What an honour, once again, to enjoy one of the BMW Car Club Gauteng’s premier events this year. We absolutely thrive on the satisfaction of experiencing so many motorsport lovers simply indulging in another one of our unforgettable Gymkhana days.
It was with great excitement and anticipation that 52 trophy-hungry contenders arrived at Tarlton Raceway on Sunday 18 October 2015. Especially considering the fact that the BMW Car Club Gauteng now hosts an event that brings out the fastest of the petrol-heads to come out and play.
Needless to say, we were all greatly enthused being surrounded by some of the most remarkable pieces of machinery around. This being the ultimate opportunity to show off skill, power and ability whilst braving the legendary Gymkhana route with its challenging corners and awesome ¼ mile stretch.
Following the genius setup (with slight changes) and extreme enjoyment and exhilaration of the track in 2014, we decided to go with just that this year. Again, it did not disappoint.
The quickest BMW of day was Mark Jones in his impressive BMW M4 with an average time of 64.5552 seconds which got him top honours in Class A. Class B went to Craig Bishop in his M235i with an average time of 66.8583 seconds. Ashley Sauren took Class C honours in his Z4 M Coupe with 65.7314 seconds. Chris Lubbe won Class D in his E90 330i with a time of 71.0671 seconds. Marco van der Schyff got the Class E Top Spot in his E36 328i with 66.0239 seconds.
Andrew Ackermann won the Porsche class in his 997 GT3 RS with a time of 62.7275 and Carl van As did the Scoobys pround with an impressive 61.0309 seconds.
In the non-BMW Forced-Induced class, wrestling the challenges of the track, Marius Knoesen annihilates the obstacles presented by finishing with the fastest run of the day of an impressive 59,1479 seconds and an average time of 60.0147 for this 3 runs in his Nissan R35 GT-R in the Force-Induced class.
Also rising to the challenge of the track, was Pieter Zeelie in first place with the fastest run in the non-BMW Naturally-Aspirated class. In his Lotus Exige, he finished with a remarkable 59,7836 seconds.
Witnessing driving skill and racing of this caliber is always one of the ultimate experiences at the Tarlton Tar Gymkhana. With enormous spectator value, one can almost be as involved as the drivers themselves. Every turn, bend, stretch, challenge and acceleration can be seen and felt by simply enjoying a full view of the track. If this does not make any bystander yearn for that position in the driver’s seat, then nothing in the world of racing and motorsport will!
A new class of competition was introduced this year, the Race Car class. How interesting it was to see racecars that are built for racing on longer circuits, embrace the dynamics of this short track and effortlessly finishing strong. We definitely noticed a couple of impressed faces and approving nods. Manny Ribeiro in an E36 M3 Supercharged Race Car took top honours with a time of 65.1372.
The impressive collection of cars and “toys” seen at this event is always appreciated and enjoyed by those with an affinity and appreciation for the very best in motoring. From Lamborghini to Porsche and others alike, there was definitely enough for each and every car lover to feast their eyes upon.
Whilst looking back at Sunday, satisfied and impressed with the outcome of the day, we already look forward to planning another unforgettable Gymkhana event for 2016. What an experience!
The pics of the day can be viewed and purchased here: