Motorsport season starts with a bang

THE first round of the Border Motorsport Club Championships took place on February 17 at a rain-soaked East London Grand Prix Circuit.

The wet track and dismal weather made for an interesting and challenging day of racing between powerful V8’s and more nimble, lighter, 4-cylinder cars.

The event saw reigning Border Historic Champion, Wayne Tiny Botha, in his Escort Mk1 2L, finish in first place, closely followed by Christopher Radloff in his Toyota coupe.

Danian Staffen took third place in his newly built Ford Capri V8.

The Modified Saloons and Open Top sections were won by Gary Marais in the Harp sports car.

Other impressive talents in the Modified Saloon section, included the young Ashton Nell in her Golf 1 2.0 litre 8 Valve who demonstrated her amazing skill by finishing ahead of some much more potent cars.

As a soft drizzle turned into a downpour, track conditions worsened over the course of the day giving big slick tyres and powerful V8 engines a disadvantage on the wet track surface.

The beginning of the season was one to remember, with the second round of the BMSC championships taking place on April 7 at the East London Grand Prix Circuit.

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