|The Regional part of this year’s Extreme Festival circuit racing Festival will get underway in varied style at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria this Saturday (March 17).
The St Patrick’s Day Festival of Racing will cater for nine separate racing disciplines on four and two wheels, set to tackle a total of 18 races during the course of an action packed programme.
Heading up proceedings will be two races for autObarn SuperHatch cars, with the combination to beat in the 31-car field Brett Garland in his autObarn Honda Civic.
His closest adversaries should be Jonathan du Toit (TAR Honda Civic), Chris Davison (Precision Opel Superboss), Andre’ Dannhauser (Pro Auto Opel Corsa), Nic Martin (RDG Opel Kadett), Werner Pieterse (Scarlet Sun VW Golf) and Shaun Smith (Pta Noord Toyota RunX).
Front runners in the Motor Mart VW Challenge races should be Stiaan Kriel (Pozi Drive Polo), Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo), Wayne Masters (Performance Masters Polo), Gavin Ross (Norbrake Polo), Nic Clarke (Avo Suspension Polo), Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Polo), Wayne Crous (Toshiba Tech Polo) and Shaun Crous (Ancro Building Polo).
The Car Care Clinic 111 Sports and Saloon Car races will see a mixed bag of cars taking to the tarmac.
Leading competitors should include George Economides (Wealth Avenue BMW 328i), Louis Cloete (SV Tech VW Beetle), George Bezuidenhout (Accolade Nissan Primera), Neil Lobb (TVR Chimaera), Rory Eland (Dialogic VW Polo), Bjord Gebert (FAS Alfa Romeo GTV6), Wouter Roos (Stata Drilling VW Golf) and Lucas Bezuidenhout (Pta Noord Toyota Lexus).
Variety will also be the name of the game in the Yokohama Modified Production Car races, with Jeff Langeveldt (JDM Tuning Honda CRX), Keagan Pottas (EV Dynamics Honda), Paul Saayman (Intercity Auto Golf), Phillip Addicott (Leet Locost), Roan Ehlers (FEC Golf), Dirk Lawrence (Vaal Timbers Honda) and Richard Hodgson (Juvon Golf) fighting for podium places.
Two-wheeler fans will not be left out in the cold.
The Bridgestone Challenge races will see riders like Coen Erasmus (Auto Investment HondaondaH), Loutjie Vermeulen (Auto-Lo Suzuki GSXR), Hennie Swanepoel (Ultimate Kawasaki), Naasief Wadvalla (Fastbike Kawasaki), Harry van As (Wellness Honda), Waseem Wadvalla (Fastbike Yamaha R6), Michael Dixon (Westside Honda CBR) and Bradwyn Janse van Vuuren (Dot 2 Dot Kawasaki ZX6) in action.
The day’s closest racing could be provided by the Hankook Formula Vee brigade, whose slip-streaming battles around Zwartkops has become the stuff of legends over the years.
Front contenders should include Jaco Schriks (Bean Child Coffee Rhema), Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema), Gert van den Berg (BP Nantes Rhema), Lushen Ramchander (Technical Rope Forza), Brandon hills (Lube Fusion Rhema)and Symm Grobler (Rhema).
The Mivaal Historic racing brigade should see podium challengers like Brendon Parker (Datsun GX Coupe), Martin Botha (Climax Datsun GX), Martin Venter (Barrage Auto VW Jetta), Andy Gossman (Dimension Signs VW Scirocco), Ken Pryce (SV Tech Datsun Coupe), Andries Draper (Auto Classic Ford Escort), Travis Jensen (Jensen Towing Datsun GX) and Hubi von Moltke (Mecedes-Benz 280 CE).
Top contenders in the Big Boss Auto Super Saloon races must include Riaan Draper (Auto Classic Peugeot 206), Marius Jacobs (AAA Recovery Tigra Nissan), JP Nortje (N4 Autocraft VW Corrado) and Franco di Matteo (Deltech Alfa GT).
Rounding out events will be races for National Sports Cars, with drivers to watch Paul Sullivan (SBK Nash MV3), Steve Venter (TEG Nash), Neil de Later (Tornado Marketing Lotus Birkin) and James Forbes (Nash ADR MCE3).
The meeting will naturally recognise St Patrick’s Day, with the paddock to offer live music, green beer, free kiddies’ entertainment, and a flea market.
Story by Andre’ de Kok – The Citizen Images by Paul Blackburn