Hennie Groenewald #A8, Subaru WRX STI, Bridgestone Production Cars

Wesbank Super Series: Stilo

For years I've been an Audi supporter—ever since Terry Moss started the beating back in the early 90s with his Audi 200 Trans Am, Audi A80, Audi S4 or 6... (Terry Moss used to take the p..s out of any competitor, as the English would say). Back then motorsport was still a very competitive genre.
Nowadays enthusiastic fans still pour through the gates on race days, but not like in the olden days. I do however still recognize some of the old spectators' faces. The tele remote might have left some pavilion seats cold and empty and I might have changed my focus to a more prolific race car—the Subaru WRX STI—but the Wesbank Super Series are still number one after all these years.

One of the stars that kept on adding to our enjoyment is the ever friendly Hennie Groenewald #A8, super competitor in the Bridgestone Production Car class. When scanning through the day's photos after the race on Saturday, I realized something very interesting when looking at a photo of Hennie removing his helmet. He doesn't have a colourful helmet like the rest of the Wesbank Super Series fraternity, no, the plain silver helmet bearing the word Stilo on the front and sides can be classified as rather dull in comparison to the rest. Does it stay dull when Hennie powers up the Subaru WRX STI or does it become his 'Darth Vadar-helmet'... a gleaming silver helmet, blinding competitors during the race...

On a more serious note. With the previous gathering of the Wesbank Super Series (2012/03/03), Hennie did not fare so well in the three races. His efforts produced a second, third and fourth place. Michael Stephen in his Terry Moss Racing Audi S4 took top podium spot in race one and Etienne van der Linde and Anthony Taylor, in their Afrox BMW 335i race cars, took first place in race two and three respectively. But that was then; that was the river now it's the sea (The Waterboys).

Saturday saw a very different Hennie Groenewald (#A8) took to the Zwartkops Racetrack in his Sasol sponsored Subaru WRX STI. He took top position on the podium in all three races and proved to be very confident in his efforts—fans adored it.

I did some research and found the following very interesting (comparing both March and May's timing sheets) statistics:

2012/03/03 – Michael Stephen – 01:07.050, total time 8:59.5595 (8 laps, race 1)*
2012/03/03 – Etienne vd Linde – 01:07.388, total time 9:02.1498 (8 laps, race 2)
2012/03/03 – Anthony Taylor – 01:07.200, total time 16:58.792 (14 laps, race 3)
2012/05/26 – Hennie Groenewald – 01:06.157, total time 8:53.2820 (8 laps, race 1)
2012/05/26 – Hennie Groenwald – 01:06.116, total time 8:57.6310 (8 laps, race 2)
2012/05/26 – Hennie Groenwald – 01:05.928, total time 15:37.037 (14 laps, race 3)

As you can see from the above results, the Subaru WRX STI did an amazing job with Hennie behind the race wheel. We will wait in anticipation for the next race meeting on 25 August, at the super amazing Zwartkops Raceway—Godspeed Stilo! •

Words & Photos: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Wesbank Super Series, Zwartkops Raceway, South African Motorsport, 2012/05/26, 232 images) Main Image: Hennie Groenewald #A8, Subaru WRX STI, Bridgestone Production Cars. Source: TJ Timing*

Wesbank Super Series, parc fermé.