Witzenberg Motor Club 2011 Awards Evening

The Witzenberg Motor Club annual awards took place at De Kelder Restaurant and Winery Vredekloof on Friday evening 2nd December 2011.

Ashley Haigh-Smith (in 2012 he’ll be competing in the WRC Academy with a M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta R2) and Jon Williams (Pirelli Star Driver Championship winner and currently competing in the South African Rally Championship in a M-Sport-built S2000 Ford Fiesta under the Sasol Racing colours) was the guest speakers at the function.

It was an astounding year for us as a team, we have grown from 2 friends looking for something to do with a Zetec powered MKII Ford Escort Sport and a rust bucket off a Datsun 1400 bakkie to a group of friends. We currently have 6 vehicles, 7 drivers and 8 navigators. Next year we will add another 3 vehicles and at least 2 new drivers and navigators. With this amount of passionate people, we will have between 15-20 entries per event, not to bad I think. Three years passed and we as a team are just growing from strength to strength, maybe in the next two years, we should ask the organisers to rebrand the championship to the Race-Tech Gymkhana Series. Won’t that be a problem, I think the team will then feel obligated to enter at least another entry per event. The poor vehicles.

It was a great year, I would just like to thank a few people:

Witzenberg Motor Club – without you and the people behind the scenes all our smiles and joy wouldn’t have been possible.

Selina Botes – without your constant support and forgiveness, this season would have been a distant memory, this was a particular tough year on us and our relationship, considering

the building of “Datto”.

Pieter Mathee (father) – without your help “Datto” would still be a dream.

Judy Mathee (mother) – two years of feeding me since “Datto” entered our lives, thanks.

Mike Mathee – thanks for offering “Lil Datto” to me to compete, all the effort and money you spend in getting the car ready for the season is appreciated.

Ruan Reynders – it was about time you return back to South Africa, at least we can now look back at all the misery we are causing for the rest of the car owners in the team because we entered that first gymkhana.

Race-Tech members – a special thanks must go out to you as a team, it is great that a bunch of friends can enjoy a single form of sport together as we do, we are probably the most disfunctional group of friends on the face of the world. Just imagine we are all together having a nice conversation about the season and a stranger want to join in, poor soul if he is not into motorsport. Some off the highlights for me during the season must be all the smiles, laughs and concentrating faces to keep that FWD vehicles in check. Mike sorry for trying to kill you at Flamingo’s, the moment the rear stepped out to the time I was on the brakes is a blur, luckily we made it and had the biggest smiles on our faces to date. We as a team can just go forward from this date. Let’s make next year even more memorable as this one, especially with new friends like Corne and Nico joining us as drivers and navigators. Maybe we should make “We are not being paid to drive, we are doing the paying, thus we should enjoy it” our slogan. Keep the smiles rolling.

Teams performance during the WBMK Gymkhana Championship 2011 season

Overall Drivers
Position Name Vehicle Class
11th Herman Mathee Datsun 1200 F
12th Mike Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
13th Jan van der Vyver VW Golf 1.4i D
15th Pietie Erasmus VW Fox 1.4i D
29st Ruan Reynders Datsun 1200 F
33rd Bjorn Venter VW Golf 1.4i D
53rd Mike Mathee Datsun 1200 F
64th Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
66th Rudolf Marai Mazda 616 F
69th Selina Botes VW Fox 1.4i D
74th Ruan Reynders Ford Focus ST G
Overall Navigators
Position Name Vehicle Class
9th Mike Mathee Datsun 1200 F
11th Mike Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
15th Pietie Erasmus VW Fox 1.4i D
16th Herman Mathee VW Golf 1.4i D
28th Herman Mathee Datsun 1200 F
36th Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
41st Mike Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
55th Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
62nd Bjorn Venter VW Golf 1.4i D
69th Selina Botes VW Fox 1.4i D
70th Mike Mathee Mazda 616 F
77nd Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
84th Herman Mathee Ford Focus ST G
Class Drivers
Position Name Vehicle Class
1st Mike Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
2nd Jan van der Vyver VW Golf 1.4i D
3rd Pietie Erasmus VW Fox 1.4i D
6th Bjorn Venter VW Golf 1.4i D
9th Selina Botes VW Fox 1.4i D
10th Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
3rd Herman Mathee Datsun 1200 F
4th Ruan Reynders Datsun 1200 F
7th Pietie Erasmus Mazda F1000 F
12th Mike Mathee Datsun 1200 F
13th Rudolf Marais Mazda 616 F
6th Ruan Reynders Ford Focus ST G
Class Navigators
Position Name Vehicle Class
1st Herman Mathee VW Golf 1.4i D
2nd Pietie Erasmus VW Fox 1.4i D
3rd Mike Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
6th Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
7th Jan van der Vyver VW Golf 1.4i D
9th Melissa van der Vyver VW Golf 1.4i D
10th Herman Mathee VW Fox 1.4i D
12th Bjorn Venter VW Golf 1.4i D
13th Selina Botes VW Fox 1.4i D
3rd Mike Mathee Datsun 1200 F
4th Herman Mathee Datsun 1200 F
7th Mike Mathee Mazda F100 F
11th Herman Mathee Datsun 1200 F
15th Mike Mathee Mazda 616 F
17th Jan van der Vyver Mazda MX5 F
6th Herman Mathee Ford Focus ST G

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