South African historic car racing will return to its natural home at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria this Saturday (April 7), with the venue to host round two of the 2018 Historic Tour.
Topping the day’s events will be two races for SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars.
Victory favourites must include Jeffrey Kruger (TAR Plymouth Baracuda), Jonathan du Toit (TAR Chev Nova), Lee Thompson (TAR Ford Galaxie) and Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang).
Front runners in the Under Two-litre class will be Tom Campher Cars Volvo 122S drivers Vic Campher and Alan Poulter, Ben van der Westhuizen (Lotus Cortina), Robyn Kruger (Alfa GT), Rob Gearing (BMW 2002ti) and Roger Housten (CTR Alfa Romeo Giulietta).
Josh Dovey (Austin Healey), Ishmael Baloyi (TAR GSM Dart), Keith van Heerden (Jaguar D-Type), Jaco Taylor (Alfa Giulia) and Stephen Britz (MGB) could be podium chasers in the races for SKF Pre-1966 Little Giants. Others to watch should include Les McLeod (MGB Roadster), Chris Visagie (Ford Anglia), Mel Spurr (Ford Consul 315) and Mark van Rooyen (Sunbeam Alpine).
The races for sports cars will see Pre-1990 and Pre-1968 Le Mans Sports and GT cars competing together, and they should provide the day’s quickest lap times. Victory favourites should include Larry Wilford (Genie Lola T70), Warren Lombard (AC Cobra), Jonathan du Toit (Ecosse Mk2), Terry Wilford (Porsche 917), Peter Bailey (Ford GT40), Mark Lautth (Lola T70) and Dalais Junior (Ford GT40).
Heading up the Historic Single Seater entry will be Formula Atlantic cars, driven by Neil Lobb (Chevron B29), Peter Kernick (Ralt RT4 Mazda) and Colin Ellison (Ralt RT4 Mazda). Challenging them in terms of sheer pace should be Paul Manegold (Pilbeam), Jimmy Dunn (Gecko Mk4) and AJ Kernick (Dulon F3).
The Charlies Superspar Pursuit Racing races will see a large contingent of varied cars taking to the tarmac. Though difficult to predict, possible winners should include Rob van Aarle (Ford Escort), Gary Stacey (Ford XR6), Robbie Frank (Lotus 23B), Johan Swanepoel (Alfa Berlina), Kola de Klerk (Nissan 300Z), Ken Price (Datsun GX Coupe) and Mike Thompson (Ford Capri).
Andrew Horne (Van Diemen) will be man to beat in the Formula Ford Kent races, chased by people like Graham Hepburn (Van Diemen), Alex Vos (Formula Ford), Dean Venter (Mygale), David Jermy (Van Diemen) and Jeff Gable in his Van Diemen.
Adding flavour to proceedings will be two races for the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series contenders, with victory favourites to include current championship leader Paulo Louriero (BMW E36 M3 GTS) Jan Eversteyn (BMW E46 M3), Rick Loureiro (BMW E30 325iS), David Coetzee (BMW E36 328i Turbo), and Willie Erasmus (BMW E46 M3 GTR).
Jeffrey Kruger (Lotus 7) will doubtlessly start as the winning favourite in the LEET Racing Lotus Challenge events, chased by drivers like David Jermy (Lotus Taylon), Richard Benningfield (Caterham 7), Rob Gearing (Birkin 7), Sean Hewitt (Birkin S3), Etienne Strydom (Birkin 7) and Len Marshall Lotus 7).
The Marlboro Crane Hire races for Pre-1980 Historic Saloons should see Johan Smith (Mazda Capella), Phillip Pantazis (Datsun 240Z), Colin Ellison (Ford Fairlane), Martin Botha (Datsun GX Coupe), Mario Rossi (Alfa Romeo GTV6), Neil Lobb (Fiat 131) and Gerhard Henning (VW Scirocco) fighting at the front end.
A varied Formula Monoposto field will include drivers like Mac Odendaal (DAW FGti), Gerald Geldenhuys (Formula M), Cornel Smit (ARO Mk1), Paul Manegold (Formula Ford) and Karen Geldenhuys (Formula M).
The Zwartkops gates will be open from 7am, with racing to commence at 10am.
Admission will cost R100 per adult and R80 per students with kids under the age of 12 to go in for free.
Food and drink will be on sale or you may take your own and everybody is invited to visit the pits on foot at any time.
For more information call the Zwartkops Raceway at 012 384 2299.
Story by Andre de Kok – The Citizen.