South African Nats Rd1 podium

See: Cuzi Racing

APN Raceway hosted the first round of the South African nationals on the weekend of the 15-17th April. Attendance to the event was great, and the track organization was perfect as always. Warren van der Merwe from CuziRacing got off to a good start on Friday finding the balance of his A215 on the slippery and oily track surface. The focus was on getting a good racecar that was easy to drive in the hour main.

Saturday Qualifying got off to a banging start, with Warren taking a comfortable TQ in round 1 of buggy. The next two rounds didn’t go as planned, but he managed to pull another TQ out of the bag in the last heat, to secure overall. This secured Warren’s first National TQ. If qualifying was anything to go by, the mains would be very tough.

Amain Buggy saw an epic battle unfold with Warren dueling it out from the first lap for 25min with multiple SA champion Dean Steenmans. Dean got caught up in some technical issues, which then opened the door for multiple current SA champion, Miguel Haasbroek. The final 30mins saw Warren’s lead gap of 12sec come down to mere inches between Warren and Miguel in the final stages of the race.

Warren managed to keep Miguel behind him most of the time, but an epic last lap battle saw them both launching for the line with positions changing 4 times in the last 3 corners, with Warren making it over with just 0.4 seconds between them. This was one of the closest national race finishes South Africa has ever seen. Warren would like to thank his entire Team and Agama drivers for the support and attendance during weekend. Without them the Buggy and Truggy wins would not have been possible.

Final Results Buggy Amain

  1. Warren van der Merwe (Agama)
  2. Miguel Haasbroek (JQRacing)
  3. Dean Steenmans (Losi)
  4. Justin van Biljon (Agama)
  5. Tiaan Oelofse (Losi)

Final Results Truggy Amain

  1. Warren van der Merwe (Agama)
  2. Chris van der Westhuizen (Agama)
  3. Jonathan Ment (Losi)

Final Results E-Buggy Amain

  1. Deon Gove (Xray)
  2. Akshay Patel (Agama)
  3. Jagger Virasamy (Losi)