Midvaal Inland Championship Preview
The 2017 Inland Championship is set to kick off at the Midvaal Raceway in Meyerton with the Amtec Race Day promising to produce some spectacular racing at the first event of the year. Northern Regions racing continues to ride the wave of success that they had last year with the 'Real People, Real Racing' tag line living up to its name. The Inland Championship Roadshow is arguably the most diverse in local Motorsport circles with almost every genre of four wheel racing participating in the series.
The Big Boss Auto Super Saloons series will be looking at having another exciting season. The GTA class are expected to create more fireworks with defending champion Ben Morgenrood taking on drivers like 2016 sensation Devin Robertson, Amos Cockerham Jnr and series newcomer Lonika Maartens. The four other GT classes in the field will be looking to grow their numbers and produce even more competitive racing than last season.
The popular Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series are expected to continue their success story with even more competitive racing on the cards for the new season. An impressive field of cars is expected to line up on the grid with a number of defending champions throwing the gauntlet down early on in the season. The Fameliaris cousins will be back for more action with Julian looking to defend his 2016 Overall and class A titles. Riaan Woest will be out to defend his class B title against the rest of the turbo charged field in his normally aspirated entry. Defending class C champion Lorenzo Gaultieri is expected to move up to class A leaving a number of other capable drivers to fight it out for class C honours. Troy Cochran is expected to defend his class D title in his newly liveried steed.
The Midvaal Historic Car Club boasted some of the strongest fields last season. With close and competitive racing expected throughout the various classes the racing should be better than ever. A number of different class champions are sure to be back to defend their titles with a few new and older drivers bringing their immaculate classic racers out onto the grid for more action. Brendon Parker will be back to defend his 2016 title but can expect some close competition from the likes of Shawn Smidt and Seef Fourie Senior.
The INEX Legends Championship has undergone a change of ownership and the new owners will no doubt be pushing to grow the series even more this year. With their unique style of door handle to door handle racing and 4-car wide overtaking antics, the series is expected to be as popular as ever. With most of the usual front runners moving on to other categories the way has been opened for new talent to move up the ranks and show their worth.
The Yokohama Modified Production Cars will be looking to pick up their good form from last season. Catering for front wheel drive cars in various states of tune with four classes for different engine varieties, competitors are allowed to do what they want within their budget to race as fast as they can. The Honda versus VW war looks set to continue with interesting results expected as always.
Race fans will also get to enjoy the antics of the Formula Monoposto brigade with a diverse array of single seater race cars making for some exciting open wheel action. The Silver Cup category will also hope to boost their numbers for this season in a category that has always offered true 'grass roots' racing.
The Lotus Challenge will also be making a guest appearance at this event with close and competitive racing expected from this successful series as well.
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Tickets will cost R50 per person and kids will go in free. Racing is expected to start at 10:00 although there are qualifying laps from 08:00 in the morning that will keep you just as entertained.