Zwartkops race report

SASCAR ace stars in SAMCAR 2001.0609 Barry de Klerk SASCAR star Johan Fourie dominated on his return to the Wesbank SA Modified Car series at Zwartkops raceway. Fourie won both races, the only blemish to his weekend being that Ben Morgenrood ...

Zwartkops race report

SASCAR ace stars in SAMCAR 2001.0609

Barry de Klerk

SASCAR star Johan Fourie dominated on his return to the Wesbank SA Modified Car series at Zwartkops raceway. Fourie won both races, the only blemish to his weekend being that Ben Morgenrood beat him to pole.

Fourie, whose car was run by SASCAR constructor Jimmy Price, returned to the Wesbank V8 series in former champion Gary Formato's car, this being the start of a campaign to give him international exposure. According to Price the Wesbank series is a very competitive, helped by manufacturer involvement in that series.

The Zwartkops races introduced superpole style individual qualifying runs to the Wesbank series. Veteran Ben Morgenrood was fastest, followed by the similar Mustang of Fourie, then the Camaro of Botma and the Opel Astra of production and touring car ace Shaun Watson-Smith.

Races

Heat one saw Morgenrood lead from pole, followed by Fourie. For 14 laps the Fourie tried to pass Morgenrood, managing on more than one occasion to come alongside at the hairpin, with Morgenrood's better acceleration enabling him to stay ahead.

Larry Wilford and Sarel van der Merwe followed the side by side racing leaders. At this stage it was Ford Mustangs first to fourth. Behind the Ford cavalcade the two Opels sandwiched Hepburn's Camaro, with Watson Smith leading the trio. After an unsuccessful Hepburn move on Watson-Smith, the Opels were left to battle for 5th.

Finally, just as it appeared that Morgenrood had the race won, persistence for Fourie, when on the last turn he got on the inside of Morgenrood, and forced his way past.to win by a length.

Heat 2 was a Johan Fourie benefit. He won comfortably from pole. Behind him came Ben Morgenrood, fighting off Hennie Groenewald. However, Groenewald ended up 11th after receiving a 30 second penalty for passing Van der Merwe under yellow flags caused by the Ray Wilford crash.

This crash led to a pace car period, and just after the race went green Hepburn punted Joubert off the track trying to overtake, which moved Joubert to the tail of the field. He was joined at the back by Gugu Zulu's SASOL Ford Mustang which had to pit with loose bodywork. Zulu's team mate Van der Merwe had a bad day at the office, failing to overcome a below par qualifying performance.

Including the SASCAR races a few weeks back, Fourie has now won 4 out of 4 races at Zwartkops.

The next two rounds will be at the Phakisa Freeway on 30 June.

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Superpole times

Ben Morgenrood Ford Mustang 1:01.572

 Johan Fourie Ford Mustang 1:01.609 Riaan Botma Chevrolet Camaro 1:01.900 Shaun Watson-Smith Opel Astra Coupe 1:01.935 Larry Wilford Ford Mustang 1:02.147 Hennie Groenewald Chevrolet Camaro 1:02.237 

Heat 1 results

 Johan Fourie Ford Mustang Ben Morgenrood Ford Mustang Larry Wilford Ford Mustang Sarel van der Mrwe Ford Mustang Shaun Watson-Smith Opel Astra Coupe Deon Joubert  Opel Astra Coupe 

Heat 2 Results

 Johan Fourie Ford Mustang Ben Morgenrood Ford Mustang Riaan Botma Chevrolet Camaro Larry Wilford Ford Mustang Derek van Blerk Ford Mustang Shaun Watson-Smith Opel Astra Coupe 

Point Standings top 10

 Ben Morgenrood 110 Sarel van der Merwe 101 Willie Hepburn 84 Larry Wilford 80 Riaan Botma 71 Deon Joubert 41 Shaun Watson-Smith 40 Johan Fourie 40 Derek van Blerk 39 Martin van Zummerin 38 

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