This coming weekend, Saturday 22 June, will see the popular Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series return to the Red Star Raceway for Round 5 of the 2019 championship. Reaching the halfway mark this championship is everything but decided after the upset in the previous round at Zwartkops. Emerging as the new overall championship leader Alan Hilligenn (BMW E36 328i) will need a good result as both Nek Macris (BMW E46 328i Turbo) and Andreas Meier (BMW E36 SAT Car) will be out on a mission to grab as many points as possible after their bad luck at Zwartkops. Also, in with an outside chance to challenge for the overall championship is Jan Eversteyn (Bavaria 0.0% BMW E46 M3) and Paulo Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW F30 335i).
Heading up the Class A battle will be current class leader Paulo Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW F30 335i). After only his second round Stefano Martinelli (Dalucon Insulated Panels BMW E90 335i) has slotted into the second spot ahead of Rick Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW F30 335i). Sharing the top step of the podium in the previous round they have both drawn the proverbial line in the sand for Paulo to cross if he wants to stand victorious at the end of the year. To complicate matters further Bruce Turner (Promigen BMW E46 M3) and Jorge Estrela (Jadecon Construction BMW E36 328i Turbo) will be hoping their reliability issues with their cars will be a thing of the past as they are also likely to be part of the battle at the sharp end of the field.
After facing an unpleasant experience with his car, current Class B leader Andreas Meier (BMW E36 SAT Car), is expected to be back in full force to continue his championship campaign. Trailing by a small margin, a newly motivated Jan Eversteyn (Bavaria 0.0% BMW E46 M3) is expected to take the challenge to Meier. He will have Oz Biagioni (Bio Pool Maintenance BMW E46 M3), Mike Grobler (BMW E39 M5) and Jannie Breedt (Triplicon Construction BMW E36 328i) as eager participants to fight for the podium positions.
Class C has become quite a spectacle on race days with so many evenly matched cars on the grid. Even though still leading the class, Nek Makris (BMW E46 328i Turbo) has first-hand experience after facing a stiff challenge by Troy Cochran (Arrow Automotive BMW E36 M3) and Shaun Lamprecht (Wildthings BMW E36 318is Turbo) who shared the spoils in the previous round at Zwartkops. Fly in the ointment Shane Grobler (Mayfair Gearbox BMW E36 330i) cannot be disregarded as a top challenger either. Other contenders expected to add to two closely challenged races will be Salvi Gualtieri (Eataly/Papa Mario’s/Savspeed BMW E36 328i), Renier Smith (BMW E36 M3), Neil Reynolds (Valve Hospital BMW E36 M3) and Jimmy Tsimenoglou (Big Boss Auto/SA Safe BMW E36 M3).
Sitting pretty in Class D Alan Hilligenn (BMW E36 328i) just might have his work cut out for him defending against the ever-improving pair of Matthew Wadeley (P&G Digital BMW E36 M3) and Bernard De Gouveia (De Gouveia Accountants BMW E36 328i). Rest assured Klippies Krige (BMW E36 M3) and Varish Ganpath (Prodigy BMW E46 325ci) will also be in close proximity and ready to pounce should the others put a foot wrong.
Emerging as the Class E leader, season newcomer Nicholas Van Zyl (Mike’s Auto Tune BMW E87 130i), will be kept on his toes by Shaun Dodd (CRS Auto BMW E90 330i) and Manny Ribeiro (Bridgestone BMW E46 325i Touring).
Sharing the day with the Inland and Historic Championship the event promises a bumper packed programme of racing all day. Entrance will only cost R50 per person while kids under 12 will enter for free.
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