Round 3 of the Avion Club series was held on the Sunday the 27th of July 2014. A cold winter’s morning welcomed everyone to the track. Drinking coffee and wrapped up warm, drivers briefing was over by 9:30am with the day scheduled for 5 heats in total consisting of 4 buggy heats and one truggy heat over 3 rounds.
The morning`s qualifying was over just before 1pm with drivers breaking for a short lunch period. This allowed race control to post the morning consolidated results splitting all the drivers into the relevant mains.
TQ went to Miguel Haasbroek, allowing him to start in pole for the “A” mains. Miguel setting a best lap of 40,58s in his first qualifier of the morning gave an indication of how fast the track pace was.
The “C” final was the first final of the day. Hosting 12 drivers, who would dominate the race and take top honors? Nobody other than local trophy hunter “Leo de Oliveira”. Leo outdrove all the other drivers in the class winning by 4 laps with a best time of 35 laps in 1842.35s. JP Sweeck drove steady and solid to end in second place 2 with Ruan Deyzel ending in third some 6 laps behind the winner.
The second final of the day was set for the “B” mains. Starting just after 2:30pm and set for 30 mins of action. The first ten minutes of the race saw the lead change several times with Morne, Johann, Adam, Arron, and MJ battle it out. Adam managed to hold his nerve and drive to the finish line completing 38 laps and the only driver in this heat to go sub 43s. Up and coming youngster Camreron Balie worked up to 2nd showing pace and consistency go hand in hand. Morne Louw managed to hang onto 3rd place after a retirement with his engine seeing him drop a position from 2nd to 3rd.
The third main was set for the truggy class. Could anyone top David Parkinson who had a dominant performance in the qualifiers securing TQ? We would have to wait and see!
A good start from David saw a reasonable lead develop over the rest of the pack. Sandra had retired early on lap 8 of the
race, leaving the 3 gents to battle it out. Disaster struck when David managed to break a rear arm on his Mugen allowing newcomer to the class, Brian Hilder, take the lead and ride home the win enjoying every moment of it. Allan secured 2nd with his RED R7 powered Mugen some two 2 laps behind Brian and David ending in 3rd.
The final event of the day, was again the “A” main final. The top 10 drivers of the day. Could anyone get into the mix of usual suspects? Miguel starting from first, set the early pace of the race, flying around the circuit and securing the 10 fastest laps of the race (over 10 best laps avg of 40.858s), crazy to say the least. Justin getting familiar with his Kyosho was hot on Miguel’s tail. With Miguel flaming out, Justin never looked back. Tiaan now driving for S-works and powered by RB products finished just behind Justin only 4s off his pace. Miguel manged to secured 3rd position wrapping up the podium. A mention to Pedro Maldonado who drive like a demon in qualifiers to make the “A” final driving his new JQ white edition (at one point sitting 4th o/all) and a great drive by both young Calvin Barnard and Daniel De Azevedo (4th and 5th respectively).
Thanks again to all those that made the day possible, Allan, Mark (race control), Stefan, Melisa, Jono and everyone else behind the scenes.