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MOTUL Clubmans

15/16 Feb 2019

Round 1 of the Motul Clubmans Championship got underway on February 15-16, at the fast and technical Red Star Raceway.  Three practice sessions on Friday allowed drivers the opportunity to get to grips with the cooler conditions, resulting from the adverse Gauteng weather experienced in the lead up to the weekend. Despite heavy rain clouds present over the circuit on Friday, the track remained dry throughout the practice day.

On Saturday morning nineteen competitors took to the track for the 15-minute qualifying session.  Twenty-three-year-old, Dewald Brummer, who had previously competed in the national Engen Volkswagen Cup (2011-2014), made his Motul Clubmans debut.  Brummer wasted no time in settling in and set the fastest time during qualifying in his MAD Racing/Fuchs Lubricants VW Polo.  Brothers, Roan (VW Golf) and Ian Ehlers (VW Polo), both from the FEC Racing stable, qualified in second and third positions for the season’s opening race.  Adrian Dalton (Xtra Clothing & Shoes VW Golf) managed to qualify in fourth, with Louis Cloete (AMS Tuning VW Beetle) and Duane Brown (Brown’s Auto Ford Icon) making up the top six positions on the grid.

Race 1 saw all nineteen competitors take to grid for the customary rolling start around the anti-clockwise layout of the circuit.  Damp conditions at the start of the race, however, saw the more powerful turbocharged cars battling to put the power down onto the circuit.  With a host of tight corners and fast straights; inclusive of one of the longest straights in South African motorsport, Red Star Raceway provides advantages for both turbocharged and normally aspirated cars on a single lap. Brummer managed to pass Ian Ehlers for the lead in the tighter in-field section, a lead he held briefly. As he entered into the final corner on the opening lap, his VW Polo’s accelerator got stuck, forcing him to lose control of the car. He rejoined the circuit in the fifth position but was passed by a charging Dalton before the start/finish line.  By the end of an exciting opening lap, Ian Ehlers led Cloete, with brother Roan battling Giles Darroch (GRD Motorsport/NEPIC VW Golf) for the third position.  Dalton, who briefly held the second position during the opening stages of Lap 1, had an off-track excursion of his own, forcing him to the seventh position.

As the laps counted down, the circuit offered increasing grip which saw Ian Ehlers and Dalton use all the horsepower offered to them from their turbocharged cars.  Brummer, however, was on a charge and had made up two places by Lap 3 and was in pursuit of Cloete.  Dalton too moved up to take the second position from Cloete at the halfway mark.  Cloete, who drove consistently well throughout, would eventually finish in second with Brummer recovering from his opening-lap problem to finish in the final podium position.  Ian Ehlers, retired from the lead of the race on Lap 6 citing fuel issues, giving Dalton the lead and eventual win.

Class A:

  1. Adrian Dalton (Xtra Clothing & Shoes VW Golf)

Class B:

  1. Louis Cloete (AMS Tuning VW Beetle)
  2. Dewald Brummer (MAD Racing/Fuchs Lubricants VW Polo)
  3. Roan Ehlers (FEC Racing VW Golf)

Class C:

  1. Giles Darroch (GRD Motorsport/NEPIC VW Golf)
  2. Paul van Niekerk (VW Golf)

Class D:

  1. Johan van der Vyfer (DEVLAW Subaru)
  2. Wayne Lebotschy (Shield VW Golf))
  3. Keanu Venter (Acrotek LR Supplies VW Golf)

Class E:

  1. Andre Diedericks (Elf Trans Mini)
  2. Marius Jacobs (AAA Recovery Centre )

Class F:

  1. Duane Brown (Brown’s Auto Ford Icon)
  2. Roland Hopkins (Rietchard Scrap Metals VW Golf)
  3. Lourens Verwey (Elf Trans VW Golf)

The start of the second race was delayed by several minutes due to inclement weather with competitors already lined up on the grid.  Drivers were given an opening sighting lap as well as a warm-up lap before the race was given the green light.  The track, now completely wet, offered little grip and; not playing into the hands of the turbocharged competitors.  Dalton started from pole position, followed by Cloete and Roan Ehlers in second and third places respectively.  Brummer, one of the outstanding drivers from Race 1, started in P4 but soon found himself leading the race on Lap 2.  He negotiated the slippery conditions well and passed Dalton for the lead at Turn 11.  Brummer was then able to build a substantial lead as Cloete, Dalton and Roan Ehlers tussled for the second position.

Brummer drove faultlessly to win the race ahead of Dalton and Cloete.  With only a few corners left, Cloete’s VW Beetle suffered a gearbox problem, leaving him without third gear.  A charging Dalton, who himself had a damaged car, was able to capitalise on Cloete’s misfortune, which saw Dalton pass Cloete within metres of the chequered flag.  On the penultimate lap, contact occurred between Dalton and Roan Ehlers in the in-field section, leaving Ehlers to retire his VW Golf.  Dalton only realised the extent of the damage to his car upon his return to his pit area after the race was completed.  A bent axle and broken rim, the evidence of the incident.  Ehlers’ retirement was caused by a steering issue, a direct result from the on-track incident.

Due to the field being fairly spread out around the long circuit, not many in-class battles occurred.  One exception, however, was the second-place battle in Class F between Roelf van Kooij and Roland Hopkins.

During the post-race interview, Brummer stated the following regarding the opening laps: “I was quite happy with the surface. It was quite good, despite some standing water on the exit of Turn 4.  I managed to get a good start, close the gap on the turbocharged cars in the middle section of the circuit and eventually pass them.  Once I passed them, I managed to maintain the gap. We’re quite happy with today’s result.”

Class A:

  1. Adrian Dalton (Xtra Clothing & Shoes VW Golf)

Class B:

  1. Dewald Brummer (MAD Racing/Fuchs Lubricants VW Polo)
  2. Louis Cloete (AMS Tuning VW Beetle)
  3. Roan Ehlers (FEC Racing VW Golf) – Classified finished

Class C:

  1. Giles Darroch (GRD Motorsport/NEPIC VW Golf)
  2. Paul van Niekerk (VW Golf)

Class D:

  1. Keanu Venter (Acrotek LR Supplies VW Golf)
  2. Johan van der Vyfer (DEVLAW Subaru)

Class E:

  1. Marius Jacobs (AAA Recovery Centre )
  2. Andre Diedericks (Elf Trans Mini)

Class F:

  1. Duane Brown (Brown’s Auto Ford Icon)
  2. Roelf van Kooij
  3. Roland Hopkins (Rietchard Scrap Metals VW Golf)

Overall results for Round 1 of the Motul South Africa Clubmans Championship:

Class A: Adrian Dalton

Class B:

  1. Dewald Brummer
  2. Louis Cloete
  3. Roan Ehlers

Class C:

  1. Giles Darroch
  2. Paul van Niekerk

Class D:

  1. Johan van der Vyfer
  2.  Wayne Lebotschy

Class E:

  1. Andre Diedericks
  2. Keanu Venter
  3. Marius Jacobs

Class F:

  1. Duane Brown
  2. Roland Hopkins
  3. Roelf van Kiooj

The 2019 Motul Clubmans Championship is run as part of the ever popular, regional Inland Championship and will be contested over nine rounds during 2019. The next round of the championship will be hosted at Midvaal Raceway on the weekend of March 22-23.

Well done to our winners of our first race of the season at RED STAR. Pics by MOTORSPORT FANATIX

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We are very happy to announce one new sponsor and want to welcome  GRANGE WORKWEAR to Clubmans racing. We also want to thank our other sponsors Motul, Big Boss Auto, Sphere and EV Dynamics who decided to stay with us