On the 17th and 18th of May, our MPC race formed part of the Historic Championship held at the Zwartkops Raceway and made for a good day’s racing.
Friday’s practise went smoothly with only a few minor adjustments that needed to be made so that the car was dialled in for qualifying Saturday morning and was running in the low 1.15 seconds.
Qualifying went well and we were 2nd in class and missed 1st position by a fraction of a second, which meant we would have our work cut out for us in Heat 1 and 2.
Heat 1 was a jam-packed grid with close to 30 cars, which meant that it was going to be chaos right from the start and I would have to be on the button to avoid being overtaken and then squashed into the hairpin at turn 2, but still we were fortunate that everything worked out according to plan.
I managed to get to the front of the class and held onto first place till the end of the 10 laps, which wasn’t without a nudge and a scratch.
With the day ending and darkness knocking on the door, Heat 2 got underway with a revered class grid which I must say, without proper lighting, is daunting for the slower cars on the grid as the quicker cars creep up on you like kamikaze pilots. On the fag dropping I managed to jump into reasonable position behind George Economides and keep some of the wolfs at bay behind me for a lap or two before been squeezed into coroner and hitting a kerb extremely hard, this I think led to a rising joint failure when hitting the breaks at turn 8 which unfortunately meant the end of the race for me… what a pity as all was on song for an overall class victory and I was well positioned for the Index …that’s racing.
Written by Wayne Lebotschy