The Killarney circuit on Saturday was the scene of some great competition as the production cars rolled into town and the veterans, Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde, shared the Class A spoils.

The Killarney circuit on Saturday was the scene of some great competition as the production cars rolled into town and the veterans, Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde, shared the Class A spoils.

With 34 entries for the new three-class structure, rounds three and four of the championship were hotly contested.

At the front end of the field, works Castrol BMW 330I drivers Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde took turns to win the respective Class A races, running nose-to-tail throughout both of the 12-lap stints.

In the opening race, their closest challenger was local ace Steve Wyndham in his factory Novel Ford Falcon XR8.

In the latter half of the race, Wyndham beat off a strong challenge by Kaye-Eddie BMW 330i drivers Reghardt Roets and Steven Morris, with the Squadra Corse LG Alfa Romeo 156 GTA of Marco da Cunha hot on their heels.

All was not well at the Alfa Romeo garage this weekend as the two 147 GTA's of Morne Jurgens and Martin Steyn were not allowed to race.

While they had been allowed to practice and qualify, outstanding homologation issues meant they were not allowed to race.

"As Fiat Auto South Africa, we are sad that our Alfa 147s were not allowed to race," said Giorgio Gorelli, managing director of Fiat Auto SA. "It is sad for the team that put so much effort into preparing the cars for the event after a lot of development from Kyalami and sad for the drivers who were unable to show them off.

"We don't understand how the cars were allowed to practice and qualify and then not be allowed to race," continued Gorelli. "We hope the problem will be resolved soon so as to avoid a similar occurrence in the future."

Meanwhile, things also did not seem to go smoothly for the rest of the field the second time round as Van der Linde led Taylor to victory.

After eight laps, Wyndham’s Ford was forced to retire with broken rear suspension and Morris and Da Cunha became entangled on lap nine.

These events left Reghardt Roets to claim the third spot, followed by Robbie Smith in the third Kaye-Eddie BMW 330i, Leeroy Poulter in the Champion Mercedes-Benz C320 and privateer Richard Sorensen in his BMW 330i.

In Class B, the war continued between Clynton Weston (Furman Glass Ford Focus ST170) and Shaun van der Linde in the factory Castrol MINI Cooper S.

Van der Linde again won both races to emerge as the clear overall leader in the championship.

In both races, Brian Martin in the Havoline Toyota RunX RSi finished third followed by Craig Nicholson (SABAT MINI Cooper S) and Phillip Kekana (Sasol Toyota RunX RSi).

Shane Williams (Trident Press Ford Ikon 1,6 RSi) fended off an attack by Dave Compton (BumperTech Toyota Tazz 1600) and Angus Thompson (VW CitiGolf 1,6I) to finish first in the first Class C race.

Miguel Pasqualli (M&R Ikon 1,6I) and Fanie de Bruin (Makita Ikon 1,6I) followed the leaders to the line.

The start of the second race was disrupted when Thompson’s VW bogged down as the lights turned green and the virtually stationary CitiGolf was eventually hit from behind by Rob Preuss, with both drivers retiring on the spot.

Compton was then left to take an effortless victory ahead of Pasqualli, de Bruin and Williams, who also bagged the CAR magazine Rookie of the Day award.

Doug Reekie (ConfigOnline Honda Ballade 180I) won both of the Honda Cup races ahead of Lawrence Boshoff (Net IQ Ballade 180I.)

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