The first round of the inaugural BMW Interclub Challenge between Border Motorsport Club & Algoa Motorsport will be held at Aldo Scribante Raceway on Saturday at round 2 of their monthly Regional Championship event.
With eight out of the ten BMW entries making the trip down from East London it seems highly likely that the boys from the Border will earn the first bragging rights. Wade Wright (Go Store It Park) will certainly be the man to watch as he has raced at Scribante many times on both four wheels & on two, although Shaun Gradwell (KWT Motor Engineering) & Gareth Hewitt (Steel Pipes for Africa) must certainly not be discounted. Shaun Vallance (Mag Lab), RJ Green (Herbalife Nutrition), Julian Herman (Mels Motors), Zillen Harding (Concept Parts) & Paul Berry (Miles Auto Care) are all regular visitors to the tight confines of Scribante Raceway & will all be podium contenders. Local racers Andrew Boshoff (Outback Group) & Stephan Aucamp (Injection Technik) are both making a welcome return to circuit racing, but will no doubt be on the back foot having had little seat time in their newly built BMW E36 race cars. The BMW’s will run in the Modified Saloon class as well as the 45 minute Endurance class that ends off what is expected to be an action packed day. Dean Ball, the man who is responsible for building the majority of the BMW E36’s that are racing around the country, will be making a return to racing in a single seater VW Formula GTI & he give defending open-top champion Jeandre’ Marais (Syrabix PTY Ltd) a run for his money.
Young Framesby High School pupil Dylan Grobler (Brights Motorsport/Fuchs SA) will no doubt be hoping to continue his good form in the CBR 150 motorcycle class having broken the lap record at the last event & then bettering that time during testing last weekend. He will be up against Anikilitha Nombana (NMB Motorsport Development), Emma & Ethan Diener (Mag Workshop / Thunder Racing), Ruan van Zyl (Wicked Creations / Riverstone Photography) & Lonwabo Ngcanga (NMB Motorsport Development) in the junior class.
Kenzo Barnard (Syrabix / Thunder Racing) returns to Modified Saloons in his VW Golf after having had a busy week, coming first overall with team mate Cameron Kelly in their Northfield Engineering backed Tony Kart last Saturday before rushing across to Victory Raceway Dirt Oval Circuit to take part in the highly competitive 1660 class.
The classes that have been catered for are Modified Saloons, Motorcycles, Open-Top Sports Cars & the Coastal Challenge for historic & classic cars including Retro Classic cars as well as Street Cars. At the end of the 3 sprint race heats per class there will be a 45 minute mini-endurance race that caters for all-comers.
Qualifying for the days racing starts at 08h30 with the first race scheduled to start at 10h30.
Algoa Motorsport Club are running a campaign to encourage more spectators to attend their events & are offering entrance to vehicles with more than three occupants entry for R100:00, Single entry is still set at R50:00 per person with free entry for children under years of age.
Upcoming motorsport events in April & May 2023
22nd April – Dirt Oval Racing at PEOTR, Round 2 of the Regional Championship
29th April – Drag Racing MSA Timed Drags at Aldo Scribante
30th April – Inner City Enduro at the Boardwalk Complex
5th, 6th, 7th May – Simola Hillclimb in Knysna
6th May – Dirt Oval Racing, Club Race Round 3 in East London
13th May – Border Regional Racing, Round 3 in East London at EL Grand Prix Circuit
– Regional & Club Kart Racing, Round 3 at Algoa Kart Club
20th May – Dirt Oval Racing, National Qualifier at Victory Raceway
27th May – Regional Circuit Racing at Aldo Scribante Round 3
– Dirt Oval Racing at PEOTR, Round 5 of Club Championship
– Winterberg Enduro at Rover Motorcycle Track
28th May – EP Veteran Car Club, American Classics Show Day
For full details on all events follow the Motor Mouth Facebook page.
Published by: Brendan Kelly
Picture Caption: Gareth Hewitt leads a strong field of BMW’s into the esses at the East London Grand Prix circuit
Photography by: Darryl Kukard
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