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KZNRRC delivers a dose of adrenalin

18.04.2017

The highlights of the KZN Road Racing Club's April meeting at the Dezzi Raceway near Port Shepstone, were definitely the combined Retro, Open Wheels and Super GT class races.

These saw 40-year-old Alfas, Ford Anglias and Escorts, Renaults and other characterful cars of yore sharing the track and sometimes slugging it out with the Open Wheels and Super GT cars on the track, even if they were racing in a class of their own.

Pietermaritzburg lawyer Adrian Moore did battle in his Lotus 7 and Nakita Nell in her bright green Ford Escort waged war with her grandfather, Mathys Nell, in a Ford Anglia of similar hue.  In the end, Grant Duckham won the Retro class in the Pat Duckham Motors Ford Escort, followed by Meredith and Quentin Willis.  

The car classes in general were set upon by various gremlins which led to a number of cars being side-lined. Denver Branders' Toyota suffered a burst water pipe in the first round and overheated, while Mike McLoughlin's raucous and much fancied Backdraft Racing Cobra popped its brand new turbo in the first race. His teammate, Duncan Day, didn't even make it to the start in the other Backdraft Cobra because of problems with engine preparation late the night before.

Duncan didn't get bored though - he's also a habitual front runner in the motorcycle classes and took second place in the Open class on his Yamaha WR 450 powered special. Star of the show in that class was Roy Hallet on his beautifully crafted Honda CR450 special.

Ex-250cc karting champion Brian Penney had no problems with his super quick turbocharged Nissan 350Z, but his body let him down by succumbing to a bout of bronchitis in the days beforehand, so he let Brett Maurice drive his car in the Time Attack, where he claimed third place behind Zahid Hassim and Duncan Dos Reis.

Another potential winner, Flying Doctor Stuart Kidgell, was also sidelined from the Super GT class before the racing even started when his Ultima gave problems in practice. 

The next race at Dezzi's is a Bike Fun meeting during the South Coast Bike Fest on 29 April. KZNRRC fans will have to wait until 29 May for the combined meeting.

Article written by Gavin Foster
18.04.2017
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