Brilliant racing, close competition and varied results typified round eight of this year’s Extreme Festival at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday (August 8). The Sasol Raceday attracted a large crowd, to be royally entertained by nine separate racing disciplines.
Meanwhile a large flea market, live musical entertainment and varied off-track entertainment ensured a carnival atmosphere.
Raceday sponsor Sasol were pleased when Sasol Audi S4 drivers Gennaro Bonafede and Hennie Groenewald finished first and second in the day’s opening National Production Car race. They led home Michael Stephen
(Engen Xtreme Audi S4), Gary Formato (Turn 1 Ford Focus ST), Simon Moss (Engen Xtreme Audi S4) and Graeme Nathan (Genuine Parts VW Golf GTI).
Race two, from a reverse-order grid, had Bonafede spinning early on, while Simon Moss and Michael van Rooyen (Williams Hunt Chev Cruze) made contact coming into the pit straight, causing Van Rooyen to retire a lap later. That left Graeme Nathan to win from Hennie Groenewald, Gary Formato, Michael Stephen, Gennaro Bonafede and Simon Moss. Bonafede made no mistakes in the third and final race, leading from start to
finish. He was followed by Graeme Nathan, Gary Formato, Michael Stephen, Hennie Groenewald and Michael van Rooyen.