Passion for Speed event will be wide variety of chases over three days this weekend

The 19th Passion for SpeedThe 2020 South African circuit racing season will commence on a spectacular and international note at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria this weekend.

The Passion for Speed racing extravaganza will offer spectators a wide variety of motorsport highlights from the past and the present on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Topping Saturday’s bill in terms of sheer spectacle should be two races for SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars.

Dubbed the event’s Races of Champions, the two eight-lap heats will feature drivers like maestro Sarel van der Merwe (Ford Galaxie), Hennie Groenewald (Mercury Comet), Jeffrey Kruger (Plymouth Barracuda), Lee Thompson (Ford Galaxie), Colin Ellison (Ford Fairlane), Peter Lindenberg (Shelby Ford Mustang), Jonathan du Toit (Chev Nova), Mark du Toit (Ford Thunderbolt), and Netherlands visitor Michel Campagne (Ford Fairlane).

SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars
SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars

The Under Two-litre category should see front-runners like Vic Campher (Tom Campher Volvo 122S), Carel Pienaar (Lotus Cortina), Rob Gearing (BMW 2002), Roger Houston (Alfa Romeo Guilia), Alan Poulter (Vic Campher Volvo 122S),  Robyn Kriel (BMW 300), Francesco Lombardi (Alfa Romeo Guilia), Wouter Roos (Alfa GT) and Patrick Gearing (Alfa Romeo Guilia).

SKF Pre-1966 Legends Under 2 litre
SKF Pre-1966 Legends Under 2 litre

The event’s international flavour will mainly centre around two 10-lap races for Pre-1966 Historic Grand Prix Association cars, with 19 venerable Formula One entries taking to the tarmac.

Front-runners should include the 1964 Brabham BT11 of John Romano, the 1961 Lotus 18 of Andrew Beaumont, the 1962 Lotus 18/21 of Eric Staes, the 1964 Cooper Ford of Chris Drake, the 1960 Lotus 18 Alfa of Brad Hoyt, the 1960 Heron Alfa of Eddy Perk and the 1960 Cooper T53 of Will Nuthall.

The absolute star of the show should be the extremely rare 1956 Maserati F250 of Christian Dumolin – easily the most expensive car at the event.

Historic Grand Prix Association
Historic Grand Prix Association

The quickest historic cars of the weekend should be the Pre-1974 International Sports Racing Prototypes.

Podium contenders should include Larry Wilford (Genie Lola T70), Colin Ellison (Chevron B19),  Andre’ Bezuidenhout (Porsche RSR Turbo), Jonathan du Toit (Chevron B8), Peter Bailey (Porsche 917), Keegan Campos (Porsche RSR), Mark du Toit (Lola T70 Spyder), Neil Lobb (Lola T70), plus Swedish visitors Janne Kling (Ford GT40) , Brent Andersson (Lola 212) and  Kenneth Persson (Ford GT40).

Pre-1974 International Sports Racing Prototypes
Pre-1974 International Sports Racing Prototypes

Officially, the day’s premier event will be the 45-minute Castrol Tourist Trophy race for Pre-1968 Le Mans Sports and GT Cars.

The race will have a mandatory three-minute pit stop, which can be done at the discretion of the crew.

Top teams must include Mark/Jonathan du Toit (Ford Daytona), Peter Bailey (Ford GT40), Chad ten Doeschate (Shelby Cobra), Warren Lombard (Shelby Cobra), Rui Campos (Lola T70 Spyder), Peter/Paige Lindenberg (Ford Daytona), Russel Fear (Lola T70 Spyder), Thomas Falkiner (Ford Mustang), Frans van Marshalckvaart (Chev Corvette), Graham Vos (Duphet) and Djurk Venter/James Temple (Ford Daytona).

45-minute Castrol Tourist Trophy
45-minute Castrol Tourist Trophy

The SKF Pre-1966 Little Giants races should see front runners like Ishmael Baloyi (GSM Dart Alfa), Mark van Rooyen (Sunbeam Alpine), Jake Dovey (Austin Healey Sprite), Adrian Velaers (Ford Cortina), Stephen Britz (MGB), Chad ten Doeschate (Alfa Sprint Spider), Terrence Botes (Mini Cooper S), Melanie Spurr (Ford Consul 315), Robbie Frank (Lotus 23B) and Les McLeod (MGB).

SKF Pre-1966 Little Giants
SKF Pre-1966 Little Giants

The races for Pre-1974 Single Seaters will include drivers like Alan Bailey (Brabham BT14), Des Hillary (Dulon), Richard Smeeton (Wainer), Jason Williams (Lotus 20), Ian Ronley (Lotus 22), Pat Dunseith (Merlyn), Paul Richardson (Dulon) and Ian Hebblewaite (Merlyn).

Pre-1974 Single Seaters
Pre-1974 Single Seaters

With 41 cars taking to the tarmac, the day’s largest entry will be in the races for Greats from the Past vehicles, that will combine Pre-1981 Saloon Car and Midvaal Historic cars.

At the front end, veteran Willie Hepburn in his venerable Opel Rekord V8 will face off against people like Joe dos Santos (Opel Calibra V8), Eugene Gous (Chev Firenza CanAm), Malcolm Uytnbogaardt (Basil Green Granada V8) plus the Datsun 240Z entries of Phillip Pantazis, Sophos Pantazis and Jan-Willem de la Porte.

