|What||Border 100 Race Report|
|Where||East London Grand Prix Circuit|
|When||Saturday 14 December 2019|
|Community||South Africa National|
SA’s oldest race closes a racing decade
Andrew Culbert (Bigfoot Porsche 911 GT3) did the double on Saturday as he drove his Bigfoot Porsche 911 GT3 to back to back victory at the oldest race in South Africa. 2018 winner put his Porsche on pole position before dealing with Trevor Frost (Ligier JS49) and Bigfoot Porsche teammate Sun Moodley to tame a second Border 100 win in succession to bring the 2019 SA circuit racing season and the racing decade to a close at East London’s picturesque Grand Prix Circuit.
Culbert qualified his Porsche on pole position ahead of Carl Boshoff (Lotus 7), Moodley and Mo Mia in another Porsche GT3, but the race up front was joined by Culbert, Frost and Moodley, all of whom took a chance in the lead, but a caution period at two-thirds distance saw Culbert emerge in a lead he would not forsake to win by 24 seconds from Frost with Moodley third a further 12 seconds adrift in a reshuffled result of the 2018 result, where Moodley ended second from Frost...
Local man Quentin Lessing brought his tin-top winning Treadz Tyres Mitsubishi Lancer Evo home fourth overall, 2 laps with SA Endurance stalwart Klippies Krige and le Roux in pursuit in their Caterham 7 and another local crew, Gary and Michael Marais (Harper) fifth ahead of Ian Thomson (Opel Rekord). Mayson Moodley (Porsche 911 GT3), Hennie Trollip (Lotus 7) and Mark Futcher (Birkin 7) closed off the top ten ahead of Rajendren Naidoo (BMW) and Rob Mordaunt (Lotus 7).
Two more Porsche 911 GT3s followed them home in the hands of Neerajh Ghazi and Graham and Tanya du Toit, while John Bronner (Alfa Junior), Sharniel Holmes and Dean Crous (Golf), Johan van der Westhuizen (Camaro), Mike Gaines (Escort), Dave Burton (Golf) and Clyde Flanagan (Kadett) all made it to the finish in a race of surprising attrition.
The Border 100 also traditionally hosts a motorcycle race, where Kawasaki racer Jayson Lamb cleared off to win the 26-lapper in 37 minutes and 51 seconds from Travis Naude (Kawasaki) with Pierre le Roux (Kawasaki) a lap down in third. Yamaha men Chris Webster and Bradley Rehse (Yamaha) were next up on the same lap, with Kawasaki trio Graigen Nel Oliver McKay and Lodewyk Hattingh in pursuit ahead of Darryll Alberts, Martin Minnie and Michael Smal.
It was a good weekend all-round for the Durban-based Bigfoot team as Sun Moodley also took his Porsche to both Modified sprint races from Class B winner Julian Herman’s powerful Polo turbo, Class C top man Christopher Farley’s BMW M3 and Brent Strydom (Golf R) both times. Fourth man Ian Thomson (Rekord) took Class D ahead of Allan Spies (Lotus 7), while Neerajh Ghazi and Mo Mia shared their Porsche GT3 to sixth in the two races.
PE visitor Marais Ellis (BMW) was eighth from Bevan Choudree (Polo) and Cameron Hall (BMW) in race 1, while Charne Marais (Lotus 7), Gary Schultz (Nissan) and Quentin Lessing Escort closed off the top ten in the second race and Rajendren Naidoo (BMW) won both races in Class E.
Danian Staffen (Capri Perana) trotted off to two well supported historic car wins from Mike Forsyth. Class B winner Alec Gudmanz held Johan Barnard, Wayne Botha (Escort) and Christopher Radloff (Toyota) off in heat 1, while Manfred Schroder (Escort) took Class C, Mark Schulpfort (Opel Commodore) D and Shane Fantham (Escort) E. Botha as third from Barnard in heat 2, with Boy, Landman, Radloff next up, while Schroder, Schulpfort and Fantham claimed the smaller classes again.
Two open-tops only races catering for Lotus, Birkin and Caterham sevens saw Carl Boshoff take the first race from John Oliver, Allan Spies, Mark Futcher, Charne Marais and Phil Clarke, before Futcher took heat 2 from Spies, Oliver, Marais, Matt de Silva and Phil Clarke.
Back on two wheels, Kawasaki duo Travis Naude and Jayson Lamb (Kawasaki) ran in 1-2 in both Unlimited Motorcycle races with Chris Webster (Yamaha) third from Pierre le Roux (Kawasaki), Bradley Rehse (Yamaha) and Nathan Ashingston (Yamaha) in the first race before le Roux beat Webster, Ashingston and Rehse to third in race 2.
Graigen Nel (Kawasaki) meanwhile took both Clubmans motorcycle wins quite comfortably ahead of an entertaining fight for second each time. Lodewyk Hattingh (Kawasaki) beat Gerrie Havenga (Suzuki) and Oliver McKay (Kawasaki) to second in race 1 with John Quinn (Ducati) next up from Darryll Alberts, while Quinn was second from Alberts, Havenga, McKay and Hattingh in race 2.
Not only did the Border 100 bring another year of South African motor racing to a close, but it also brings the curtain down on a decade of motorsport. It all starts all over again early in the new year - watch this space!
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