Zwartkops Raceway

Large crowd treated to brilliant racing in Passion of Speed spectacle at Zwartkops – 2018

Large crowd treated to brilliant racing in Passion of Speed spectacle at Zwartkops - 2018

Saturday’s 17th international historic Passion for Speed event at the Zwartkops Raceway provided brilliant racing, a large crowd and some unexpected results.

The event, which traditionally opens the South African circuit racing season, saw mostly historic car racing spectacle, intermingled with some really quick modern-day Supercar action.

The biggest crowd drawcards were certainly the SKF races for Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars.

The opening race started in dramatic fashion, when the Plymouth Baracuda of Jeffrey Kruger shed its windscreen at some 180 km/h, causing him to execute a full 360-degree spin in the back straight.

SKF Pre 1966 Legends of the 9 Hour Production Cars V8 – Jeffrey Kruger (1965 Plymouth Baracuda)
SKF Pre 1966 Legends of the 9 Hour U2 Cars – Alan Poulter (1965 Volvo 122s) and Trevor Tuck (1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta)

Then Jonathan du Toit spun his Chev Nova in the ultra-fast Turn Five, while the Studebaker Golden Hawke of Marius Roberts lost a wheel.

All of which left Peter Lindenberg to win in his Ford Mustang, leading home Sarel van der Merwe (Chevelle), Mark du Toit (Chev Bel-Air) and Clive Densham (Alfa GT).

Kruger came back to win race two in style, followed by Netherland racer Michiel Campagne (Ford Galaxie), Jonathan du Toit (Chev Nova) and Van der Merwe.

Alan Poulter won the opening race for SKF Pre-1966 Under Two-Litre cars in his Volvo 122S, followed by Trevor Tuck (Alfa Giulia) and Vic Campher (Volvo 122S).

Campher won the next time, ahead of Rob Gearing (BMW 2002) and Poulter.

The 45-minute race for Pre-1968 Le Mans Sports and GT Cars – officially the day’s main event – went to Mark and Jonathan du Toit in their Lola T70 Spyder, followed by Donald Duncan (McLaren), Warren Lombard (Cobra Ford) and Josh Dovey (Ginetta GTR).

Castrol Pre 1966/68 Le Mans Sports & GT SA TT – Mark du Toit/ Jonathan du Toit (1965 Lola T70)
Castrol Pre 1974 International Sports Prototypes – Andre Bezuidenhout (1974 Porsche RSR Turbo) and Franco Scribante (1970 Chevron B19)

Franco Scribante (Chevron B19) won the first race for Pre-1974 International Sports Prototypes from Andre’ Bezuidenhout (Porsche RSR Turbo) and Jonathan du Toit (Chevron B9).

Scribante’s car succumbed to electrical maladies the next time out, leaving the victory to Steve Humble (Mallock M14B), followed by Bezuidenhout and Jason Campos (Ford GT40).

Michael Briggs won the Volkswagen Celebrity Challenge race by a wide margin in his VW Polo, followed by the identical cars of Sarel van der Merwe, Chris Aberdein and Geoff Mortimer.

Volkswagen Celebrity Challenge – Mike Briggs
SKF LITTLE Giants – Robyn Kruger (1958 GSM Dart)

The first Race for pre-1966 Little Giants – held in pouring rain – went to lady racer Robyn Kruger in a GSM Dart, followed by Franco Resca (MGB GT) and Deon Vanlentine (Mini Cooper).

Valentine took race two from Chris O’Neill (Jaguar E-Type) and Wynand du Plessis (MGB GT).

Jeffrey Kruger won both the LEET Lotus

Challenge races in his Lotus Seven, with Rob Gearing (Birkin 7) and Thomas Falkiner (Taylon 7) swapping the respective second and third places.

G & H Transport Extreme Supercars – Charl Arangies (Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
Leet Racing Lotus Challenge – Jeffrey Kruger (Lotus Seven)

The day’s quickest lap time was set by Charl Arangies, at just over 60 seconds in his Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

He won both the G&H Transport Extreme Supercar races from Marcel Angel (Ferrari 458 GT3, with Jonathan du Toit (Ferrari 430) and Deon du Plessis (KTM X-Bow) taking turns in the respective third places.

Franco Denadio (Ford Escort BDA) won the Marlboro Crane Hire Historic saloon car races, followed home by Robbi Smith (BMW E30) on both occasions.

Marlboro Crane Hire Pre 1980 Historic Saloons classes A to E – Franco Denado (1974 Ford Escort)
Marlboro Crane Hire Pre 1980 Historic Saloons classes F to H – Francois Jacobs (1974 Datsun 1200 GX)
Historic Single Seaters 1950 to 1974 – Stuart Greig (1961 Lotus 22)

Bjord Gebert and Gerhard Henning (VW Scirocco) took the respective third places.

Keegan Ward (Royale) won the first race for Pre-1974 Single Seaters from Stuart Greig (Lotus 22) and Richard Wilson (Lotus 27).

Greig won the next time out, ahead of Wilson and Chris Clarke (Titan).

The next car event at the Zwartkops Raceway will be the opening round of the 2018 Extreme Festival on Saturday, March 17.