Extreme Festival entertains large Zwartkops crowd

Great spectacle, good weather and a sizeable crowd typified Saturday’s Extreme Festival racing at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria.

Simon Moss. Picture: RacePics

Officially, the day’s premier events were two races for Global Touring Cars. Simon Moss (All Power Audi A3) led the first heat from lights to flag, chased to the finish by Keagan Masters (VW Motorsport Jetta), Johan Fourie (EPS Couriers BMW), Daniel Rowe (VW Motorsport Jetta) and Michael van Rooyen (Gazoo Toyota Corolla). Race two, started from an inverted grid, saw Robert Wolk (Investchem BMW) snatch the lead at the start and staying there to take his first race victory of the season. He led home Van Rooyen, Fourie, Rowe, Masters and Moss. Charl Smalberger (Universal Health Golf GTi) took the first GTC2 race from Bradley Liebenberg (VW Motorsport GTi) and Adrian Wood (Kyocera Golf GTi).  Paul Hill  (Kalex Golf GTi) won the next time out, ahead of Smalberger and Mandla Mdakane (Transitliner Mini JCW).

World Championship Moto2 regular Steven Odendaal paid Zwartkops a visit, and won the opening SA Superbike race on a borrowed SA SBK Yamaha R1. He was chased to the finish line by Lance Isaacs (Supabets BMW S1000RR) and Clinton Seller (King Price Yamaha R1). Odendaal repeated the victory in race two, with Seller this time beating Isaacs to the line. Blaze Baker (Performance Tech Yamaha Yamaha YZF) won both the 600cc heats from Kewyn Snyman (Hillbilly Yamaha YZF) and  Dino Iozzo (King Price Yamaha R6).

Robert Wolk. Picture: RacePics

Former champion Devin Robertson returned to the Falken Polo Cup battlefield and won the opening race in his Trinity Protection Polo. He was chased to the flag by championship leader Bradley Liebenberg (Hello Mobile Polo) and Keegan Campos (Campos Transport Polo). Lady racer Karah Hill had the day’s biggest crash when she got tagged at high speed and rolled her Kalex Polo at over 120 km/h in the first corner. She was taken to hospital and pronounced fit. The same could not be said of her car. Liebenberg led race two from start to finish, followed by Robertson and Campos.

Franco Scribante took his Porsche 997 Turbo to overall victory in the first race for G&H Transport Extreme Supercars, finishing just three tenths of a second ahead of Charl Arangies (Pagin McLaren MP4).

Devin Robertson. Picture: RacePics

In the process Scribante set a new Zwartkops Extreme Supercar lap record of 59,86 seconds. Third was the turbocharged Zeelie Auditors Toyota MR2 Super GT of Peter Zeelie. Scribante spun out of race two when a rear tyre climbed off the Porsche’s rim, leaving Arangies to win, ahead of Zeelie and Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari 430). Heat three saw both Zeelie and Arangies spinning in separate incidents. In the case of Arangies, his McLaren got parked against the pit barrier, causing the race to be red flagged on the eighth of ten laps. The victory went to a recovered Scribante, ahead of Du Toit and Gianni Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Lamborghini Gallardo).

Another former champion, Julian van der Watt appeared on the Investchem Formula 1600 grids, and he promptly won both the races in his Investchem Mygale. On both occasions, he was closely pursued by Scott Temple (Road to Race Mygale) and Nicolas van Weely (Magnificent Paints Van Diemen).

Charl Arangies. Picture: RacePics

The next round of the 2019 Extreme Festival series will be at Zwartkops on Saturday, August 17.

Story by Online Correspondent

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