Willie Hepburn in his venerable Opel Rekord V8
Willie Hepburn in his venerable Opel Rekord V8

Top Midvaal Historics competitors should include Deon van Vuuren (Mazda R100), Brendon Parker (Datsun Coupe), Johann Smith (Mazda Capella), Travis Jensen (Datsun 1200), Franz Jensen (Datsun 1200) and Stewart White (Alfa GTV6).

Midvaal Historics
Midvaal Historics

Rounding out the day’s events will be two Pursuit Series handicap races. Reigning champion Werner Hartzenberg (Porsche 928) will face competition from people like Kola de Klerk (Datsun 300ZX).

Pursuit Series
Pursuit Series

Racing apart, there will be a wide variety of activities like helicopter flips, hot laps on the main circuit, drifting demonstrations, passenger rides on the kart circuit, plus skidpan activities and some rough stuff on the venue’s 4×4 track.

A number of car and motorcycle clubs will have static displays, while a motoring orientated flea market will offer a wide range of memorabilia.

There will be food and drink on sale, while the circuit’s kiddie’s entertainment area will offer clowns, face painting, pedal car rides and the like.

Visitors will be welcome to bring their own food and drink, cooler boxes, gas braais and gazebos.

Zwartkops Raceway is for the whole family welcoming those who wish to camp out on our embankments for the day
Zwartkops Raceway is for the whole family welcoming those who wish to camp out on our embankments for the day

Everybody is invited to visit the pits on foot at any time.

You do not have to walk far to do that. The venue’s Mini Moke trains will run throughout the event, operating endlessly between the pit gate and the various viewing areas.

Saturday’s modern car racing at Zwartkops should add much excitement to the events.

Heading up the programme, and sure to provide the day’s quickest lap times, will be two 15-lap races for G&H Transport Extreme Supercars.

Top contenders to beat should be Franco Scribante (Porsche 997 Turbo), Pieter Zeelie (Zeelie Auditors Toyota MR2 Celica Turbo), Gianni Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Lamborghini Gallardo), Ben Morgenrood (Lexus Turbo), Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari  430), Nicky Dicks (Stradale Porsche 997 GT3), Mark du Toit (TAR Ferrari 430) and Greg Parton (Drizit Lamborghini  Huracan).

G&H Transport Extreme Supercars
G&H Transport Extreme Supercars

Others to watch must include Deon du Plessis (BPT KTM X-Bow), Jonathan Shenkman (Stradale Lamborghini Gallardo), Kris Budnic (Dodge Viper),  Dino Scribante (Scribante Labour Porsche 997T),  Darren Winterboer (Barons BMW E92 M3), Wynand van der Merwe (Sandton Dental Porsche GT3), Stefan Snyders (Steton Porsche RSR), Marius Jackson (Megafibre Audi R8) and Harry Arangies (Stradale Ferrari 360).

The most powerful vehicles on the day will be the Mobil 1 V8 Supercars, with defending champion Mackie Adlem (Jaguar XKR), to be challenged by  Franco di Matteo (Jaguar XKR), Thomas Reib (Mobil 1 Chev  Lumina), JP Nortje  (Chev Corvette), Terry Wilford  (Ford Falcon), Julian Familiaris (Lube-Net Corvette), Antonie Marx (Jaguar XKR) and David m Coetzee (Elksa Ford Falcon).

The Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series brigade will bring 29 cars to the party, with reigning title holder Andreas Meier (#Trained Amateur BMW Satcar), to face some tough competition.

Taking him on will be drivers like Dino Familiaris (BMW M3), Sav Gualtieri (Savspeed BMW 335i Turbo),  Rui Campos (BMW 328i), Johan Evertsteyn (Bavaria 0,0% BMW E46 M3), Rick Loureiro (Combined BMW 335i), Shane Grobler (Mayfair Gearbox BMW 330i), Carlo Garbini (Kimbo Coffee BMW 328i Turbo), Salvi Gualtieri (Savspeed BMW 328i Turbo) and  Oz Biagioni (Bio Pool BMW M3).

Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series
Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series

Sunday’s events at Zwartkops will cater for lovers of two-wheeler events

Topping the programme will be races for Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 motorcycles, with 21 entries on the grid.

Defending South African champion Graeme van Breda will be the man to beat on his Stefanutti Stocks ZX10, with his closest challengers people like Gareth Bezuidenhout (Fishcurry ZX10), Jonty Colllard (Pappaz Pizza ZX10), Jaco Gous (Kawasaki ZX10), Gareth Jackson (Factory 22 ZX10), Johan le Roux (Avidan ZX10), Teddy Brooke (Brooke Refrigeration ZX10) and Ruaan Oberholzer (Kawasaki ZX10).

Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters
Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters

Having graduated from the regional Bridgestone Challenge series the efforts of lady racer Landi Sinden (Kawasaki ZX10) will be watched with keen interest.

Reigning South African Superbike champion Clinton Seller (King Price Yamaha R1) will start as victory favourite in the Superbike races, chased by riders like Lance Isaacs (LIR BMW S1000RR), Hendrik de Bruin (NETCB Yamaha R1), Shaun Vermaak (Honda CBR) and Dino Iozzo (King Price Yamaha R6).

Rounding out the day’s activities will be races for the Bridgestone Challenge brigade.

Bridgestone Bikes
Bridgestone Bikes

Front runners should include Hein McMahon (BDJ Freight BMW S1000RR), Naasief Wadvalla (Fast Bike Yamaha R1), Hendrik Erasmus (BMW S1000RR), Harry Timmermann (Performance Technic BMW HP4R), Nicholas Gertenbach (Westside BMW S1000RR), Harry Potgieter (Green Machine Truimph Daytona) and Henk Schuiling (Air Systems Kawasaki ZX10).

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