Qualifying conditions were great with no wind and a dry and clean track for a change! The new tires for the 2017 season are starting to have more competitive times but still half a second to a second slower than the full slick tires from previous years. Jarryd Evans (car #41) managed a great time to break below the 1min24 mark again showing his speed when it counts, with Michael Nel (car #10) less than a tenth of second behind in second place. The rest of the Gold class was not far behind along with Richard Starkey (car #81) leading the silver class qualifying times and Nashrene Schloss (#7) leading the Bronze class cars.
Another special mention must be made of the rookie Shane Smith (car #51) who has managed to put in competitive qualifying times again as a rookie that look to settle him into the fight for the Silver Class this year!
Lawrence Moffit (car #24) was the only qualifying casualty with a clutch issue, and the usual Silver class leader Fernando Rueda Jnr (#20) blew a motor. Both Lawrence and Fernando managed to get their mechanical issues sorted and joined in the racing festivities!
The Supercar drivers were all excited at the prospect of two standing starts for the day with the V8 Masters racing away at Kyalami for the day. Race 1 was a tightly contested race with Ryan McCarthy (#5) coming from 3rd on the grid to lead much of the race. Ryan lost the lead twice in the race but managed to get his lead back and kept it for the win in race one, an exceptional result after having a rough day in practice the day before resulting in a cylinder head rebuild the night before race day. Michael Nel (#10) however pushed hard for the lead with his normal ability to find a turn of speed when it is needed. Unfortunately for Michael however, as he was entering corner 3 on the last lap, he got a bit off the racing line and he hit the wall in dramatic fashion. Michael luckily escaped just with a slight strain on his neck but his car was not that lucky. Michael is pushing to get his car fixed for the 13 May meeting.
Ryan McCarthy won the race followed by Glen Phillips (#54) 2nd, Fernando Rueda (#20) with an epic drive from the back of the grid to 3rd on track but first for silver, Richard Starkey (#81) kept his nose out of trouble and finished a steady 4th on track and 2nd in Silver. Nashrene Schloss (#7) and Didier Koeul (#70) finished 1st and 2nd in Bronze respectively.
Race 2 had an interesting grid layout with the grid inversion rules resulting in Richard Starkey starting from Pole position. A few action-packed corners ensued with some action-packed attempts of the faster Gold class cars looking to get out into the lead. After some gentle rubbing between Richard and Fernando, Ryan had some great momentum out of corner 2 and moved from 4th position to 1st through the kink before corner 3. Fernando and Richard then went through the high-speed corner 4 side by side with Fernando getting the inside line at the end of the straight to take 2nd position into corner 5.
Ryan managed to have a spin in corner one soon after, with both Glen and Jarryd getting past Richard in laps 2 and 3 and showing a great turn of speed to catch Fernando…… An intense battle ensued between the three of them for the lead that ultimately landed up in tears with all three of them being involved in an incident in turn 5 on lap 6. This left Richard in the lead, but being hotly pursued by a charging Ryan who managed to get past Shane into 2nd on the track.
So Richard and Shane had their best finishes in the formula, with Ryan taking the overall points for the day.
Nashrene took honors in Bronze with another rock steady drive.
Overall honors for the day:
Gold : Ryan McCarthy
Silver : Richard Starkey
Bronze : Nashrene Schloss
Nope – Lawrence had a clutch issue but not an engine issue. Fernando blew his motor in race 1.