Franco Scribante’s Porsche 977 Turbo will head up Saturday’s G&H Transport Extreme Supercar racesat the Fre State Phakisa Raceway - Picture by Paul Bedford

Extreme Festival Motorsport Spectacle in the Free State

The motorsport show will perform at the Free State Phakisa Raceway this Saturday (July 22), with six categories, on four and two wheels, on the menu.

Heading up the show will be two races for , which have attracted a superb collection of very fast, exotic machinery. The man to beat should be Franco Scribante in his formidable 450 kW Porsche 977 Turbo, which should thrive at the Phakisa Raceway’s high altitude. 

Challenging him will be people like Gianni Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Lamborghini Galardo), Johan Engelbrecht (Jogajoga Porsche 977 Turbo), Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari 430), Craig Jarvis (Panacea Ferrari 458 GT3), Paul Hill (Kalex BMW 335 Turbo), Greg Parton (Drizit Lamborghini Huracan), Franco di Matteo (Deltec Batteries Alfa GT) and Ricky Giannoccaro (G&H Transport BMW M3 GTR).

Matching the Supercars in terms of lap times should be the front-running Thunderbike competitors. Phakisa was originally designed as a two-wheeler circuit, and bike racers love the venue.

Victory faVourites should include Gavin Upton (Motion Perfection Yamaha R1), Shaun Vermaak (Fourways Motorcycles Kawasaki ZX10R), Chris du Plessis (Yamaha R1), Daryn Upton (Turn-Skill Kawasaki ZX10R), Shane Levy (Vape Gurus Yamaha R1), Rob Morf (Morphine Kawasaki ZX6R) and Chris du Plessis (Yamaha R1).

Bringing 36 competitors to the party will be the Volkswagen Challenge brigade, with top contenders drivers like Wayne Masters (Performance Masters Polo), Iain Pepper (Husqvarna Polo), Gavin Ross (Norbrake Polo), Stiaan Kriel (Spanjaard Polo), Devon Piazza-Musso (Reef Supplies Polo), Shaun Neill (Delmon Mining Polo), Waldie Meintjes (Lee Thompson Polo), Andre’ de Lange (Roofsure Polo).

Ultra-close slipstreaming battles should be the order of the day in the two Hankook Formula Vee races. Probable winners must include Jaco Schriks (Cubed Coatings Rhema), Gert van den Berg (BP Nantes Rhema), Peter Hills (Lube Fushion Rhema), Lushen Ramchander (Miami Products Formula Vee), Brandon Hills (Lube Fushion Rhema) and Ernie Vermaak (DOE Parts Vee).

The races for Bridgestone Challenge motorcycles should see riders like Ruperd Fourie (Silverton Bolt Honda Fireblade), Deon de Beer (No Rules BMW 1000 RR), Werner Strohm (Parrot Interactive Kawasaki), Coen Erasmus (E. Engineering Suzuki), Joe Herbig (MV Agusta) and Naasief Wadvalla (ZXR Racing Kawasaki) at the front end.

Ending the day’s activities will be the Phakisa 200 – a 200-kilometre event for and 111 Sports and Saloon Cars. The race has attracted a full grid of 55 cars.

Topping the huge entry list will be people like Brett Garland/ Jeffrey Kruger (autObarn Honda Civic), Hilton van Nieuwenhuizen/ Robert Grieve (ASAP Peugeot 206), Andy Gossman/ George Bezuidenhout (VW Golf), Keagan Pottas (Advanced Pest Management Alfa GTV), Stiaan Kriel/ Robyn Kruger (Spanjaard VW Polo), Karel Stoltz/ Johan Smith (Pretoria North Toyota RunX), Johan Hattingh (Nissan 350Z), Jonathan/Mark du Toit (Honda Civic), Ishmael Baloyi/ Chad ten doeschate (TAR Honda Civic), Wouter Roos (Strata Drilling VW Polo) and Melanie Spurr (VW Motorsport/Rowlin/Wealth Avenue VW Polo).

The race will be livened up by a few unique rules:

  • It will be compulsory for each car to make a pit stop at which at least one of its four wheels must be changed.
  • It will not be necessary for a different wheel to be substituted for the one on the car.
  • However, if the wheel is not substituted a wheel must be removed, placed on the ground next to the car and then re-fitted.
  • A maximum of four people may work on the car, including the person refuelling the car.
  • The engine must remain switched off during refuelling.
  • The driver who enters the pits for the stop must get out of the car, wipe his or her own windscreen and then get back in the car or hand over the driving duty.
  • Only hand tools may be used when working on the car, which excludes all forms of air, mechanical or electrical tools.

The Phakisa gates will be open from 7am, with racing to commence at 10am.

Admision will be free of charge, and spectators are invited to visit the pits on foot throughout the day.

For more information call Tanya at 012 384 2299 or 082 390 6016.

Story by Andre de Kock – The Citizen

Photographs

Franco Scribante’s Porsche 977 Turbo will head up Saturday’s G&H Transport Extreme Supercar races at the Free State Phakisa Raceway - Picture by RacePics.co.za
Franco Scribante’s Porsche 977 Turbo will head up Saturday’s G&H Transport Extreme Supercar races at the Free State Phakisa Raceway – Picture by RacePics.co.za
Front runners in the Phakisa 200 race should be Brett Garland/ Jeffrey Kruger (autObarn Honda Civic) and Jonathan/ Mark du Toit (TAR Honda Civic).  - Picture by RacePics.co.za
Front runners in the Phakisa 200 race should be Brett Garland/ Jeffrey Kruger (autObarn Honda Civic) and Jonathan/ Mark du Toit (TAR Honda Civic). – Picture by RacePics.co.za
VW Challenge field led by Stiaan Kriel - Picture by RacePics.co.za
VW Challenge field led by Stiaan Kriel – Picture by RacePics.co.za
Hankook Formula Vee led by Peter Hills - Picture by RacePics.co.za
Hankook Formula Vee led by Peter Hills – Picture by RacePics.co.za
Bridgestone Thunderbikes led by Daryn Upton - Picture by RacePics.co.za
Bridgestone led by Daryn Upton – Picture by RacePics.co.za
Hennie Swanepoel in the Bridgestone Challenge - Picture by RacePics.co.za
Hennie Swanepoel in the Bridgestone Challenge – Picture by RacePics.co.za
 
Roy Obery in the 111 Sports & Saloons - Picture by RacePics.co.za
Roy Obery in the – Picture by RacePics.co.za

 

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