Zwartkops to combine long distance and sprint racing spectacle
Nick Adcock and Michael Jensen (AidCall247 Ligier Honda) should be the team to beat in Saturday’s Mopar four-hour Endurance race at Zwartkops. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Nick Adcock and Michael Jensen (AidCall247 Ligier Honda) should be the team to beat in Saturday’s Mopar four-hour Endurance race at Zwartkops. Picture: RacePics.co.za

The Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria will host an exciting combination of long distance and sprint racing this Saturday (June 29), during the venue’s annual Winter Challenge raceday.

Heading up the programme will be round three of the 2019 Mopar Endurance Series, with 22 teams to take on a four-hour race.

Topping the entry list will be championship leaders Nick Adcock and Michael Jensen (AidCall247 Ligier Honda), facing off against people like Riaan Botma and Sarel van der Merwe (Auto Investment Ligier Honda), Fritz Kleynhans and James Forbes (Point Blank Ligier Honda), Charl and Harry Arangies (Stradale Lamborghini Gallardo), plus Romano Sartori and Franco di Matteo (AMC Ligier Honda).

The midfield battle should rage among people like Tony Martin/Mike McLoughlin (Backdraft Cobra), Trevor Graham/ Brian Martin (Backdraft Cobra), Richard Daley/ Ian Stoffberg (ROCOL Nissan 350Z), Uli Sanne/ John McLachlan (Alfa Romeo GT) and Ryan Quan-Chai/ Mark du Toit (TAR BMW Z4).

Theo van Vuuren/ Keegan Ward (Alfa Giulietta) could win the Saloon car category in Saturday’s Mopar Endurance race. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Theo van Vuuren/ Keegan Ward (Alfa Giulietta) could win the Saloon car category in Saturday’s Mopar Endurance race. Picture: RacePics.co.za

Front running saloon car entries must include Theo van Vuuren/ Keegan Ward (Alfa Giulietta), Dayne Angel/ Jarryd Evans (Autohaus Angel Honda Civic) and Wayne Lotter/Steve Truter (Globe Trotter BMW M3).

Earlier in the day, proceedings will be led by two races for the MotorMart VW Challenge brigade.

Top contenders must include Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo), Bevin Masters (CPS Warehouse Polo), Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Polo), Waldie Meintjies (Allwagen Polo), Gavin Ross (Norbrake Polo), Chris Dale (Blue Belt Polo), Derek Smalberger (Sabertek Polo) and Stiaan Kriel (MotorMart Polo).

Jonathan du Toit (TAR Honda Civic) must start as victory favourite in the races for Car Care Clinic Superhatches, challenged by people like Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Honda Civic), Brett Garland (autObarn Honda Civic), Karel Stoltz (Episerve Opel Kadett), Francois Henning (Select Registration Polo), Nic Martin RDG Peugeot 207), Mel Spurr (AKA Polo) and Trevor Stringer (Citrine Peugeot 206).

Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) should be a victory favourite in the races for MotorMart VW Challenge cars. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) should be a victory favourite in the races for MotorMart VW Challenge cars. Picture: RacePics.co.za

Topping the number of entries with 37 cars will be the races for Car Car Clinic 111 Sports and Saloon cars.

Top contenders must include Wouter Roos (Nathans VW Golf), Harry Arangies (Nissan 350Z), Dirk Lawrence (JDM Tuning Honda Ballade), Phillip Emmenis Rotary BMW M3), George Economides (Wealth Avenue BMW 328i), Ishmael Peck (National Hotrods Honda Civic) and Danie Deysel (Tyre city Honda CRX).

Single seater fans will not be left out in the cold.

The Hankook Formula Vee races will see Jaco Schriks (Cubed Coatings Rhema) as the man to beat, challenged by Gert van den Berg (Hankook Rhema), Lushen Ramchander (TRA Forza), Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema), Symm Grobler (Formula Vee) and Brandon Hills (Mangaza Rhema).

Nic Martin (RDG Peugeot 207), will chase podium places in Saturday’s races for Car Care Clinic Superhatches. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Nic Martin (RDG Peugeot 207), will chase podium places in Saturday’s races for Car Care Clinic Superhatches. Picture: RacePics.co.za

Historic Single Seater victory contenders must include Chris Clarke AVO Suspension Titan), Mike Ward (Royale), Stuart Grant (Lotus 61), Pat Dunseith (Merlyn) and Shaun Hillary (Infinitude Design Dulon).

The Zwartkops gates will be open from 6am, with the first race to commence at 7.30am.

The Mopar Endurance race will start at 1.30pm.

Admission will cost R100 per adult and R80 per student, with children under the age of 12 to go in for free.

Food and drink will be on sale or you can take your own, with all spectator invited to visit the pits on foot at any time.

The circuit’s Mini Moke trains will run between the pit gate and various grandstands throughout the day.

Spectators are asked to donate one blanket per car, to be distributed by the Zwartkops management among needy people. Blankets should be dropped at the circuit’s main office.

To find out more, call the Zwartkops circuit at 012 384 229

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