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November 9, 2018  

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A great field of exotic racing machinery will take to the track at Zwartkops Raceway for the final round of the 2018 G&H Extreme Supercars Championship on Saturday, 10 November.


While the overall and class championships have been decided, there will be no shortage of action as the drivers battle it out for supremacy around the 2,4km long circuit.

New champion Charl Arangies (Stradale Motorsport / Pirelli Aston Martin Vantage GT3) will be out to get the better of Franco Scribante (Porsche 997) who took both race wins at the last round a month ago. On that occasion, Arangies was out in his Lamborghini but the more powerful Aston Martin should even the playing field. The Lamborghini that Arangies drove on that occasion will be piloted by Jonathan du Toit this weekend instead of the Trans Africa Racing Ferrari F430 he normally drives. Others who should be near the front of the field include Tato Carello (McLaren GT650) and Simon Murray (Stradale Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo). Sam Hammond should give his McLaren its first competitive outing on South African soil while the Terry Wilford should be out in the Lamborghini that Hammond drove at the last event. Charl Joubert’s fast, but fragile, Lotus could also be in the mix.

Just behind the A+/GT3 cars, there should be stiff competition for the bragging rights in Class A. Franco Di Matteo (Deltec Alfa GT) has been quick in his last couple of outings. He will face competition from the likes of Ricky Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Lamborghini) and Deon du Plessis (BPT KTM X-Bow) with Anton Cronje (AF Hydraulics Subaru) also capable of running at the head of the field. Rui Campos (BMW M3) is another who could be close to the front.

In Class B Ant Blunden (Stradale Motorsport/SAJCC Porsche) and Nicky Dicks (Curvent Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) are likely to be at the front. They could be joined by Elwyn Steenkamp in his fire-breathing JEYS Consultants BMW if the repairs to the car are carried out in time. Thouca Mechanicos will be making a welcome return to the series in his ETL Mercedes Benz AMG DTM.

Class C should go the way of Jimmy Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Ferrari F430) with Class D likely to be a battle between Len-Henry Gobey (G&H Transport BMW Z4) and Johan Hattingh, this time out in a Ferrari 360 Challenge instead of his Nissan 350Z with Marius Jackson also making an appearance in his Mega Fibre Audi TT.

Qualifying gets underway at 09h15 on Saturday morning with fans able to get close to the cars and drivers during the fan walk on the grid before the first of the day’s 12-lap races which is scheduled to start at 12h45. The final race of the season should get underway at 15h50.

Published by:  Paul Bedford

Picture Caption:  Franco Scribante won both races at the penultimate round

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