Final circuit racing for 2023 slippery and wet

The past weekend once again saw a good turnout of racers at the Tony Rust Race Track for the last leg of the 2023 circuit racing event.

A total of 16 cars in eight different classes participated in the event, with one woman participant – Nadine Liebenberg.

Each circuit consisted of three heats, but rain forced the race to be stopped during the third and last heat.

The chairperson of the Windhoek Motor Club, Richard Slamet, said the first two laps were marred by extreme heat, and the third was abruptly interrupted by a sudden cloudburst.

“We tried to see if we could finish the heat before the rain started to fall down too hard on the tracks. We just finished the warm-up lap, and when the actual race started, it was pouring, and visibility was limited to a few metres.

“It became too risky, and we stopped the heat,” he says.

Slamet says he foresees that 2024 will be a good racing year.

Meanwhile, team Van Rhyn says they cannot wait to return to the tracks next year.

“We have a few upgrades in place. We will basically have a brand new Audi for next year,” says Zaskia Louw.

Another rookie on the tracks, MP Pretorius, who finished in first place in the Super Class, says racing has been his childhood dream, and last weekend’s event was his third race.

“I will try and compete in all the events for the 2024 season,” he says.

He says the weekend’s race was difficult due to the masses of water and visibility issues.

The results are as follows:

Supercars: Pretorius, followed by Slamet in second place

Clubmans A: Team Van Rhyn

Clubmans Class B: First place Michel Rust, second place Hein Bisschoff, and Micheal Strydom in third place

Clubmans Class C: Ewald Bisschoff, and Geh Visagie in second place

Clubmans Class D: Clive Strydom in firts place, and Andrè Havenga second

Clubmans Class E: Pieter Greeff

Clubmans Class F: Craig Bisschoff in first place, followed by Marius van Zyl

Clubmans Class X: Liebenberg

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