The second round of the 2016 Historic Tour took place at Zwartkops on Saturday, 9 April 2016. Spectators at the Pretoria West circuit were treated to a full day of action in spread across 16 heats.

Roman de Beer in the Genie Racing Lola T70

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The fastest racing lap of the day went to Dino Scribante in his Liqui Moly Tiga Honda. He was competing by virtue of a special invitation together with the Pre 74 ISP and Pre66/68 Le Mans Sports & GT cars. While Scribante was the quickest car on the circuit in the opening race he was pushed hard by Peter Jenkins (Nucleus Supply Chains Chevron B19) who crossed the line just over half a second behind after 8 laps of close racing. Third on the road, and second in the Pre 74 ISP class behind Jenkins, was Roman de Beer (Genie Racing Lola T70). Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Chevron B8) was next up ahead of brother Mark (Trans Africa Racing Lola T70) who took the Pre 66 class A win as well.

In race 2 it was again Scribante at the head of the field, this time by a comfortable margin after Jenkins’ Chevron let him down in the early stages of the heat. The Pre 74 ISP class A win went to Jonathan du Toit on this occasion with de beer taking another second place. Peter Bailey (Bailey Cars Porsche 917), who won the Pre 74 ISP class B in the opening race, repeated the feat in race 2, this time taking the flag in fourth place overall. Neil Lobb (Lola T70) was fifth across the line ahead of Mark du Toit who took another Pre 66 class A win.

Ian Schofield and Andrew Horne head for the first turn in race 2

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Some of the closest racing on the day came in the Investchem Formula Ford Kent races. In the first heat Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) just managed to hold off defending champion Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Royale) to take the win. Graham Hepburn (Suburban Body Shop Ray) got the better of Andy Schofield (Investchem Reynard) to take the final step on the podium. Jeff Gable (Taylon Motorsport Van Diemen) and Paul Schultz (Knottsberry Food Mygale), who had to work his way through the field from the back of the grid after a technical infringement during qualifying, rounded out the top six.

In race two it was again Horne and Ian Schofield fighting it out at the head of the field until a couple of laps from the end when Schofield’s motor cried enough leaving Horne to take the win. With his father on the sidelines, Andy Schofield, whose first race sparring partner Hepburn didn’t make it onto the grid, inherited second place. Gable took third ahead of Dalan Holton (Debella Finance & Compliance Van Diemen) who got the better of a race-long dice with Allen Meyer. Stuart Thompson (WCT Engineering Van Diemen) end the race in sixth.

Thomas Falkiner leads the Champion of Champions field

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Thomas Falkiner (Sunday Times / Castrol Ford Mustang) grabbed the early lead in the Champion of Champions race but any hope of a win was dashed when the engine in his car let go. This left the du Toit brothers in their Trans Africa Racing Chev Camaros to fight for the win. Jonathan got the better of Mark, taking victory by less than two tenths of a second. Jeff Kruger (Studebaker Golden Hawk) crossed the line in third and took the Pre’66 legends of the 9 Hour Production car category.

The U2 class went the way of Marc Miller (Alfa Romeo Giulia Super) with Jacques Baartman (345 Racing Alfa Romeo GT Junior) and John Simpson (Trans Africa Racing Alfa GT Junior) completing the podium.

Falkiner couldn’t get his car repaired in time for race 2 so it was again the du Toit brothers doing battle at the head of the field. This time Mark took the win from Jonathan. Kruger bagged another third place.

Roger Houston (Alfa Giulia Super) won the second U2 heat from Simpson with Andy Gossman (Marty’s Body & Spray Datsun Sunny) in third.

Jeff Kruger leads the Lotus Challenge

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Despite taking the early lead on both races, Jeff Kruger (Lotus 7) could not keep Rob Gearing (Birkin 7) behind him and had to settle for second in both races behind Gearing.

