A different day ahead for PE race fans
Port Elizabeth race fans are in for something a little different Saturday 21 September, when the Aldo Scribante Race Track hosts a round of the Northern Regions Extreme Festival and its premier categories. There will however be much to cheer for as a number of local racers will be out to play interference among most of the visiting classes…
Among the star visiting attractions, the Mobil 1 V8 Supercars thunder into PE, with title leader Mackie Adlem (Adlem Auto Jaguar) out to tighten his title grip, but closest rivals Terry Wilford (Fuchs Falcon) and Franco di Matteo (Deltec Jaguar) will be out to stop him. There will however be definite EP interference from East London duo, Bevan Swartz (Corvette) and Johan van der Westhuizen (Camaro) joining the chase with the likes of Steve Herbst (Corvette), David Coetzee (Falcon) and Antonie Marx (Jaguar).
Last time the G&H Transport Extreme Supercars came to the Bay, title rivals Franco Scribante (Porsche) and Charl Arangies (Stradale McLaren) became embroiled in a red-hot feud on a wet Aldo and they will be at it again. It’s also a family affair with cousin Dino Scribante (Porsche), G&H Transport Giannoccaro cousins Gianni (Lamborghini) and Jimmy (Ferrari) and TAR brothers Mark (BMW) and Jonathan du Toit (Ferrari) and keep an eye on Stradale duo Xlolile Leflaka (McLaren) and Ant Blunden (Porsche).
Local fans have much to shout about with two more Scribante cousins, PE brothers Aldo and Silvio in their Audi S4s, Nick Davidson in his newly V8-powered Audi S4, Gordon Nicholson (Skyline GTR), Kevin Kelly (Mitsubishi Evo) and Ian Riddle (BMW) up against the visiting BMWs of Loureiro brothers Rick and Paulo and Len-Henry Gobey, championship leader Roy Obery (Class D Porsche) and second man Elwyn Steenkamp’s (Class C BMW M3).
Expect thrilling paint-swapping action in the Motor Mart Volkswagen Challenge, where Polo 6R men Rory Atkinson (BHIT), Lyle Ramsay (Monroe/Fuchs), Bevin Masters (CPS Warehouse) and Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts) will fight it out in front. Title leader Stiaan Kriel (Motor Mart/Kalex) leads Jacques Smith (Liability Matters), Deon Holliday junior (Monitor Net) and senior (Centparts) and Stuart Mack (Race Technology) in Class B, while Dawie van der Merwe (LTR), Farhaan Basha (Motronix) and Andy Gossman (Allwagon) are the Class C frontrunners.
Evergreen Formula Vee makes a welcome return to Aldo Scribante, where Jaco Schriks (Lube Station) and Gert van den Berg continue their tight national title spat with the likes of Lushen Ramchander (TRA/D&B), father Pete and son Brandon Hills (Lube Fusion) and Richard Carr (Lucky Star) in pursuit. Cape Dolphin Racing Formula Libre pair and Byron Mitchell also join a field famous for the closest racing.
The Car Care Clinic 111 Sports & Saloons will have plenty to think about at Aldo Scribante. Upcountry regulars Kaylyn Miller (Midas Kia), Louis Scholtz (Car Care Civic), Wouter Roos (Nathans Golf), Porsche 924 men Mark Ellis, Phillip Meyer and Clive Smith, Harry Arangies, (350Z), Wayne Masters (Polo), Kevin Miller (Focus) and George Economides (BMW) have locals the likes of Rudolf de Vos (Chev Can-Am), Steve High (Cruze), Marais Ellis (BMW), Gordan Nolan (Polo), Dean Ball (BMW) and Zante Otto to deal with.
Two-wheeled action will see the visiting party including title frontrunners Morongoa Mahope (Yamaha R1) and Ian Thomas (SA Compressor Kawasaki) taking on Itumeleng Morakile (Honda), Stephen Motau (Ducati Panigale), Keith Botha (Honda CBR 600), Pelo Seate (Kawasaki) and Ketuoe, with a little local resistance from the likes of Sazi Petela (Suzuki) and Travis Naude (Kawasaki).
There is regular needle among the entertaining Car Care Clinic SuperHatch gang, where Brett Garland (autObarn Civic), Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Civic), Jonathan Du Toit (TAR Civic), Tyler Scott and Chris Davison will fight it out up front. Championship leader Nic Martin (Peugeot 208 GTI) heads Class B with Zane van Zyl (Golf), Shane Forget (Kadett Cub) and Wouter Roos (Polo) in hot pursuit while Andre Dannhauser (Pro Auto Corsa), Nathi Msimanga (Polo) and Robert Stoltz (Kadett) will fight it out in Class C.
Find the Aldo Scribante Race Track in the Coega IDZ just off the N2 North. There will be practice Friday 14 July with the racing starting mid-morning following warm-ups and qualifying Saturday. Entry fee is R60 per person and under-12s are free, there are full catering and bar facilities on site, so pack that cooler bag, the braai and the cooler box and head to Aldo for something a little different Saturday 21 September.