SARDA Rd4 race report

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The fourth round of the 2016 South-African ORE national championship was hosted at Welkom RC Club over the weekend 09 and 10 September 2016. This indoor asphalt track is the venue that will host the 2018 IFMAR ISTC 1/12 world championship. The track had great traction with a technical but fast layout for the event. Alexander Hagberg’s schedule allowed him to visit South Africa for the third consecutive year to compete and show his skills in the modified touring and the 1/12 modified class. As a result of the 2018 IFMAR worlds being hosted in South Africa, some of the young talented drivers came out of ‘retirement’ to start their qualifying quest for the worlds.

Touring Modified

The touring modified class is steadily growing, and the drivers need to be at their best to qualify for the A Mains. Alexander Hagberg participated as the invitational pro driver, and his presence motivated the South African drivers to push hard and go faster. Alexander showed his world class talent and pace, and dominated the event from practise through qualifying, and also the A finals. The battle for the podium was intense, with great runs from Anderton Smith, Antonio Caroli, Ashley Hurley and Shaun Schutte. The youngster Ashley Hurley showed great pace and consolidated the second place with Shaun Schutte taking the third podium spot. On Sunday Alex consolidated his win in A1 and A2, and then took some more risks in A3 and set a new lap record of 12.8sec. With only one round remaining in the South African championship, XRAY driver Jason Hillcoat is on the brink of winning the SA Championship Title for 2016, after winning round 1 and 3. This may now lead to Jason making it four TC modified titles in a row for XRAY!

The final results for the Modified Touring A-Main:

  1. Alexander Hagberg (TQ) (XRAY)
  2. Ashley Hurley (XRAY)
  3. Shaun Schutte (XRAY)
  4. Anderton Smith (XRAY)
  5. Jacques Myburgh (XRAY)
  6. Hein Kotze (XRAY)
  7. Antonio Caroli (XRAY)
  8. Deon Gove (XRAY)
  9. Willie du Plooy (XRAY)
  10. Jason Hillcoat (XRAY)

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The results for the Modified Touring B-Main:

  1. André Greeff (XRAY)
  2. Juan Landman (XRAY)
  3. Heine Herholdt (XRAY)

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The results for the Modified Touring C-Main:

  1. Hannes Kruger (XRAY)
  2. Willem Janse van Rensburg (VBC Racing)
  3. Johan Wilters (Hot Bodies)

1/12th Scale Modified

The premium 1/12 modified class was spectacular to watch with the multi-European Champion and worlds A finalist Alexander Hagberg leading the field. During practice and racing, Alexander showed his world class skills, talent and speed and dominated the event with superfast and consistent laps. Alexander’s 2015 lap record was set at 12.1sec but with great traction and conditions Alex pushed fast laps and managed to improve his own record to 11.7sec. It was up to XRAY team mates Willie du Plooy, Shaun Schutte and André Greeff to battle for the remaining podium positions.

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The final results for the 1/12th Scale Modified A-Main:

  1. Alexander Hagberg (TQ) (XRAY)
  2. Willie du Plooy (XRAY)
  3. André Greeff (XRAY)
  4. Shaun Schutte (XRAY)
  5. Willie Noordman (XRAY)
  6. Charles Hollander (Yokomo)

Pro-Stock 13.5T Touring (Blinky)

The Pro-stock class was very competitive, with very fast laps recorded by these drivers. XRAY drivers Shaun Schutte and Deon Gove, as well as the championship leader Alexander Ribeiro, all ran sub 14 sec laps which was super-fast and faster than some of the modified drivers. Shaun Schutte managed to take TQ and it was a great battle between him, Deon Gove and Jonathan Wilken in all three finals. Deon eventually managed to win the event with wins in two of the three finals.

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The final results for the Pro-stock 13.5T Touring A-Main:

  1. Deon Gove (XRAY)
  2. Shaun Schutte (TQ) (XRAY)
  3. Jonathan Wilken (XRAY)
  4. Alex Ribeiro (Team Magic)
  5. Charles Hollander (XRAY)
  6. Marius van Niekerk (XRAY)
  7. Juan Wessels (HPI)
  8. Willem Janse van Rensburg (VBC Racing)
  9. Hennie Viljoen (VBC Racing)
  10. Danie Delport (XRAY)

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The results for the Pro-Stock 13.5T Touring B-Main:

  1. Danie Botha (XRAY)
  2. Johan Wilters (Hot Bodies)
  3. Bianca Landman (XRAY)

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The results for the Pro-Stock 13.5T Touring C-Main:

  1. Werner Landman (XRAY)
  2. Ben Kriegler (XRAY)
  3. Fanie Viljoen Jnr (VBC Racing)

Formula 1 – 21.5T

The popularity of the Formula 1 class is increasing! It was the usual fast guys Jonathan Wilken, Pedro de Gouveia and Tyronne Wilken, who showed great pace from the start. Pedro managed to take the TQ, and eventually went on to win A1 and 2, with fast and consistent running, and also fending back a hard charging Jonathan Wilken, who also runs an XRAY X1. These drivers were closely followed by the youngsters Marius van Niekerk and Tyronne Wilken, with Marius eventually finishing third!

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The final results for the Formula 1 21.5T A-Main:

  1. Pedro de Gouveia (TQ) (XRAY)
  2. Jonathan Wilken (XRAY)
  3. Marius van Niekerk (XRAY)
  4. Tyronne Wilken (XRAY)
  5. Jared Rabe (XRAY)
  6. Michael Rabe (XRAY)
  7. Diederik Kruger (XRAY)
  8. Riaan Truscott (XRAY)

13.5T FWD Touring

The FWD class was dominated by the Eugene Wessels during the weekend, and he eventually took the TQ and win after great consistency throughout his runs. There was a great battle for 2nd and 3rd between Christopher Dolphin, Hennie Viljoen and Fanie Viljoen Snr.

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The final results for the 13.5 FWD Touring A Main:

  1. Eugene Wessels (TQ) (TOP Racing)
  2. Hennie Viljoen (VBC Racing)
  3. Christopher Dolphin (TOP Racing)
  4. Fanie Viljoen snr (VBC Racing)
  5. Paul van der Westhuizen (VBC Racing)
  6. Ben Kriegler (Team Powers)
  7. Fanie Viljoen jnr (TOP Racing)
  8. Sarel Pretorius

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