG CHASE: Bloemfontein’s Anton du Toit chases down Dean Potgieter (Opel Tigra) from East London at the last Border Stock Car race last month  Picture: TREVOR KITCHING

In the Super Hot Rod Class, Bloemfontein’s Anton du Toit took the evening’s victory ahead of Dean Potgieter in his Opel Tigra, which was sporting new livery ahead of the 2017 season. Stephen Page came home in a competitive third overall.

The ever-competitive 1660 modified class saw the new 2016 champion Delwin Crous, pick up where he left off the season, with two wins and a second place to take the victory for the evening. Jethro Schwartz finished in a solid second overall on his first time out with his new golf. Crowd favourite Derick van der Westhuizen completed the podium in third overall.

Carla Naude steered her Minion to a very well deserved first overall in the Junior Hot Rod Class. Amy Naude took home second overall ahead of a hard- charging Dean du Plessis from Bloemfontein, who finished in third.

The V8 Flexi AMS class saw Shawn Victor take first overall for the evening ahead of Jacques de Raan of Bloemfontein. Sarel Hattingh showed the advantage of consistency as he took home third overall for the evening.

In the Midgets class, it was an all-Bloemfontein affair as Gerhard Slabber took the evenings victory ahead of Hennie Pretorius in second overall. Gerhard Coetzee steered his way to third.

The next event at the Summerpride Showgrounds Circuit will be on February 4.

 

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