|What||South African Motorsport Wrap|
|When||28-29 February 2020|
|Community||South Africa National|
SACC, Border track & Gauteng karts star
The leap year South African motorsport weekend saw former SA Moto2 rider Steven Odendaal make his World Supersport debut off seventh place on the grid in the Australian season-opener at Phillip Island before racing his EAB Ten Kate Yamaha to seventh in spite of a 2.5 second pit lane speed penalty incurred in his compulsory stop.
Local action was topped by the treacherous and sodden national Cross Country Auto championship opening Dullstroom 400, where defending Production Vehicle champions Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings escaped hitting a tree late in the race to hold Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux teammates Giniel de Villiers and Spanish navigator Alex Haro off for the win. Lance Woolridge and Elvéne Vonk (Ford Castrol Ranger) ended up third from Chris Visser and Danie Stassen (Total Hilux).
Johan and Werner Horn (Malalane Hilux) took Class T from Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau (Total Hilux), Wors Prinsloo and André Vermeulen (Ranger) and Terence Marsh and Letshego Zulu (Red-Lined Navara), while Clint Gibson and Alaric Smith (Stryker) took Special vehicle honours and Dean Bradbury and Timmy Botes (Rotex) won the side-by-side Class G.
The East London Grand Prix Circuit opened the Border regional race season as PE youngster Chassen Bright and local lad Bradley van Zummeren shared a Class A McLaren and Bright won the opening Modified race, but van Zummeren hit trouble in race 2 to let Dean Ball's Class B Caterham take the win. Bright won race 3, but second was enough for Ball to take the day, while Richard Clarke (Honda) took Class C, Mornay Swanepoel (BMW) Class D and Allen Hurn (Golf) Class E for the day.
Danian Staffen powered his Capri Perana to Border Historic Saloon Car honours from Matthew Gudmanz’ similar car and Mike Forsyth’s Cobra, while Escort men Chris Landman took Class B, Graham Lessing Class C and Shane Fantham D and Kyle Rose (Anglia) won Class E. Jason Lamb (Kawasaki) took the Motorcycle win from Yamaha men Chris Webster and Bradley Rhese.
The Northern Regions Rotax Max Karting Championship meanwhile kicked off at Benoni’s brand new Formula K raceway, where Jonathan Pieterse beat Master Nicholas Verheul 2 races to 1 to take DD2, while Cameron O’Connor and Aqil Alibhai took three wins each to take Senior and Junior Max honours. It was dramatic in Mini Max as Troy Snyman fought Ghazi Motlekar off two races to one, while Ntiyiso Mabunda took a surprise 3-race Micro Max win, MJ Thekiso beat Manelisi Nkomo two wins to one to take baby Bambino and Llewellyn Sutherland won Clubmans.
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