The Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria will offer spectators a double motorsport indulgence one Saturday, September 3.
Apart from round nine of the 2016 Extreme Festival motorsport series, the circuit will host a round of this year’s Mopar Endurance championship for sports and saloon cars, bringing night racing back to Gauteng.
@ Topping the day’s offering will be two races for G&H Transport Extreme Supercars, with some 20 of the country’s quickest circuit racing vehicles in action.
The combination to beat should be Charl Arangies in his Pirelli Lamborghini Galardo.
He should face strong opposition from the likes of Rui Campos (Sandton BMW GT), Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari 430 GT3), Jonathan Shenkman (Stradale OCC Lamborghini Galardo), Sav Gualtieri (Savspeed BMW F30), Willem van der Westhuizen (Stradale Ferrari 430 GT3), Nicky Dicks (Curvent Porsche 997), Sam Hamond (Stradale Lamborghini Galardo) and Darren Winterboer (Barons BMW 335i F30).
Others to watch must include Dawie Olivier (G&H Transport BMW M3), Mark du Toit (TAR Ferrari 360), Deon du Plessis (KTM X-Bow), Johan Engelbrecht (Joga Joga Porsche GT2R) and Andre’ van der Merwe (Evapco Ferrari 360).
Much interest should centre around the debut of Franco di Matteo’s all-new Varta Batteries Alfa Romeo GT, with the 3,7-litre, six-cylinder, twin turbocharged car expected to be blisteringly quick from the word go.
@ The AutObarn / Northern Bolt & Tool SuperHatch races should provide close racing, with drivers like Morne Human (ANCRO Mini Cooper S), Jonathan Konig (Northern Bolt Peugeot 206), Brett Garland (Jonnesway Honda Civic), Jonathan du Toit (TAR Honda Civic), Chris Davison (Aggreko Opel Superboss) and Mel Spurr (G&H AKA Opel Corsa) at the front end of their respective classes.
@ One of the day’s largest entries is expected in the races for 111 Sports and Saloon Cars. Competitors like Louis Robertse (IFM VW Polo), George Bezuidenhout (Accolade Nissan Primera), Harry Arangies (Stradale Porsche 944), Jannie van Rooyen (VW Scirocco), Vaughn Obhlidal (Tissot Porsche 944) and Gawie Marais (Titan Products Golf) should fight for overall victories.
@ The Sub10 Superbike brigade will boast entries like Ruperd Fourie (Silverton Bolt & Nut Kawasaki), Harry Timmermann (Yamaha R1), Patrick Tillman (Imageuity Kawasaki), Robin Harrison (Honda CBR), Wayne Spicer (Wellness Group Kawasaki) and Clifford Ogle (WHC Ducati).
@ Seef Fourie (Denmar Steel Legend), Justin Robertson (Big Boss Auto Legend), Shaun Nel (Legend), Steve Nel (Legend) and Alton Bouw (Legend) should head up the INEX Legends entry.
@ The Silverton Bolt & Nut Challenge should see riders like Johan Nortje (Fourways Kawasaki), Werner Strohm (Parrot Interactive Kawasaki), Riaan Fourie (Fourways Kawasaki) and Gareth Jackson (Mantech Yamaha R1) at the front end.
@ Ending the day’s activities will be a Mopar Three-Hour race for sports and saloon cars.
Scheduled to start in the late afternoon, it should run until after dark, with all competitors to make a compulsary pit stop at the time of their choosing.
Topping the entry list will be the Aidcall 247 Ligier JS49 of Simon Murray and Gavin Cronje, with its toughest adversaries expected to be the Harp Juno SS3 of Francis Carruthers and Johan Engelbrecht, plus the Weltevreden Estate Juno Sports of Andre’Bezuidenhout and Peter van der Spuy.
Others that could fight for podiums should the front runners stumble will include Hennie Trollip/Clinton Thorne (Lotus Seven), Stefan Puschavez/Peter Jenkins (M1 Equipment Nardini) and Mike Altona/Steve Pickering (Classic Porsche 910).
Top saloon car contenders should include Bradley Scott/Theo van Vuuren (Alfa Romeo GT), Dewald Brummer/Bevan Williams (MAD Golf), Adrian Dalton/Wayne Lebotschy (Shield Golf), Mike Schmidt/Bruce Avern-Taplim (Frankie’s Toyota Corolla) and Andre Dannhauser/Tyler Scott/Hilton van Nieuwenhuizen (ProAuto Opel Corsa).
The Zwartkops gates will be open from 8am, with racing scheduled to commence at 10am.
The racing apart, there will be a flea market, live music, a kiddie’s corner, food and drink for sale, plus a taxi service between the grandstands and the pits throughout the day.
For more information, call the Zwartkops office at 012 384 2299