LAST TITLE HOLDER. Hennie Groenewald won SA’s very last Production Car race at Zwartkops on Saturday, to become the country’s very last Production Car champion
Extreme Festival

Championships: Marathon 27 races with 300 competitors battling it out

This year’s Extreme Festival series ended in style at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday, with more than 300 competitors and 27 races keeping a large crowd entertained throughout the day.

LAST TITLE HOLDER. Hennie Groenewald won SA’s very last Production Car race at Zwartkops on Saturday, to become the country’s very last Production Car champion
LAST TITLE HOLDER. Hennie Groenewald won SA’s very last Production Car race at Zwartkops on Saturday, to become the country’s very last Production Car champion

Most of the season’s championships were concluded during a marathon series of races.

The most important title went to Hennie Groenewald, who clinched the overall National Production Car championship in his Sasol Audi S4. Groenewald was followed in the title chase by Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi S4). Groenewald won the opening race and Stephen the second.

Then, in the final, Groenewald took a narrow victory to write the country’s final Production Car Championship title behind his name.


YOUNG CHAMPION. Teenager Sheldon van der Linde (Champion Polo) clinched this year’s Engen Volkswagen Cup title on Saturday
YOUNG CHAMPION. Teenager Sheldon van der Linde (Champion Polo) clinched this year’s Engen Volkswagen Cup title on Saturday

Toby Venter (Porsche GT2B) won both the races for G&H Transport Extreme Supercars, with the respective second places going to Charl Arangies (Stradale Lamborghini) and Jaki Scheckter (Pablo Clark Ferrari F340).

Teenager Sheldon van der Linde (Champion Polo), took the 2015 Engen Volkswagen Cup title by scoring a second and a third place on the day. Tasmin Pepper (PG Glass Polo) and Bradley Liebenberg (Ferodo Polo) took the two race victories, respectively.

Andre de Lange (IDG Gearbox Ford Fiesta) took the season’s overall and Class C titles in the Leisure Grass Superhatch category. The Class A title victory went to Hilton van Nieuwenhuizen (ASAP Citroen C2), with Morne Human (X35 Energy Golf) scooping up the year’s Class B accolade.

Graeme van Breda (IVID ZX10R) arrived at Zwartkops as this year’s crowned Red Square Kawasaki Masters champion. He confirmed the status by winning the category’s single, 20 lap race ahead of Johan le Roux (Avidan ZX10R) and Stuart Russell (Fuel Gas ZX10R.

Daryn Upton (Turn-Skill Kawasaki) clinched the Thunderbike title with a third place in the opening race. He finished behind Dean Vos (Trojan Kawasaki) and Greg Gildenhuys (Autohaus BMW). The second race victory went to Garrick Vlok (BMW), ahead of Dean Vos and Daryn Upton.

Robert Wolk (Investchem Mygale) clinched the year’s Formula 1600 Duratec title by scoring points in both the day’s races. Dewald Brummer (MAD Mygale) won both times, followed by Keagan Masters (Performance Mygale) on both occasions.

Adrian Dalton (Xtra Shoes Golf Turbo) won both the Speed & Sound 111 Sport and Saloon Car races, with Jeff Langeveldt (JDM Tuning Honda CRX) and George Bezuidenhout (Accolade Nissan Primera) finishing second on the two occasions, respectively.

Alan Holm (Office Direct Vee) won both of the day’s Hankook Formula Vee races, with Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema) and Brad Benningfield (Nashua Vee) taking turns in the second places, respectively.

Veteran Rui Campos rolled out his new V8-powered Shelby CanAm sports car and promptly won the first of the day’s National Sports Car Challenge races ahead of Neil Lobb (Revolution Shelby). Jason Campos took over the new car in race two, winning ahead of Neil Lobb.

James Hurley (The Starter Pack Polo) won both the Comsol VW Challenge races overall.

Story courtesy of Andre De Kock – The Citizen.

Pictures courtesy of RacePics.co.za.

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