Andre De Kock
Motorsport Editor
2 minute read
4 Nov 2013
9:00 am

Season ends on high note at Kyalami

Andre De Kock

This year's Super Series ended on a successful note at Kyalami on Saturday.

GREAT DRIVE. Etienne van der Linde drove brilliantly at Kyalami on Saturday, to win this year's final Bridgestone Production Car race in his Afrox BMW 335i. Picture: Meghan McCabe.

By charging spectators an admission fee of only R20 per car and R10 per motorcycle, the event organisers decided to woo crowd attendance rather than focus on profit. It worked and crowds streamed through the gates and were rewarded with some excellent motorsport action.

Four national titles were settled in a spectacular manner with close racing the norm throughout.

1 Topping the list, the Bridgestone Production Car championship crowned two new title holders. Michael Stephen tied up the Class A title by scoring a second and a third place in his Engen Xtreme Audi S4. But it was not all plain sailing. The Stephen’s Audi suffered a holed radiator in the day’s opening race and he finished in a lowly 14th place. He then swapped cars with his Engen Xtreme Audi team-mate, Tschops Sipuka, and fought back in the two remaining races to take the title.

Johan Fourie (Afrox BMW 335i) won the opening race, while Etienne van der Linde took the other two victories in his identical BMW.

Graeme Nathan (IndyOil Golf GTI) clinched the Class T title with a victory and a second place in the day’s first two races. It was just as well since Nathan’s car went into limp mode in the final heat dropping him well down the order.

The other two race winners in the class were Jacques Joubert (IndyOil Golf GTI) and Lee Thompson (Castrol MINI Cooper S).

1 Franco di Matteo (Varta Batteries Jaguar) won the opening Sports and GT V8 races from Ben Morgenrood (IndyOil Mustang), Roelf du Plessis (Chev Corvette) and Mackie Adlem (Adlem Auto Jaguar). The result was enough to give the veteran Morgenrood the title.

In race two, Di Matteo led home Adlem and Morgenrood.

1 Rui Campos (Hollard Shelby won the first Sports Car race from Thomas Reib (Q NOMY Shelby) and Andrew Strike (Strike 1 Shelby). Ferdi van Niekerk (Motorola Cordless Shelby) won the second time around, leading home Andrew Strike and Thomas Reib.

1 F1600 title contender Jason Campos crashed his Etana Duratec during the morning’s official qualifying session, and the team worked frantically to get his car ready for the opening race. They managed, but the car broke on the first lap leaving Graham Hepburn (Suburban Body Mygale) to win from Bevan Williams (Rightway Auto Mygale) and Keegan Campos (Etana Duratec).

Jason Campos returned to the fray in race two, scythed through the field from the back and finished second behind Keegan Campos. The result was just enough to crown Jason as the champion.

1 Already crowned 2013 champion Robert Wolk (Midas FVW) took the first Formula VW victory from Nicholas van Weely (Anglorand FVW) and Werner Scholtz (Motorvia FVW). Van Weely won the second time around, leading home Wolk and Sebastian Lanzetti (HRS Insurance FVW).

1 Mark Silverwood (RTT Polo) took the first Engen Volkswagen Cup victory from Kosie Weyers (Engen Primax Polo) and Jordan Pepper (PG Glass Polo). Lee Thompson (VW Polo) won the second time around, followed by Dewald Brummer (MAD Polo) and Trevor Bland (Alpine Motors Polo).