First 2021 titles sealed as Toyota wins on three continents
Toyotas won in NASCAR, South African Global and British Touring Cars. Andrew Rackstraw, Bradley Cox and Luke Walker are among South Africa’s first racing champions of the season, while Colton Herta, Dennis Hauger and the Italian motocross team have won international titles around the world.
A very good Toyota tin-top weekend
It has been a very good weekend for Toyota in the tin-top races around the world. Michael van Rooyen won an easy first Red Star GTC race in his Robert Wolk Gazoo Toyota Corolla a machine similar to Chemical Logistics, with his teammates Focus from Julian van der Watt and Chemical Logistics Corolla from Scott Temple in Delmas. Wolk then led a 1-2-3 Chemical Logistics over Temple and Van der Watt’s Ford to leave Delmas with a four-point championship lead.
There have been more Toyota successes in the US and UK as Denny Hamlin’s Camry took the NASCAR victory in Las Vegas over Chase Elliott’s Chevrolet and Kyle Busch in another Toyota. And Rory Butcher’s Gazoo Corolla took two out of two wins in a thrilling second British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone, before Jake Hill won the final in his Ford Focus.
Getting back to the local action, Jeffrey Kruger won the opening race of the Red Star SupaCup against Bradley Liebenberg and Jonathan Mogotsi while Keegan Campos won race 2 of Mogotsi and Liebenberg. Andrew Rackstraw dominated the Investchem Formula 1600 races to win the 2021 Championship with his 11th victory in 12 races. Also in Delmas, a dominant Leyton Fourie strengthened his hold on the Polo Cup title, Mackie Adlem won the V8 Supercars and Graeme van Breda, Kawasaki ZX Masters.
Bradley Cox wins SA Enduro title
Switching to two wheels, Bradley Cox concluded the 2021 SA Championship and E1 Hard Enduro Championship for KTM with fourth place overall at Creighton near Ixopo KZN on Saturday. Brett Swanepoel won the day for Husqvarna against the Yamaha of new E2 champion Luke Walker, E2 winner of the day, Husqvarna of Heinrich Aust, Cox, KTM of Chayse Orsmond and Robert Garvie.
Western Cape Rotax Max karters arrived in Killarney to discover that a renegade group of drifters and spinners had blocked the circuit. Once the race started, Joseph Oelz scored a triple victory in DD2. Conor Hughes claimed a triple Masters victory and Reza Levy beat Valentino Hoffman two junior to one races. Jordon Wadeley, Joshua Smit and Joaquin de Oliveira shared Mini Max victories as Joaquin won, Keagan Beaumont dominated Micro Max and Michael Danks Bambino.
Further north, Martin van Jaarsveld Sr and Jr won the Waterval Inland Off Road round aboard their BAT Spec 4 on Polaris from Gideon Jacons and BAT from Tony and Marc Gouveia and the best production finishers Theuns du Toit and Land Cruiser from James O’Mahoney.
Hamilton’s epic century
Internationally, Lewis Hamilton claimed his 100th victory in an epic Russian Grand Prix after his Mercedes team insisted he start from second place for wet rubber when the rain poured down late in the race . Max Verstappen stormed the rear on an engine penalty, to finish second for Red Bull and retain a slim title advantage, Carlos Sainz third for Ferrari. It was however heartbreaking for Lando Norris, seventh. He led most of the race for McLaren but was too long in slick.
Also in Sochi, Oscar Piastri tightened his grip on the Formula 2 title in 21 with a victory in the Feature race after Dan Tictum won the sprint on a rainy weekend. And Dennis Hauger clinched the 2021 Formula 3 title after finishing second in the first sprint race in Sochi behind Logan Sargeant. Jack Doohan won race 2. Across the pond, fourth place sealed the Indycar title for Alex Palou behind Colton Herta, who stormed 14th to beat Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon at Long Beach.
On two wheels, South African Steven Odendaal finished eighth to maintain a firm grip on second place in the World Supersport 600 title as the similar Yamaha of championship leader Dominique Aegeter came out on top in a sad week. -end in Jerez. The first race was interrupted following the fatal accident of 300 runners Dean Vinales. Toprak Razgatlioglu achieved the World Supersport double for Yamaha against Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki and after a fierce battle with Scott Redding in Race 2.
SA motorcyclists fly the flag
Staying on two wheels, Camden McLellan raced on his Husqvarna as he and KTM duo Tristan Purdon and David Goosen hoisted the South African flag high as the home team won the weekend’s Motocross of Nations in Mantua, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.