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Pro Tour Visits Historical East London GP Circuit
March 12, 2012  

Supplied by MotorSport Administrator from Motorsport South Africa
The 2012 Pro Tour Motor Racing Road Show will visit South Africa’s most historical and fastest race circuit this weekend. The occasion will be round two of the national series at the East London Grand Prix circuit.

ARTICLE ISSUED BY:  LINDSAY STEYN

The 2012 Pro Tour Motor Racing Road Show will visit South Africa’s most historical and fastest race circuit this weekend. The occasion will be round two of the national series at the East London Grand Prix circuit.

Topping the bill will be two races for Shelby Can Am sports cars, with a dozen of the winged, slick-tyred vehicles on the starting grid. Experts expect the Shelby cars to top 260 km/h down East London’s long straight and through South Africa’s fastest racetrack corner, the fearsome Rifle Range bend. Facing this prospect as the man to beat should be defending South African champion Rui Campos in his Q8 Oils Hollard Shelby. His closest adversaries will include people like Thomas Reib (Jägermeister Shelby), Brian Algar (Hollard Shelby), Andrew Strike (Strike 1 Shelby) and veteran Alan Eve (Pilot Frixion Shelby). Others who could spray champagne will be Sean Greve (Jägermeister Shelby), Ferdi van Niekerk (Motorola Cordless Shelby), Greg Walker (Indy Oil Sunoco Shelby), Craig Shorter (Hollard Shelby) and Allister Brown (NAC Helicopters Shelby).

Joining the Shelby Can Am field on the grid will be a number of GT Challenge cars. The entry list at the time of writing included Vernon Bricknell (Aeroparts Porsche RSR), Rod Cole-Edwardes (Trojan Panel Porsche 993 GT2), Andrew Culbert (Innovation Group Porsche GT3 Cup) Nicky Dicks (Curvent Ferrari 430), Kris Budnick (Cedar Isle BMW M3), Charl Arangies (Ferrari 360), Sun Moodley (Bigfoot Express Porsche GT3) and Christo Lotter (Noble).

The Tennant Life Benefits Formula Vee category should bring some 20 cars to the East London grid, with slip-streaming battles throughout the field very much a part of the show. Victory favourites should be Peter Hills (Renexcon Rhema 2), Alan Holm (Lasersprint Rhema 2), Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint Rhema 2) and Greg Wilson (Reflex Solutions Rhema 2). Others to watch will be Gareth Jackson (Lasersprint  Rhema2), Symm Grobler  (Auto Mecca Rhema 2), Nicholas Tennant (Tennant Life Rhema 2), Christopher Shorter (Execuline Rhema 2), Shannay Bhemnarayan (Crystalix SA) and Henk Swanepoel (Renexcon Rhema 2).

The Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup field should lap the East London circuit at an average speed of over 170 km/h, with velocities of over 270 km/h the norm in the straight. Heading the large field will be Stewart Macleod (Blu Horizon ZX10R), with the former SA Superbike champion certainly the man to beat. Chasing him will be people like Brian Bontekoning (Jaguar Power ZX10R), Pieter de Vos (Metabo ZX10R), Joe Shearer (O’Mage ZX10R) and Paul Jacobs (Blu Horizon ZX10R). Newcomer Wayne Thomas (Trolan Bikes ZX10R) could surprise, as could Johan le Roux (Avidan ZX10R), Raymond Keel (BTS Electrical ZX10R) and Sid Farinha (Dent Doctor ZX10R).

The Regional championship Goldwagen Challenge should field some 40 cars at East London, divided into four classes.

Class A for two-litre cars with virtually unlimited modifications should see Waldie Meintjes (Performance Masters Polo) start as the favourite. He will be challenged by veteran Gavin Ross (Norbrake Golf 1), Keagan Blanckensee (Konica Minolta Golf 4) and Derick Smalberger (Sabertek Polo Classic).      
Class B should see Rory Atkinson (Flight Hand Cleaner Polo Classic), Steve Hurley (Koni Polo) and Darren Nathan (Polo) battle for front positions, with Elna Croeser (Guilio Sabbatini Golf 1) and Peter Thompson (Thompson’s VW Golf 2) in close attendance.

Class C should have veterans Jannie van Rooyen (Goldwagen Roodepoort Golf 1) and Henry van Vledder (Mr Batman Golf 2) at the front end, chased by Carlos Nobre (Digit Tracking Golf 1), Gina Munro (RT Signs Polo), Wouter Roos (Performance Laboratories Polo) and Gavin Munro (RT Signs Golf 2).
James Hurley (Koni Golf 1) should be the driver to watch in Class D, challenged by Devon Piazza Musso (Home Directory Golf 1) and Brad Hall (Restonic Golf 1).

The GT Classic category should see Porsche drivers Andreas Letnik, George Avvakoumides, Rajen Naidoo, Willem van der Westhuizen, Jacques Viljoen and Stefan Puschavez fighting for positions.

The East London circuit gates will be open from 7.30 am on Saturday, with racing scheduled to commence at 10 am. Admission will cost R50.00 per adult and R20.00 per scholar, with parking plentiful and free. Everybody can visit the pits on foot, while food and drink will be on sale, or you can take your own.

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