After a couple of rounds on relatively short circuits, the G&H Extreme Supercars competitors head to the 4.24km long Phakisa Freeway for the seventh round of their 2018 championship which takes place on Saturday, 15 September.
Championship leader Charl Arangies has opted to use his recently acquired Lamborghini Gallardo LP 520 GT3 in the Free State as opposed to the Stradale Motorsport / Pirelli Aston Martin Vantage GT3 he has used for most of the season, building up a 24-point lead at the head of the overall standings. His closest rival, Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Ferrari 430), has a comfortable advantage over the third placed man in the overall standings, Ant Blunden (Stradale Motorsport / SAJCO Porsche 997) who is in turn, just two points ahead of Ricky Giannoccaro who gave his G&H Transport / iTreCugini Logistics Lamborghini its first Class A win at Zwartkops last time out. Behind the leading quartet, there is an intense battle for the remained of the top eight positions, the next four drivers separated by just two points. Jimmy Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Ferrari F430) leads the way with Mark du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Ferrari 430), Johan Hattingh (Stradale Motorsport Nissan 350Z) and Elwyn Steenkamp (JEYS Consultants BMW) all just a point behind.
Arangies’ rivals in the A+ class will be hoping that his use of the Lamborghini will give them a chance to close the gap to the championship leader. Dawie Olivier (G&H Transport Baby Beemer) had a great opening race at the last round, but a blown oil seal put him out of the second race. He will be looking to close the gap to Mark du Toit who sits second on the class championship log.
Jonathan du Toit has built up a comfortable lead at the head of Class A but will not be able to relax. Ricky Giannoccaro has shown that he is getting to grips with his Lamborghini and is now a real threat. They will face stiff competition from the BMWs of Adrian Dalton (Xtra Clothing & Shoes M3), Lorenzo Gualtieri (Savspeed / F&R Auto / Papa Mario’s E36), Gianni Giannoccaro (G&H Transport E92 GT) and Kashen Naiker (Aqua Darshan E90).
Blunden’s main rivals in Class B are likely to be Nicky Dicks (Curvent Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) and Franco Di Matteo in the Deltec Batteries Alfa GT, although Steenkamp’s fire-breathing BMW is always a threat. Jimmy Giannoccaro should have an untroubled run in Class C although a couple of late entries could always make his day more difficult.
Class D is likely to be led by Hattingh in his 350Z with competition coming from Len-Henry Gobey (G&H Transport BMW Z4), Barry Nel (B-Tech Racing Porsche 944) and Andre de Lange in the ADL Roofing Chev Lumina.
Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 08h30 on Saturday morning with the first race, an 8-lap affair, scheduled to get underway at 11h10. The second race, which will see the BMW Car Club competitors joining the G&H Transport Extreme Supercars on the grid for a 10-lap race, should get underway at 14h35.
Published by: Paul Bedford
Picture Caption: Charl Arangies
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