With the Easter installment
of this event put on the back foot due to “un-raceable”
weather, the December event was long awaited with plenty of eagerness
from spectators and racers alike, myself included. I didn’t
end up even going to the last one as I was kept well informed
of the degrading weather forecast. So I was more than looking
forward to making it up with some great coverage.
Fortunately for me I stayed over in Langebaan for the weekend
so waking up super early was not needed. I arrived at a fashionable
9:30am with still plenty of time before the actual racing started.
I was greeted by the usual queues of cars and masses of boost
hungry fans and spectators. It wasn’t a long wait to get
in due to the swift work of the local traffic department directing
cars in. I promptly parked as close to the action as possible,
the pit area, which was filled by plenty of tyre shredding monsters.
Always a grand site to behold!
Finding my way to the start line I got there just in time for
the “show us what you got” parade lap which was happening
and getting the crowds amped up giving them a taste of what’s
It was a bit difficult to actually get some decent shots as I
was very surprised by the sheer amount of photographers present.
I’ve never seen it so busy, it was actually over crowded.
Mostly with people I don’t know, and I’ve been in
this game long enough to know almost everyone. With that done
and the tyre smoke fading away the media briefing was given. I
must admit I was highly annoyed after listening to it. We were
told that we are not allowed to stand past the start line. How
the hell am I supposed to get any decent shots then? I came all
the way to Saldanha only to be told I can’t stand where
I normally do. To top that off, because of the number of photographers,
only 10 supposed to be on the line while the rest should stand
by the spectators and alternate once in a while. Safety reasons
understood, but common, maybe the amount of media passes given
out should have been limited! I was fuming and very close on buggering
off to Langebaan to relax on the beach for the day. I decided
to gulp it down and went to stand at the finish line instead.
Hence most of the shots below are from that point. Don’t
get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t have all the media
present, but there are better ways on managing us. I’ve
covered a few international events already; I know what I’m
talking about. Oh, while I’m on a roll about ranting, I
personally DO take offence about having to wear a liquor branded
lanyard media pass. I went to get my own one from my car but it
didn’t work as the pass kept falling out. So I was forced
to wear the booze lanyard. Especially since security was so tight,
no pass meant no access. Last but not least, the events title
sponsor was a liquor brand. I understand that sponsors are few
and far between, but I’m sorry, alcohol and motorsport do
not mix. It’s a huge contradiction and RACEWEB is completely
against it for the simple reason of sending out the wrong message
to road users. Alcohol and a car, never mind racing a car should
never be said together let alone be seen together!
Ok, I think I’m done ranting now… here’s a pic
of Armand’s 200SX going over the traps… just to change
your mind set.
Raceweb feature bike ridden by Achmat Israel from AIR Developments
clocked the fastest speed for the day, and I assume for a very
long time, a very impressive record breaking 301km/h! Well done
Conversions 2J powered Corolla! That's what’s on everyone’s
lips at the moment as he is the new King of Saldanha, for cars,
that managed an awesome 284km/h! Over 800m's! Amazing! It's shocking
to see just how standard looking this car is. It's pretty much
still in full road trim! Zain (XR8 TT), you have your work cut
out for you next year... my pally!
awesome speed achieved goes to Garion Slamet who clocked 296km/h!
speed achieved for the day was crowd favourite SUSPECT-WP running
a very respectable 267km/h. Well done!
Chevan was back at the start line getting all the
And some heated
all the epic burnouts.
I was sitting all by my lonesome at the finish line... "cooling
But I did manage
to capture some good dices too.
Like the Opel
VS Ford battle...
don't get to see the gaps over the finish line. This was a rather
cars came past in a cloud of smoke... was it oil? I don't know?
No one checked. Not good!
others raced without helmets... come on! Don't be daft! I hope
he was buckled up at least!
You win some...
You lose some...
This is the
first year after many where I actually noticed such a strong tail
wind as to the usual head wind. Could that be a reason why records
were broken by such large gaps this year? Maybe?
always kicks ass and takes names!
Always a box
in the mix somewhere...
spot for the day... I felt like a traffic cop. All I needed was
returning from battle.
at the start line the CPi VS Racetec battle raged on.
Here's some in car footage from that race. Camera inside the CPi
Golf on the left.
some impressive skills...
And some mega
on an airfield canvas. Not sure if this is entirely fair for the
guys running in the right lane with less grip.
All in all,
not such a bad day of racing after all, even with the extremely
hot weather and heavy winds. Though I'm not sold on the quantity
of the quality of cars/bikes. But we will just have to wait and
see until the next one comes. Check
out the rest of the pics below, theres plenty!