In the opening race Anton Muller (Tornado Marketing Birkin 7) took the final podium spot with James Forbes (Piero Dal Bianco Birkin 7), Sean Hewitt (Birkin 7) and Johan Nel (Birkin 7) rounding out the top six. Class T went to Muller, C to Wesley Maxwell (Maxwell Advertising Lotus 7) and class L went to Gerdus Smit (Transglobal Locost Rocam).

Race 2 saw Jeff Gable (Taylon Motorsport Birkin 7) join Gearing and Kuger on the podium. Muller has to settle for fourth ahead of Forbes and Connor Jones (SV Tech Birkin 7). Class T again went to Muller with Fridge Findlay (Blue Pencil Lotus 7) taking class C. Smit was agian victorious in class L.

Hubi von Moltke

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After the first three across the line were excluded for breaking out of their time the opening Historic Handicap Race went to Dave Leyshon (VW Scirocco). Hubi von Moltke (Mercedes-Benz 280E) and Stan Stacey (Alfa Romeo GTV) completed the podium.

In the second race Danny Kloes (DK Racing Alfa Romeo GTV) took the win, ahead of Stuart Grant (Carcol Executive Mercedes-Benz 280E) and Von Moltke.

Chad ten Doeschate and Vic Campher fight for the lead

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In the opening race for SKF Pre-1966/68 Little Giant cars a two-way battle for the lead between Chad ten Doeschate (TAR GSM Dart) and Vic Campher (Tom Campher Volvo P1800) became a three-way fight when Keith van Heerden (Rand Kerbing Jaguar D-Type) joined the party. Ten Doeschate kept the Dart in front and took the win from Campher and van Heerden. Marco Taylor (Taylor Racing Alfa Romeo GT Junior) was just behind van Heerden in fourth. John McKerchar (Porsche RSK) and Andy Gossman (Marty’s Body& Spray Datsun Sunny) rounded out the top six.

In race 2 it was again ten Doeschate on the top of the podium with van Heerden and McKerchar alongside him. Gossman, Campher and Ishmael Baloyi (TAR GSM Dart) completed the top six.

Niel Reyneke took overall victory in the Pre79 Saloons

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The Marlboro Crane Hire Pre ’79 Historic Saloons classes A to E ran in conjunction with the Pre ’84 Sports & GT Cars.

Peter Jenkins (Nucleus Supply Chains Chevron B19) took overall victory and the Pre ’84 Sports & GT win in the first race. He was followed over the line by Anton Raaths in the Exclusive Auto Racing Team Chevrolet Comaro who took the Historic Saloons win. Niel Reyneke (Exclusive Auto Racing Team Chevrolet Can-Am) was next up ahead of George Avvakoumides (Ocean Basket Porsche 911 RSR). Jannie van Rooyen (VW Scirocco) and Peter Lindenberg (Lindenberg Racing Ford Fairlane) completed the top six.

In race 2 Avvakoumides took the overall and Pre ’84 Sports and GT wins. Second place and victory in the Historic Saloons went to Reyneke with van Rooyen not far behind. Colin Ellison (ATE Brake Systems Alfa GTA) crossed the line in fourth ahead of Shawn Smidt (Gande Panelbeaters Datsun 160Y) and Lindenberg.

Mike O’Sullivan

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Classes F, G & H of the Marlboro Crane Hire Pre ’79 Saloons ran as a separate event to the other classes. Once he made his way past Quentin Willis (Midas Ford Escort) Mike O’Sullivan (Consulting Chemial Laboratiries BMW 2002) had a relatively untroubled drive to victory in the first race. Willis hung on to take second ahead of Dave Leyshon (VW Scirocco). Class G went to Harry Lombard (PSA VW Beetle) with Johan Swanepoel (Skillmine Consulting Alfa Berlina) taking class H honours.

Race 2 went to Davis Hoal (Ford Escort) with Paige Linderberg (Lindenberg racing Ford Escort) and Regard van Zyl (Laser Cafe Alfa) completing the podium. Hubi von Moltke (Mercedes-Benz 280E) was the first class G car home while Swanepoel again took class H.