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Pre-race Report : 20-01-17
  
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It was Manfred Oehl's return race at Kleinplasie and did he dominate! His car broke a shock but was repaired to win in the final. Manfred also races Sascar at CHD which will have their first race on 28 January - Carlo de Lang dominated with a faultless performance in the 2.1 Modifieds - Gawie Hendrikz Jr had an exciting win in the finals. Gawie is also racing at Springbok - Jacques van der Merwe dominated with an overall win in the Super Midgets - Michaela Norman was the one to beat in the ex Hansie Moore Tigra in the Hotrod Class - Tersius van Tonder III Wins in the Minis - Jeanine Swart won in the Pinkrods - Gawie Jacobs had a good final with a win - Wemer vd Merwe struggled in the opening heats but had a win in the finals.


Lochie Eksteen entered with a new car and set a fast pace in the first part of the event but slowed down during the rest of the evening maybe due to an engine he had to run in - Chantall Eksteen could not avoid a spinner in front of her. This did not put her off and after accident repair she continued on to finish the event - After a long drought Gert Ellis had a well deserved win in the final - Tiaan Louw made a welcome appearance at Mega Oval after a long absence from Kleinplasie. His car was not quite on pace but he has the means to sort that out - Deon Burger had one of the best pit stalls. He is still feeling his way with new car and did not finish - Gawie Hendrikz Jnr & Senior is another father and son combination. Mark Fontini was on pace with an appearance in the six cylinder class - Qudo de Wet - Abdul-Kader Dalwai had mechanical issues and could not finish.


Seen at Mega Oval, Pieter Swanepoel and Richard Griessen. Eugene Griessen's car was at the track in preparation of the 28 January races at Killarney Oval and did not compete - Nice to see Lee de Wet at Mega Oval after the bad road accident he had a while back - Stukkie and Dante discussing setups or upsets in the pits.


Tol Hanekom and his daughter and avid supporter Abeline - Dante de Ronde fast as always - Schalk Swart also fast but had a few handling issues resulting in spins that robbed him from a good overall finish - Gert Brink Snr representing the Rotaries with Hank Els on the sidelines and Tyron's Rotary out with mechanical issues - Jaco Silver supporting very fast on the night Carlo de Lang - Martin Theron up and coming in Stockrods soon in 1660? Tiaan and Hendricus Botha compairing notes - Stan van Elst in the Hotrod class was an early pace setter - Gawie Hendrikz Snr suffered an engine miss most of the evening - Shawn Bester will have to "werk vir 'n maand" overtime to fix some damage on his car, fortunately not too serious - Certainly a candidate for driver of the day award was 11 year old Tristen Nel for driving a mature race in the fast Hotrod class and rapidly following in the footsteps of brother Dylan. There were two entries from George Motor Club with Bennie Greyling as always giving a helping hand - Gavin Fleming were assisted with all available hands. - Alexander Oehl and Frans du Toit helped to get Manfred back on the track for an overall win but Johan Groenewald capitalized from Manfred's misfortune and took overall honors and top spot on the podium. Racing was good with competitiveness in almost all the classes. The The attrition rate was very high with a big number retirements. A lot of drivers mentioned a rough track surface.

FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX... 
Here are the overall results of round 1 of the Mega Oval Club Championships held at Kleinplasie Worcester on Saturday 21/01/2017
NB... RESULTS AS PER PRIZEGIVING.



HENNIE'S FIELD SERVICES AMS CLASS ( V8's )... 


1st Johan Groenewald, 
2nd Manfred Oehl, 
3rd Bennie Greyling.


ACCESS AUTO HEAVY METAL CLASS ( SIX CYL )... 


1st Mark Fontini, 
2nd Wemer vd Merwe, 
3rd Attie Kemm.


2.1 MOD CLASS... 


1st Carlo de Lang, 
2nd Eugene Zoghby, 
3rd Tiaan Louw.


BREERIVIER KOERIERS STOCKRODS... 


1st Attie Groenewald, 
2nd Martin Theron, 
3rd Lochie Eksteen.


DE WET VRUGTE JUNIOR MINI CLASS... 


1st Tersius v Tonder (3rd), 
2nd Juanita Kuhn, 
3rd Mia Kriegler.




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AVBOB STRAND MIDGET CLASS... 


1st Jacques vd Merwe, 
2nd Dante de Ronde, 
3rd Tol Hanekom.


HOTROD CLASS... 


1st Michaela Norman, 
2nd Gert Brink (jnr), 
3rd Tristan Nel.


1660 MOD CLASS... 


1st Gert Ellis, 
2nd Gawie Hendriks (jnr), 
3rd Shawn Bester.



PINKRODS... 


1st Jeanine Swart, 
2nd Chantal Eksteen, 
3rd N/A.









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