The Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series is heading to the Free State for their second visit to the Phakisa Freeway in 2018. Championship leader Antonie Marx is looking to strengthen his grip on the title, but knows that success at the fast and flowing circuit requires a calculated strategy for Round 6 on Saturday, September 15.
In Class C he finds himself ahead with a comfortable margin of 18 points over Craig Ball. He’s primary focus will be to build on the 3 point margin he holds in the overall championship where he leads Class D’s Alan Hilligenn by 3 points and Class B’s Paulo Loureiro by 6 points. To improve this margin it will require Marx to stay on top of things in Class C. The likes of Ball, Neil Reynolds, Shane Grobler and Renier Smith is expected to not make this an easy task.
“Staying at the front of my class is crucial” says Marx. “When Paulo is in form and not hampered by incidents he’s been quite successful in Class B with five wins already. We are mindful that he is due for a good result again. On our previous visit to the Phakisa Freeway he took a double victory. Although circumstances have worked in our favour during recent rounds, he’s still a strong contender. Alan has quietly been collecting the points in Class D. For us the only strategy will be to stay out front in our class throughout the day.”
The circuit itself will play an important part in this strategy as Marx continues: “When competing on the Phakisa Freeway, the circuit itself motivates you to go that little bit faster and more aggressive. The price you’ll pay for this is tyre wear. It certainly has the most abrasive surface of all the circuits that we’re competing at. Go for it too hard during qualifying or the first race and you’ve basically jeopardised your chances for Race 2; not a position you want to be in with a reverse-grid scenario where you’ll have to make your way through the field. It certainly makes things tough when you know you have to win both races. This is something that we’ll be taking into account and fortunately TiNCo Motorsport will be assisting us with an ideal setup for our Atomic Oil BMW M3.”
The Phakisa Freeway will see the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series championship battle being one of the headline attractions of the race day. Marx would like to invite all motorsport fans in the Free State to attend the day’s action.
In addition he would also like to thank the associate sponsors of the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series for making this exciting category possible: Lesavert, Viking, Mean Wraps and Big Boss Auto.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – Antonie Marx