WhatBorder Regional Racing 6 Report
WhereEast London Grand Prix Circuit
WhenSaturday 14 September 2019
CommunityBorder Region, Eastern Province

A splendid day’s racing in East London

The East London Grand Prix Circuit played host to some brilliant local racing on Saturday and the home racing fraternity diced through a splendid spring day when the Border Modifieds, Historic and two-wheelers thrilled a happy home crowd at an idyllic venue. 

The Border Modifieds delivered their races of the year so far as Kean Barnard (GB Harper V8), Francwa Coetzer (Stutt Garage Tigra) and Johan van der Westhuizen (Hi-Way Camaro) delivered a delightful trio of races. Barnard held Coetzer off to take the first race after van der Westhuizen hit trouble to allow Julian Herman (Strictly Polo Turbo) onto the podium, with Troy Marais (Harper) holding off Bruce Butler (HR Focus Nardini) and Brent Strydom (Golf R) for fourth.

Dr. Bevan Choudree (Golf) took Classs C from Jeff Hall (Birkin 7) and Richard Clarke (Motor 1 Honda Civic) with the Class D Golfs of Cherne Marais, Brady Choudree, Sean Heideman and Sharniel Holmes next up ahead of Allan Hurn, Melindre Marais (HR Focus Opel) and Tiaan Coetzer. Race 2 delivered more splendid action as Coetzer took the win from the duelling Barnard and van der Westhuizen, with Herman next up from Strydom, Clarke, Brady Choudree, Marais, Heideman, Holmes, Coetzer, Hurn and Craig Borges after Hall stopped and Bevan Choudree had to be extracted from the Potters Pass outfield thicket.

Kean Barnard struck back over the duelling Coetzer and van der Westhuizen in the final race with Troy Marais holding Herman, Strydom and Richard Clarke off, while Cherne Marais beat off the Brat Pack comprising Brady Choudree, Heideman, Holmes, Hurn, Borges, Hall and Tiaan Coetzer a little further back.

Derek Boy drove his glorious Chevy Can Am to the first Border Historics race win ahead of Mathew and Alec Gudmanz  and Danian Staffan’s Ford Capri Peranas in a glorious display of epic special South African V8 power. Quinton Bates, Quentin Lessing and Gary Schultz' Ford Escorts were next home ahead of Kyle Hart and Graham Lessing and the delayed Mike Forsyth (Backdraft Cobra), Donnovan Collins  (BMW 635CSi) and Darron Gudmanz (Car Connexion Mazda), who ran out of tyres. Darron Gudmanz then swapped to his dad’s Capri Perana and bounced back to beat Staffan, Boy, Forsyth, Alec and Mathew Gudmanz, Wayne Botha,  Lessing, Collins and Bates in race 2.

There was also some great two-wheeled action on the day as Travis Naude raced to Unlimited Motorcycles victory over Nathan Ashington, Gerrit Nel, Travis Warne, Chris Webster, Bradley Rehse, Wade Wright and Lodewyk Hattingh, while Wright took Clubmans honours over Nel, Havenga and Hattingh.

With the Border race season heading into its twilight zone, it's all to fight for at the seventh round races on 26 October, before South Africa’s oldest motor race, the annual Border 100 closes off a fine year of East London motor racing on 14 December.


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