1989 – 2014 25th Anniversary Year

1989 – 2014
Anniversary Year
James Hurley (The Starter Pack
Company Polo) had another perfect race
meeting at Kyalami on Saturday, 23
August extending his already
considerable lead on the 2014 Comsol
VW Challenge championship log.
Qualifying took place early in the
morning with the air temperature in the
low single figures. The cold track and
cold tyres caught out a few of the competitors and the session was red flagged while
Brad Hall’s Piazza Motorsport Polo was removed from the kitty litter at Clubhouse
Once the session restarted Rory Atkinson (Comsol Polo) topped the class A time
sheets after the first flying lap but Hurley saved his best effort for his final tour to
grab pole by nearly four tenths of a second. Derek Smalberger (Sabertek / Tyremart
VW Beetle) ended the session with the third fastest time just ahead of Iain Stevenson
in the second Comsol Polo. Peet Visagie (VW Polo) and Gavin Ross (Norbrake Polo)
rounded out the top six.
In class B Lyle Ramsay claimed pole in his unsponsored Polo ahead of Gerhard
Henning (All Toyota Parts Polo) with Darren Nathan (Sex Trader Polo) and Tyrell
Govindsamy (Petroplast International Polo) filling the second row.
Class C championship leader Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Golf) was nearly four
tenths of a second quicker than Jacques Smith (Triplicon Construction / ELB
Construction / UTI Logistics Polo) to head the class C field. Jakes Jacobs (Nathan’s
Motorsport Polo) and Elke van Vledder (VW Golf 1) were in close attendance.
When the lights went out to signal the start of the first race it Hurley and Atkinson
who opened a gap on the rest of the field. It looked like the fight would be between
the two of them but a mistake through turn two by Atkinson dropped him down the
field. Hurley could then control things from the front and cruised to a comfortable
win. Smalberger had his best result of the season coming home in second ahead of
Waldie Meintjies (Performance Masters / Marty’s Body & Spray Polo). Atkinson
recovered to finish fourth ahead of team mate Stevenson.
Ramsay looked to have things going all
his own way in class B, opening up a
five second gap over the rest of the field
but a clutch problem made it difficult for
him to change gear and allowed Henning
through to take the win. Ramsay did
manage to hold off Govindsamy to take
second. Nathan, who had gearbox
problems that prevented him mounting a
serious challenge for the lead, came
home in fourth. Ryan Tholet (VW Polo) and Andy Gosman (Chamdor Veridot &
Police Clearance Golf) rounded out the top six.
Class C pole sitter van Zyl did not have a great start and the early fight at the front of
the field was between Jacobs and Smith. Van Zyl set the fastest class C lap of the race
on his charge back to the front and took the flag from Jacobs. Smith had to settle for
third ahead of Wayne Crous (X35 Energy Drink Polo). Wouter Roos (Nathan’s
Motorsport Polo) and Gina Munro (VW Golf) completed the top six.
Two big accidents, which luckily left the
drivers unscathed, were the hallmark of
the second race. Van Zyl went wide
going through turn two, hit a bump of the
outside of the track and was then just a
passenger as his car eventually end up in
the fence at turn three. A few laps later
Elna Croeser had a front wheel bearing
fail in her Polo. When she tried to slow
down for turn three she had no brakes
and flew through the kitty litter and into the tyre barrier.
On the track Hurley and Atkinson resumed their battle in class A with Hurley again
victorious, albeit by less than a second. Meintjies was third ahead of Smalberger with
Stevenson and Ross fifth and sixth.
Ramsay had no clutch problems in the second race and took a comfortable class B
win. Henning ended second ahead of Govindsamy. Nathan, Tholet and Gosman were
again fourth, fifth and sixth.
Wayne Crous was the early class C leader after van Zyl again had a poor start but it
didn’t take long for Jacobs and Smith to get past him. This time it was Smith who
took the chequered flag from Jacobs with Elke van Vledder (VW Golf 1) in third.
Henry van Vledder brought his Golf 2 home in fourth followed by Crous and Wanye
Masters (Performance Masters Golf 1).
Overall wins for the day went to Hurley in class A and Ramsay in class B. Jacobs did
enough in class C to take the win from Smith.
Hurley now has a 28 point lead over Ramsay in the overall championship with Nathan
a further 11 points back.
The VW Challenge returns to Kyalami for the seventh round of the 2014
championship on 24 September 2014.
Overall Points
James Hurley
Lyle Ramsay
Darren Nathan
Rory Atkinson
Waldie Meintjes
Francois van Zyl
Jacques Smith
Elke van Vledder
Gerhand Henning
Henry van Vledder