Braai Day racing at Zwartkops a great success - Extreme Festival - 24 September 2015
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Spectacular competition, a large crowd and further confirmation that motor racing on public holidays is a brilliant concept. Those were the main messages from Thursday’s Heritage Day Extreme Festival race meeting at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria.

Top billing went to the G&H Transport Extreme Supercar events, with some of the country’s fastest circuit racing cars fighting for supremacy.

Joel Silva (Speed & Sound BMW E36) stood on the podium after both of Thursday's Races for Speed & Sound 111 Sports and Saloon Cars
Joel Silva (Speed & Sound BMW E36) stood on the podium after both of Thursday’s Races for Speed & Sound 111 Sports and Saloon Cars

Daryn Upton (Turn-Skill Kawasaki) and Garrick Vlok (Diamond Core BMW) fought for victory in Thursday's Thunderbike races
Daryn Upton (Turn-Skill Kawasaki) and Garrick Vlok (Diamond Core BMW) fought for victory in Thursday’s Thunderbike races

The opening race went to the Siris Holding BMW M3 of Lee Thompson, just more than a second ahead of Toby Venter’s works Porsche GT2R.

Behind them, a massive three-car dice finally went to Johan Engelbrecht (Jogajoga Porsche GT2R), ahead of Jonathan du Toit (Ferrari 430), and Anton Cronje (AF Hydraulics Subaru WRX).
Race two went to Thompson’s BMW again, this time with Venter’s Porsche right on his rear wing.

Anton Cronje took his Subaru to third, leading home Jonathan du Toit’s Ferrari and Johan Engebrecht’s Porsche.

Thompson sealed the deal by also winning race three from Venter, officially making the BMW South Africa’s fastest privateer race car.

Cronje finished third again, followed by Engelbrecht and Du Toit.

Kyle Robinson (Fantech ZX10R) took the opening Red Square Kawasaki Masters Cup race from Greame van Breda (IVID ZX10R) and Johan le Roux (Avidan ZX10R). The second race went to Tony Klem (Frontier Diamonds ZX10R), followed by Graeme van Breda and Johan le Roux.

Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series
Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series

Comsol VW Challenge
Comsol VW Challenge

Mish-al Sing (Tune Tech BMW E92) won both the BMW Car Club races from Darren Winterboer (Barons BMW E30), with Julian Familiaris (Tower Crane BMW E36) and Manny Ribiero (MBS Carriers BMW E36) taking turns in the final podium place, respectively.

Both the Thunderbike races were won by Garrick Vlok (Diamond Core BMW), leading home Daryn Upton (Turn-Skill Kawasaki) and Dean Vos (Trolan Kawasaki).

Adrian Dalton (Xtra Shoes VW Golf Turbo) won the first race for Speed & Sound 111 Sports and Saloon Cars from George Bezuidenhout (The Forkman Nissan Almera) and Joel Silva (Speed & Sound BMW E36). Dalton repeated the victory the second time out, this time shadowed by Joel Silva and Ian Ehlers (Imperial VW Polo).

Werner Pieterse (VW Golf) took the first Leisure Grass SuperHatch victory ahead of Hilton van Nieuwenhuizen (ASAP Citroen C2) and Jeffrey Kruger (Steamsure VW Polo). Kruger won the next time around, followed by Brett Garland (Jonnesway Honda Civic) and Van Nieuwenhuizen.

Waldie Meintjies (LTR Polo) took the Comsol VW Challenge overall, followed by Rory Atkinson (VW Polo) and Devon Piazza-Musso (Piazza Polo).

Veteran Neil Lobb (Revolution Shelby) won the eight-lap Sports Car race ahead of Barry Ingle (NAC Helicopters Shelby) and Donovan Roscoe (Fantastic Shelby).

The next round of the 2015 Extreme Festival Tour will take place at the Western Cape Killarney circuit on Saturday, October 24.

Story courtesy of Andre De Kock – The Citizen.

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