ThunderCat racing action at Mykonos, South Africa thrills the crowds

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It was the Mykonos 7 stars ThunderCat SA National that took place over this past weekend up the coast from Cape Town at this fantastic venue.

On Saturday 14 May the surf racing took place and Mykonos surf providing the usual excitement at the starting line. In the pro-stock class some of our more experienced pilots such as Marc Gleed, Wimpie Ackerman, and Dreyer van Niekerk competed against each other as usual, providing plenty of very close racing through the surf.

The 1st place being taken by Marc Gleed/Wiltas Leeuwner, 2nd place going to Des Potgieter/Ruan van Tonder and 3RD being taken by the young brothers Dian and Christiaan Beyers.

Stock class Raynor Becker/Michael van Geems took 1st place, 2nd place going to SA Champions Pieter Groenenstein/Nicol Parr and 3rd for the day Albrecht de Jager/Jaco Ferreira.

Many competitors putting on a great display of a few flips, with many co-pilots flying out the boats, and even the Seven Stars sponsored boat bursting when it was run over by another boat.

The modified’s were a ding dong between Team Agrisell, Team Landrover and Team Imbukwe Wines finishing the surf in that order.

The contestants surely provided some nail biting action for the spectators to enjoy during the four heats in each class.

In the Long Haul on Sunday 15 May, there were the 3 classes (stock, pro-stock and modified) and a good number of jet ski’s racing over the 98km course of 10 laps. It was a lovely sunny day on the beach and the water provided superb conditions for very flat water racing.

There were so many fast boats in the long haul, the racing was very close and some of them even talked about reaching speeds of up to and over 102 km/hour! Especially in the mod class who raced head to head and had a titanic battle between eventual winners Team Agrisell of Johann Lodewyks/Flippie Schoeman and the Rusgenot Team of Dave Barnett/Tjaart Oosthuizen taking 2nd place, with 3rd place going to Team Landrover of Wade Ball/Bobby Shaw.

The hotly contested Pro-stock class with so many veteran competitors as usual were the class to watch.

It turned out to be a real neck and neck battle between the Brent Oil team of Marc Gleed / Wiltas Leeuwner, and the Moku Racing / Bobkat / Marshmallow Pop father and son team of Dreyer van Niekerk / JD van Niekerk, who had an amazing ding dong battle for first place most of the way to the finish, until Dreyer seized his engine with only about 100 yards to go, with 2nd place being taken by the man from the Transvaal Des Potgieter / Ruan van Tonder with the young Dian and Christiaan Beyers taking 3rd place.

Stock class long haul result was very close with once again Raynor Becker/Michael van Geems taking 1st and close second and 3rd going to Pieter Groenenstein/ Nichol Parr and FJ Buter/Carlo Neethling.

As the South African season is now coming to a close due to the winter, the next event is a cold one up in the Transvaal on the Vaal Dam and then all will be set for the new season in September.

Photo:  Heinrich Sauer Photography

Grant Harrison

Grant is from South Africa and moved to England over 10 years ago.

He is well known in offshore powerboat racing circles due to over 20 years international competition in the sport.