Carrying on the momentum from last weekend’s National Extreme Festival, motorsport fans are in for yet another treat tomorrow as the fourth round of the Algoa Motorsport Club Regional & Club championship takes place at Aldo Scribante Raceway. The classes that will be in action are modified saloons, historics, retro cars, open top cars, street cars, 45 minute endurance cars, open motorcycles as well as CBR 150 & 250 motorcycles.
Making a welcome return to the local motor racing scene following a road accident last year is Gordon Nolan who will take part in his VW Polo 1.8 litre in regional saloons and his very quick Lotus 7 in the open top class. He will also take part in the National round of Algoa Rally Clubs next event in Jeffries Bay & the Longmore Forest on the 7th & 8th July.
Ryan Visagie is another notable entry in his Pit Pro Racing VW Polo 1.8 litre following a short hiatus from circuit racing & he will have his hands full up against the likes of Jeandre’ Marais who is back in his very quick Syrabix sponsored VW Polo & the second Pit Pro Racing car of Steven Phillips in his VW Golf Mk 1.
The biggest class of the day will be the SA Mechanical Seal Coastal Challenge that caters for historic, classic & retro cars where Darryn Vice in the Hi Tech Doors / Le Mans Auto Services / Diesel Electric backed Ford Anglia will be the man to beat. He will have his hands full fighting off the class C challenge of Anton Ehlers in his Ford Escort 2 litre Pinto, Angelique Griffin in her Alfa Romeo Sud Sprint, Rane Berry in the big 2.8 litre Datsun Skyline & Jeffries Bay businessman Gordon Bennett in his immaculately prepared Opel Rekord. Ian Oberholzer in his Ai Communications Volvo 850 will be hoping to continue his dominance of the Retro class and he will be up against Syd Lippstreu in his Toyota Celica.
In the Open Top class Jeandre’ Marais will be a difficult man to beat in his recently rebuilt Nardini, but will no doubt be kept on his toes by his father Pikkie Marais who heads up the Lotus 7 challenge of Alwyn Kretzmann & Gordon Nolan as well as Joel Steenekamp in his Shadow 2000.
In the 45 minute endurance race for cars that rounds off the day’s racing, Daniel Bright returns in his Fuchs Lubricants SA/Brights Motorsport Lotus 7, where he will be hoping to get his season back on track as he chases down the sought after index-of -performance title that he has made his own in the past. His biggest threat will be from Ashwin Harri & Xolela Njumbuxa in the Fuchs Lubricants SA/Brights Motorsport Opel Astra 1.6 litre.
On two wheeled action the duel between Dylan Grobler (DSD Racing / Fuchs Lubricants SA/Brights Motorsport) and Ashton Heidemann (Thunder Racing / Mag Workshop) in the CBR 150 will no doubt continue unabated. The pair of them head up the junior & Clubman championships respectively & have had the crowds on their feet as they swop positions & sometimes paint during their on-track endeavours. An ever improving Ethan Diener (Thunder Racing / Mag Workshop) will no doubt be wanting to join them up at the front end of the field while Craig Benn ( Shaun Benn Projects / Syrabix Recycling) who made his debut at the third round of the championship will be out on his brand new Honda CBR 150 for the first time this weekend. In the open motorcycle classes, yet another entrant making a welcome return to the action will be Bert Jonker on his World of Carbon BMW S1000RR & he will be up against Donavan van der Merwe on an identical motorcycle & Timothy Benn (Shaun Benn Projects) on a Suzuki GSXR in the unlimited superbike class. In the Powersport class for smaller motorcycles it is becoming a three-way fight between Ronnie Doyle on a KTM 390, Ray Wood on a Honda 400cc NC21 & Richard Hawkins on a Suzuki SV650.
Published by: Brendan Kelly
Picture Caption: Ashwin Harri in action through the sweep at Aldo Scribante Raceway
Photography by: Darryl Kukard
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