Warren wins South African Nat Rd1

Cape Town, proudly hosted the first round of the South African Nationals Championship on the 7-9 March 2014. Friday’s buggy practice pace was set by Tiaan Oelofse and Warren van der Merwe, driving their Bullitt 219’s, and Warren driving his Agama FRCup Edition. Saturday qualifying saw Warren run into some problems with his Agama, in Q1 and Q3 not settings a time at all. TQ was taken by fellow Bullitt driver Tiaan Oelofse showing outstanding consistency.

Sunday’s A Main’s saw the track in a grippy condition and a slight breeze to keep the heat away. It was going to be an exciting final. The start saw Warren, Tiaan and Arno Geldenhuys pull away quickly from the pack. From early on, it looked like it would be a 3 way battle. Warren quickly cemented his lead over 2nd and 3rd. He gained a 3 lap lead 40min into the race with problems hampering Tiaan and Arno’s cars. Both Warren and Arno ran into some minor mechanical problems. Warren established a comfortable lead, which meant he could slow his pace enough to bring the car home. Arno Geldenhuys on the other hand, had Tiaan Oelofse catching him quickly, which meant an Agama 1-2 looked more and more unlikely. Having minimal rear drive, Arno was unable to keep Tiaan behind him and settled for 3rd a couple of corners before the line.

In the Truggy class, Quintis van der Merwe was in a league of his own driving his A8T, Bullitt 219 & Beta combo, easily taking TQ and the win in flawless style.

Warren wins South African Nat Rd1