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Faling made an impressive debut in his new carFaling made an impressive debut in his new car
  Alfa Trofeo Racing
The first round of the 2015 racing season for the Alfa Trofeo Series kicked off at the rustic Midvaal Raceway in Meyerton on 14 February.
With the usual mix of youth and experience in the field the racing was as entertaining as always.

Race 1

Jose Jardim (Guilia Sprint) led the field away from the start line with Corrie Tolmay (Guilia) coming out of retirement to return to the fray. Series newcomer and Youth Programme rookie John Hendriks (1982 Sud) was next off the line with Werner Nortje (Alfetta) hot on his heels. Defending champion Anthony Theobald (1966 Guilia) followed soon thereafter with Christopher Tarboton (Guilia) not too far behind.
Viljoen impressed in his loan car to walk away with the Youth Programme honours and third Overall on the dayViljoen impressed in his loan car to walk away with the Youth Programme honours and third Overall on the day
The defending champ honoured the number 1 plate with a top three result in the second race as well as second Overall on the dayThe defending champ honoured the number 1 plate with a top three result in the second race as well as second Overall on the day
Hendriks (left) impressed under stressful conditions in his first ever eventHendriks (left) impressed under stressful conditions in his first ever event
Series stalwart Paul Griffin (1984 Sud) would start from seventh position with stable mate Ralph Kernes (Alfetta) right behind him. Youth Programme regular Kyle Viljoen (1982 Sud) impressed during qualifying and would start from ninth position ahead of Gerrit Faling (GTV), with scratch man Jose de Carvalho (GTV6) starting 2:50 behind the race leader.
The opening laps saw the usual jostling for position with overtaking by the faster cars happening rather early in the race – thanks to the long back straight. The risk in this would of course mean that there was a good possibility of breakouts on the times nominated for the race. Scratch man de Carvalho was already up to third position by the fifth lap and promptly took the lead on the penultimate lap of the race!
When the chequered flag came out it was de Carvalho who crossed the line ahead of Jardim and Griffin. Hendriks finished in a respectable sixth position in his first ever race. These results were only temporary however as the handicap nominations still had to be applied.
With more than half of the field breaking out of their nominated times, the final race results were as follows:
 

Race 1 – Results

 
  1. Gerrit Faling
  2. John Hendriks
  3. Werner Nortje
  4. Anthony Theobald
  5. Kyle Viljoen

Race 2

With the nominated handicap times for the second heat being revised, a closer race was on the cards.
Once again the first few laps saw the field jostling for position. With the mid pack being rather evenly matched, this led to a few thrilling moments through the tighter stuff and down the back straight.
When the chequered flag came out it was Tarboton who took the win ahead of a hard charging Viljoen, with Nortje taking a respectable third position. Once again a number of competitors broke out of their nominated handicap times, and when the handicap percentages were applied the results looked very different:
 

Race 2 – Results

 
  1. Gerrit Faling
  2. Ralph Kernes
  3. Anthony Theobald
  4. Jose de Carvalho
  5. Paul Griffin
 

Overall Results

 
  1. Gerrit Faling
  2. Anthony Theobald
  3. Kyle Viljoen
  4. Werner Nortje
  5. John Hendriks
  6. Ralph Kernes
The next event will be held at the iconic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on Saturday 28 March. A bumper field is expected with some fantastic racing on the cards. Be sure not to miss out on any of the fast paced racing action!
Report by: Greg Reilly
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