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Hot racing at Zwartkops Winter Challenge – 9 June 2018

The Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria will host a wide variety of competition on four and two wheels, including the circuit’s only Endurance race of the year, this Saturday (June 9).

The races for SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars should see Jonathan du Toit (Chev Nova) and Jeffrey Kruger (Chevelle) fight for podium places

Top billing on the programme will belong to two races for SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars, with top contenders Hennie Groenewald (Mercury Comet), Peter Lindenberg (Shelby Mustang), Mark du Toit (Ford Fairlane), Jeff Kruger (Chevelle), Jonathan du Toit (Chev Nova) and Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang).

Starting behind the big cars, the SKF Pre-1968 Little Giants class should see front-runners like Ishmael Baloyi (GSM Dart), Keith van Heerden (D-Type Jaguar), Chris Carlisle-Kitz (Ford Anglia), Mark van Rooyen (Sunbeam Alpine), Melanie Spurr (Ford Consul 315), Jaco Taylor (Alfa Romeo GT Junior) and Robin Clarke (MG Magnette).

Veteran Larry Wilford (Lola T70) should be the man to beat in the races for SKF Sports and GT cars, with his closest adversaries drivers like Warren Lombard (AC Cobra), Jonathan du Toit (Ecosse), Mark du Toit (Lola T70 Spyder), Hennie Groenewald (Chev Camaro), and James Dalais (Ford GT40).

Running behind the sports cars will be SKF Under Two-Litre Saloon Cars, with the top contenders Vic Campher and Alan Poulter in their Volvo 122S entries, Mark Miller (Alfa Romeo Giulia Super), Trevor Tuck (Alfa Romeo Giulia), Jacques Baartman (Alfa Romeo GTV), Carel Pienaar (Lotus Cortina), Francesco Lombardi (Alfa Romeo Giulia) and Ben van der Westhuizen (Lotus Cortina).

Trevor Tuck (Alfa Romeo Giulia) and Alan Poulter (Volvo 122S) should chase podium places in the races for SKF Under Two-Litre cars
Trevor Tuck (Alfa Romeo Giulia) and Alan Poulter (Volvo 122S) should chase podium places in the races for SKF Under Two-Litre cars

The Midvaal Historic car race will see a wide variety of cars, with podium chasers probably to include Eugene Gouws (Chev Firenza CanAm), Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang), Jannie van Rooyen (VW Scirocco),  Clive Densham (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint GT), Seef Fourie (Datsun 160Y), Francois Jacobs (Datsun 1200 GX), Andries Draper (Ford Escort), Hubi von Moltke (Mercedes-Benz 280 CE) and Johan Swanepoel (Alfa Berlinetta).

Fans of two-wheeler racing will not be left out in the cold. Racing together, the Bridgestone Thunderbikes and SUB 10 Superbikes should add much spectacle. The man to beat must be Lance Isaacs (Supa Bets BMW S100RR) chased by people like Nicolas Grobler (Adrenalin Powersport Yamaha R1), Clifford Ogle (Rapid Blue Ducati), Pierre Grobler (Kawasaki ZX-10R), Hein McHahon (BDJ Freight BMW S100RR), Johan Nortje (Ultimate Kawasaki ZX-10R) and Harry Potgieter (T Squared Kawasaki ZX10R).

The Ginetta G57 V8 of Simon Murray and Gavin Cronje should set Saturday’s quickest lap time at Zwartkops
The Ginetta G57 V8 of Simon Murray and Gavin Cronje should set Saturday’s quickest lap time at Zwartkops

The Bridgestone Challenge races should see riders like Michael Dixon (Westside Honda CBR), Naasied Wadhalla (Fast Bike Kawasaki ZX10R), Zaidy Williams (Decta Steel Suzuki GSXR) Deon de Beer (Stone Library Triumph) and Francois de Villiers (RSA Suzuki GSXR) fighting for the top positions.

Ending proceedings will be a four-hour race for Sports and GT cars – round three of the 2018 Mopar South African Endurance Championship series. The fastest car in the line-up will certainly be Ginetta G57 V8 of Simon Murray and Gavin Cronje – in fact, should the team put its mind to it, they could set a new overall Zwartkops lap record. However, the Ginetta will be thirsty, and the Zwartkops Raceway demands overall efficiency, rather than sheer pace, in long-distance events. Thus, logical victory favourites should be Nick Adcock and Michael Jensen in their AidCall 247 Ligier Evo, Charl Arangies/ Kishoor Pitamber (Stradale Ferrari 458), Dayne Angel/ Marcel Angel (Autohaus Angel Ferrari 458), Craig Jarvis/Stephen Young/ Stuart White (Fantastic Formula Renault), Fritz Kleynhans/James Forbes (Comenius Ligier Evo),  plus the Backdraft Roadster V8 entries of Tony Martin/Mike McLoughlin and Brian Martin/Trevor Graham.

Jonathan du Toit (Ecosse Ford) should be a front-runner in the races for SKF Sports and GT Cars
Jonathan du Toit (Ecosse Ford) should be a front-runner in the races for SKF Sports and GT Cars

The class for small sportscars will include teams like Josh Dovey/Gerald Wright (Sports 2000), Steve Venter/ Jonathan Nash (TEU SA Nash), Dean Wolson/ Peter Schmidt-Loffler (Nash MVW3) and Nicholas/Ronald van Weely (Magnificent Paints Van Weely Special). Top contenders in the Saloon Car category should include Bradley Scorer/Theo van Vuuren (Arnold Chatz Alfa Romeo Giulietta) and George Smalberger/Heinz Bose (CRC Q20 VW Golf Gti).

Racing apart, the Zwartkops Raceway will offer patrons a beer garden, a flea market, live entertainment, and a Kiddies’ Corner, while everybody will be invited to visit the pits on foot at any time. The venue’s Mini Moke road trains will run between the pit gate and the various grandstands all day.