The 2019 Regional Extreme Festival motorsport tour will kick off in style at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria this Saturday, with nine separate categories on both four and two wheels to face the starter.
Topping the show will be two races for Mobil 1 V8 Supercars, with 15 of the hugely winged and tyred, 450 kW vehicles entered.
Front runners should include Mackie Adlem (Adlem Auto Jaguar XKR), Thomas Reib (Cafe 9 Chevy V8), Terry Wilford (Fuchs Ford Falcon), Roelf du Plessis (LSP Group Corvette), David Coetzee (ELKSA Ford Falcon), Antonie Marx (Xado Jaguar), Larry Wilford (Fuchs Corvette) and Steve Herbst (Prei Instrumentation Corvette).
The Supercars should certainly set the day’s quickest lap time.
Judging by the action thus far this season, the MotorMart VW Challenge category should provide extremely close racing. The man to beat should be defending champion Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo), facing off against drivers like Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Polo), Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts Polo), Gavin Ross (Norbrake Polo), Mohamed Dangor (MotorMart Polo) and Marc Ackermann (Raleigh SA Polo). Stiaan Kriel (Kalex Polo) should head up Class B, versus Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo), Bruce May (BPM Engineering Polo), Reead Essop (FTP Signing Polo) and Elna Croeser (Race Technology Polo).
A widely diverse field will tackle the races for Car Care Clinic SuperHatch vehicles, led by Jonathan du Toit (TAR Honda Civic), Brett Garland (AutObarn Honda Civic), Andre’ Dannhauser (Pro Auto Opel Corsa), Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Honda Civic), Andre’ de Lange (Roofsure Audi A3), Tyler Scott (Episerve Opel Kadett TS), Melanie Spurr (Itre Cugini Polo), Wouter Roos (Nathans Polo), Nic Martin (RDG Peugeot 207), Francois Henning (Selection Registration Polo) and Zane van Zyl (Credit Guarantee Golf).
With 40 drivers to face the starter, the Car Care Clinic 111 Sports and Saloon Car races will boast the event’s largest entry lists.
Top contenders should include George Bezuidenhout (Accolade Nissan Primera), George Economides (Wealth Ave BMW 328i), Adrian Dalton (Xtra Clothes VW Golf), Rory Eland (Dialogic Polo), Ismael Peck (NHM Honda Civic), Veritie-Anne Joubert (Honda Spares Balade), Mark Ellis (Porsche 924), Dirk Lawrence (JDM Tuning Honda Balade), Phillip Emmenis Rotary BMW M3) and Lucas Bezuidenhout (PTA Noord Toyota Lexus).
Adding a historic note to proceedings will be two races for SKF Pre-1966 Legend Under Two-Litre and LITTLE Giant cars.
Topping the Under Two-Litre list should be Roger Houston (CTR Alfa Romeo), Vic Campher (Volvo 122S), Alan Poulter (Volvo 122S) and Mark du Toit (Alfa Romeo Sprint). Ishmael Baloyi (GSM Dart Alfa) should be the man to beat in the LITTLE Giants class, chased by people like former rally champion Kassie Coetzee (Volvo P1800), Terrance Khalo (GSM Dart Alfa), Chad ten Doeschate (Alfa Spyder), Stephan Britz (CTR MGB), Christopher Carlisle-Kitz (Ford Anglia) and Jaco Taylor (Alfa Romeo).
Graeme van Breda (Stefanutti Stocks ZX10) will be the man to beat in the Red Square Kawasaki Masters Cup races, chased by people like Jaco Gous (Kawasaki ZX10), Teddy Brooke (Brooke Fridges ZX10), Jonty Collard (Pappaz Pizza ZX10), Andre’ van Vollenstee (Kawasaki ZX10), Greg Bezuidenhout (Kawasaki ZX10) and Johan le Roux (Avidan ZX10).
Harry Timmermann (APCC BMW) will head up the Bridgestone Superbikes, chased by people like Hein McMahon (BDJ Freight BMW), Wayne Spicer (Wellness Kawasaki), Bryan Rothquel (Magmagic BMW) and Shaun Vermaak (Industry Motorcycles Kawasaki).
Rounding out the programme will be races for Bridgestone Challenge riders, with top contenders expected to include Michael Dixon (Westside Honda CBR), Harry van As (Wellness Group Honda CBR), Landi Sinden (Milwaukee Yamaha R6), Hennie Swanepoel (Industry Motorcycles Yamaha R1) and Francois de Villiers (Rutpin Suzuki).
The Zwartkops gates will be open from 7am, with qualifying sessions for all categories commencing from 7.30am.
Racing will start at 11.20am.
Admission will cost R120 per adult and R90 per student, with kids under the age of 12 going in for free. Everybody will be allowed to visit the pits on foot at any time, with the circuit’s Mini Moke people trains running between the pit gates and spectator points throughout the day. Food and drink will be on sale or you may take your own, with parking free and plentiful. For more information, call the Zwartkops office at 012 384 2299.
Story by Online Correspondent