QUIN” TAKES 2 IN A ROW
The Track: Welkom Oval Track
The Date: 1st March 2003
The Event: The Third round of the 2003 Wynn’s
Sprint Car Thunder series.
Hot, O = Oval, T
= Track. “HOT” This is how it was, and this is how it
was going to be. St Nick must have been out in full force. He must have known the “Wynn’s Sprint
Cars” were coming to town and he was not going to miss out on this action. A full field pitched up
and once again you new it would be a night to remember.
The racing surface took no hostages and tires would
become a crucial factor. The qualifying session approached and soon it was decided who would be
leading the pack. It seemed that St Nick not only wanted the weather his way, so a stick in the
spokes, or should I say a rod through the block was imposed on Ivan Gray. A sad sight as they pushed
the car off the track followed by a nasty oil strip. Anton Coetzee broke a drive line which
prematurely ended his day. For the second week in succession Quintin Saayman snatched pole turning a
13-78 on the banked oval.
Qualify positions were as follows: 1st
Quintin Saayman, 2nd Kenny Gouws, 3rd Cedric Saffy, 4th
Willem Zurich, 5th David Gobey, 6th Edward Saayman, 7th
Alan Saffy, 8th Stan Hodkinson, 9th Johan Beukes, 10th Christopher
Pieterse, 11th Johan Strause & 12th Frank Du Plessis
Heat Race 1 Results: 1st Willem Zurich,
2nd Kenny Gouws, 3rd Edward Saayman, 4th Frank Du Plessis & 5th
Heat Race 2 Results: 1st Johan Beukes, 2nd
David Gobey, 3rd Quintin Saayman, 4th Cedric Saffy & 5th Alan
Six drivers missed the transfer spot and had to
participate in the “B” Main and work there way back into the “A” Main.
B-Main Results: 1st Alan Saffy, 2nd
Cedric Saffy, 3rd Stan Hodkinson, 4th Warrick Thompson, 5th Frank
Du Plessis & 6th Johan Strause.
Interval arrived and soon passed. On the cards, a
hair raising event that Welkom had not seen since the first robot had been installed some years
back. The traditional SCRA three-wide salute once again had the crowds on their feet.
The start saw Saayman heading into the turn one
with the field followed closely behind. Kenny Gouws had to fend as Cedric Saffy pushed hard from
behind and was not about to settle for the third spot. Running fourth, Willem Zurich had Edward
Saayman on his tail. Edward got the jump on David Gobey passing him on the start. David had to
settle for sixth as there was no space for error from the two drivers ahead. The Welkom Oval had
drivers setting quick times one on another. 5 Laps into the “A” Main, the leaders found
themselves lapping back markers. This was to count in Saffy’s favour when Gouws got held up by a
slower car. Saffy took full advantage of the situation, passing Gouws into turn one.
20 Lap “A” Main Final Positions: Quintin
Saayman, Cedric Saffy, Kenny Gouws, Willem Zurich, Edward Saayman, David Gobey, Alan Saffy, Stan
Hodkinson, Johan Beukes, Johan Niemand, Frank Du Plessis &
Series Points: Q-Saayman(55) C-Saffy(52)
K-Gouws(46) E-Saayman(39) A-Saffy(37) W-Zurich(31) J-Beukes(28)
S-Hodkinson(28) D-Gobey(24) I-Gray(21) A-Coetzee(17) C-Pieterse(16) J-Strause(13)
Next Meeting: Klerksdorp Oval - 12 April 2003.