TJ Timing for all race results at Zwartkops Raceway
Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series

The penultimate round of the 2015 Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Championship will return to the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on Thursday 24 September. The series will once again join the Extreme Festival series as part of a special public holiday race day. With more than twenty five entries expected, the competitors in this popular series are expected to put on another action packed display of racing.

The Overall and individual class championships are still very much up for grabs and it will be anyone’s race for the taking. With a number of leading contenders in each class it will be an all-out battle for Overall and class honours.

The Individual class battles

Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series - Round 7 - Zwartkops

Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series – Round 7 – Zwartkops

Mishal Sing (E92 M3) has extended his lead in the class A championship after a solid result at the previous event. Devin Robertson (E90 320i Turbo) is still credited with second place despite missing the past few events but is not expected to race in the two remaining events this year. Jimmy Giannoccaro (E82 135i) moves up to third position ahead of his son Ricky Giannoccaro (E46 M3 GTR) who is still recovering from serious injuries sustained in a quad biking accident a few months ago. Ricky’s twin brother Gianni Giannoccaro (E46 M3) finds himself in fifth position behind the rest of the family.

The class B title chase continues to be a close run affair. Zimbabwean import Darren Winterboer (F30 335i) has now opened up a narrow six point lead over young Julian Fameliaris (E36 328i Turbo). Despite being the only normally aspirated car in the class Riaan Woest (E46 M3) is only a few points behind the two turbo charged entries ahead of him. Manny Ribeiro (E36 325i Turbo) finds himself in a lonely fourth position but maintains a healthy gap between himself and fifth placed Andries Greyvensteyn (E46 M3 Turbo). Dino Fameliaris (E36 328i Turbo) is still looking for the reliability that he enjoyed last season and will be hoping for better results in the remaining two events of the year.

Stefano Martinelli (E36 328i) continues to lead the class C battle. He has had some serious competition of late but some dominant results early on in the season have helped him to build up a healthy thirty five point lead over Fred Kruger (E46 M3). Warren Dodd (E36 328i) moves up to third position after some good results at the previous event and has also managed to close the gap on Kruger as well. Feroz Ebrahim (E46 M3 GTR) drops back to fourth position after missing the last three events. Mr Consistency Shane Grobler (E36 328i) is now only three points behind him as well and will be looking to move further up the leader board. With at least half a dozen other capable drivers in the class, the fight for valuable points will no doubt be closer than ever.

The class D title chase has now swung in favour of Mike Salt (E36 323i). He holds an eighteen point lead over nearest rival Arri van Heerden (E30 2.7) who lost valuable points at the previous event due to mechanical failure. Trevor Long (E36 328i) has regained third position and has also gained a few points on van Heerden. Craig Ball (E36 328i) suffered mechanical failure at Phakisa as well and drops back to fourth position. Bevan Meyer (E36 325i) holds onto fifth and will be looking to close the gap on Ball. Mike Grobler (E36 328i has worked his way into the top six and is only a solitary point behind Meyer. With no less than half a dozen other competitors in the class who are all capable of taking a points scoring position, the racing is expected to be closer than ever.

The Overall title chase

Under dog Martinelli is now the front runner in the Overall title chase

Under dog Martinelli is now the front runner in the Overall title chase

The battle for the coveted Overall title has seen a number of vital changes after the last event – and things could not be closer with only twelve points separating the top six! Stefano Martinelli (Class C) now leads the Overall Championship but is only a single point ahead of new second placed man Darren Winterboer (Class B).

Mish-al Sing (Class A) has dropped back to third but is still only four points behind the Zimbabwean. Julian Fameliaris (Class B) drops back to fourth position but is a mere two points behind Sing. Riaan Woest (Class B) holds onto fifth place but is only four points behind Fameliaris, while Mike Salt (Class D) finds himself a solitary point behind Woest.

With only two events left this season, the Overall title chase looks set to go down to the wire.

Current Point Standings

Class A

  1. Mish-Al Sing – 84 points
  2. Devin Robertson – 44 points
  3. Jimmy Giannoccaro – 39 points
  4. Ricky Giannoccaro – 34 points
  5. Gianni Giannoccaro – 14 points

Class C

  1. Stefano Martinelli – 89 points
  2. Fred Kruger – 54 points
  3. Warren Dodd – 47 points
  4. Feroz Ebrahim – 43 points
  5. Shane Grobler – 40 points
  6. Johan Dreyer – 28 points

Overall

  1. Stefano Martinelli – 89 points
  2. Darren Winterboer – 88 points
  3. Mish-Al Sing – 84 points
  4. Julian Fameliaris – 82 points
  5. Riaan Woest – 78 points
  6. Mike Salt – 77 points
Class B

  1. Darren Winterboer – 88 points
  2. Julian Fameliaris – 82 points
  3. Riaan Woest – 78 points
  4. Manny Ribeiro – 37 points
  5. Andries Greyvensteyn – 23 points
  6. Dino Fameliaris – 20 points

Class D

  1. Mike Salt – 77 points
  2. Arri Van Heerden – 59 points
  3. Trevor Long – 50 points
  4. Craig Ball – 43 points
  5. Bevin Meyer – 33 points
  6. Mike Grobler – 32 points

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Event Photographs: www.RacePics.co.za
Pre Race Report by Greg Reilly
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More about BMW Car Club Gauteng

The Club was formed in 1981 to afford like minded enthusiasts the opportunity to interact with each other through a comprehensive calendar of events, a club magazine and website portal. The Club also organizes adrenaline and social based events such as breakfast runs, classic car gatherings, Concours d’Elegance competitions, noggins, weekend trips, gymkhana’s and top speed events. The Club is proud of its family ethos where all enthusiasts are welcome. Annual membership starts from as little as R350, more information is available at www.bmwcarclub.co.za.

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