Extreme Festival heads to Grand Prix Circuit
Race fans are set for a treat when the fourth round of the 2018 South African Extreme Festival National Circuit Racing Championship roadshow heads to the idyllic East London Grand Prix Circuit on Workers Saturday 16 June. Especially considering that each of the top race series in the country arrive at South Africa’s fastest, oldest and perhaps most prestigious race circuit with every championship poised on a literal knife’s edge.
It could not be closer at the head of the Sasol GTC championship race, which has shown great pace and some very close racing of late, all of which has seen to Port Elizabeth driver Simon Moss and his Petronas Audi heading to the Border meeting all of three championship points clear of Johannesburg Sasol BMW driver Gennaro Bonafede, with double champion Michael Stephen another three points adrift in the second Petronas Audi.
There’s just as close a spat for fourth between Rustenburg privateer Michael van Rooyen (RSC BMW) and Daniel Rowe (VW Motorport Jetta) who has won two of the last four races, with Robert Wolk (Sasol BMW), Johan Fourie (EPS BMW) and Matthew Hodges in the other Jetta all close behind. There’s also a needle match going down in the Sasol GTC2 title race, where VW Motorsport Golf GTI lad Keagan Masters holds a slender 7-point lead over Ferodo Mini man Bradley Liebenberg, with Trevor Bland (Universal Health GTI) and Devin Robertson (Champion Mini) close behind and followed by Charl Smalberger (Sebertek GTI) and Dayne Angel (Autohaus Angel Honda).
Competition is even tighter at the top of the new turbocharged Engen Polo Cup, where the best of SA’s future superstars will continue their fight for glory and Jeffrey Kruger (Universal Health) finds himself just a single point clear of lady racer and Masters leader Tasmin Pepper (Electric Life). They have a handy lead over VW Motorsport Development prodigy Jonathan Mogotsi, but the next seven cars are covered by just fifteen points as fourth placed Keegan Campos leads Charl Wilken, Shaun La Reservee and Darren Oates; Clinton Bezuidenhout, Daniel Duminy, Delon Thompson and Juan Gerber. Should prove a panel beater’s delight!
The Investchem Formula 1600 lads will continue in their quest for that Road to Indy chance in East London, when yet another close-fought championship moves into its next phase. Last race winner Nicolas van Weely (Magnificent Paints) sits just four points behind early runaway championship leader Stuart White (Fantastic Racing), with Alex Gillespie (ERP Trucking) a further six points adrift. Liam Pienaar meanwhile leads a three-way fight for fourth in the championship race with Andrew Schofield and Cameron O’Connor and the three of them split by just six points. Both White and O’Connor however missed the previous meeting as they raced overseas, but all the title protagonists will now rejoin battle at the Grand Prix Circuit, so expect a weekend of no-holds-barred single seater racing down East London way too.
There is also a healthy supporting bill — in fact some fans may find the allure of the old school V8 Supercars thundering flat out down through Potters Pass past Rifle Range before braking from over 300km/h for the beachside Copabana bend an even bigger attraction. But that’s not all — the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup will add a little two-wheeled magic; the local lot will be hammer and tongs in the next round of the BMSC Modified Saloon Championship and the upcountry Car Care Clinic 111 Sports & Saloons will escape their regular confines of Zwartkops to stretch their legs through East London’s thick, pure air.
So, Youth Day Saturday 16 June promises a great day’s racing in paradise at a legendary location. The East London Grand Prix Circuit is situated at the end of Potters Pass off the R72 Settlers Way. Locals can purchase early bird tickets from the BMSC Office, at several outlets in the city or at the gate at on raceday. Contact 043 736 4023, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://bmsc.co.za for more.