On Sunday the 2 of December, we held our annual Driver Training event at Zwartkops. Proudly sponsored by BMW Driver Training, our attendees where educated on how to handle a car in the wet in two situations. Namely, under steer and over steer.
The usual windy, overcast morning greeted us upon our arrival at the Zwartkops Skidpan. While we sorted out the registration, our instructors for the day Lucas and Jacob setup the skid pan accordingly. After registration at 9am, Lucas began with the educating. He quizzed us on the basics of driving a car. On how we position our seat, and the correct measurements to take when seating ourselves in our vehicles, to name a few items.
After the intro, Lukas went into the first task for the day, controlling a vehicle in under steer. Jacob brought around there F30 328i Sport for Lucas to demonstrate. The 328i, being the vehicle it is, made recovering from under steer seem easy. Little did we know that, that is not the case, especially with older vehicles. We all had several attempts at getting ourselves into a position where our cars would under steer and then had a chance to recover accordingly. It was good fun, more so for the skidpan newbies that joined us on the day, but as Lucas mentioned it’s not as much fun as over steer.
And so it began, after an explanation on how to obtain some over steer, how to recover and how to keep it going if you want to (please don’t try this at home), Lucas demonstrated the above mentioned in the F30. Oh so sweet was the site to see that machine sliding around the laid out course with elegance. Once the water had settled we jumped into our cars for a go. Many of us managed to get our vehicles to over steer, and recovered quite successfully, the point of the exercise was accomplished. Then we gave it a bash at trying to power slide, which ended in doughnuts for some us. There is a finesse that is required when feathering the throttle to keep the rear end hanging out.
Post lunch we commenced with the gymkhana competition. A rather simple layout to eye, tested the knowledge that the drivers obtained in the morning. With needing to take on the first long right hander with our rear ends hanging out, then a change of direction-to the right-into the slalom, a roundabout, a short stretch another round about, another short stretch and the garage to stop, we had a blast. Times varied, as some drivers were not used to participating in a gymkhana, but Colin van Son took honours in the BMW class with his 745i and TM Lesetla took honours in the Non-BMW class in his JCW Mini Cooper S Clubman.
As always we would like to thank all our members and non-members who attended. Also to our event sponsors BMW Driver Training and their instructors Lucas and Jacob, thank you very much. Also to our official photographer Paul Louw Photography, thank you.
Till the next one, have a wonderful festive season and drive safe.
Results by Manufacturer BMW Results Colin van Son BMW 1985 E23 745i 32.37 Marco van der Schyff BMW 1997 E36 328i 32.97 Eugene Fourie BMW E90 330D 33.06 Shantell van der Schyff BMW 1997 E36 328i 33.84 Warren More BMW 125i 33.84 Francois Calitz BMW 2006 E90 330D 36.32 Levine Sanasy BMW E36 328i 37.25 Bengt Stenberg BMW X5 4.8i 37.41 Mandla Mange BMW 125i 37.56 Robert More BMW 320i 37.62 Joel Fernandes BMW 2010 E92 335i 38.34 Ravi Naidoo BMW 2008 E60 M5 38.41 Cassandra BMW 2011 E90 323i 38.45 Paul Louw BMW 2011 E90 323i 39.01 Naresh Babu BMW E46 330i 39.18 Jorique Calitz BMW 2006 E90 330D 39.25 Harold Muller BMW 2003 BMW 540i 39.34 Girish Babu BMW E46 330i 40.6 Pratish Daya BMW 2007 E90 335i 42.22 Hlupheka Khosa BMW 2006 E46 M3 49.59
Non-BMW Results TM Lesetla Non-BMW 2011 Mini JCW Clubman 35.97 Grant Cronje Non-BMW 2009 Subari WRX STi 37.07 Michael Leite Non-BMW Nissan 350Z 38.34 Mothusi Tsebela Non-BMW 2011 Mini JCW Clubman 42.28