Zwartkops Raceway was the setting for the seventh round of the 2016 Inland Championship this past weekend with non-stop action highlighting another brilliant race day.As usual the INEX Legends series kicked off proceedings with an action packed first race. Divan Myburgh (Pro) took an early lead ahead of Clinton Bezuidenhout (Young Lion) and Seef Fourie (Pro).
Fourie took the lead on lap two with Lonika Maartens (Semi-Pro) and Myburgh hot on his heels. Maartens grabbed the lead on the penultimate lap of the race and only just held on for the win ahead of Fourie and Myburgh.
The second race picked up where the last one left off as Maartens took an early lead ahead of cousins Divan and Llewellyn Myburgh. Divan gained the lead on lap two with Fourie coming through to claim second by lap six. A last lap tussle with Divan handed the victory to Llewellyn with Anro Stadler taking second ahead of Bezuidenhout.
The third and final race continued the non-stop action with Fourie taking the lead early on. Determined to make up for the lost points in race two he put his head down and went on to take a comfortable victory ahead of Stadler and Divan Myburgh.
Pole man Julian Fameliaris (E36 328i Turbo) held the lead at the start of the first race for the Bridgestone BMW Car Club series. Manny Ribeiro (E36M3) slotted into second with Stefano Martinelli (E36 328i Turbo) and Paulo Loureiro (E36 M3 GTS) fighting for third. Fameliaris romped home to an easy Overall and class A victory when Ribeiro faded with mechanical issues. Martinelli took a well placed second and first in class B with Loureiro holding on for third. Lorenzo Gualtieri (E36 328i) and Troy Cochran (E46 325ti) took the class C and D honours respectively.
The reverse grid by class for the second race saw Ribeiro take the lead ahead of Fameliaris and Rick Loureiro (E30 3.2 CSL). Fameliaris grabbed the lead on lap two and never looked back. He went on to take the Overall and class A victory ahead of class B victor Martinelli once again with Ribeiro happy to take third. Gualtieri and Cochran took the double in classes C and D with Mike Dodd (E36 318is) doing the same in class E.
Louis van der Merwe (Formula GTI) took the lead at the start of the first Formula Monoposto race and never looked back. He took an unchallenged Overall and class B victory ahead of Didier Diedericks (Formula M) and class C winner Leon Scholtz (Formula Vee). Eleventh placed Michael Kernick (Formula Ford) took the class D honours with Steven Levin (Formula Vee) doing the same in class E.
Van der Merwe picked up where he left off in race two and took an immediate lead ahead of Diedericks and Scholtz. He romped home to yet another unchallenged Overall and class B victory. Scholtz claimed the double in class C with Kernick and Levin doing the same in classes D and E respectively.
Pole man Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang) took the lead of the first Big Boss Auto Super Saloons race with Devin Robertson (Chev Corvette) and Mackie Adlem (Jaguar) hot on his heels. Robertson grabbed the lead with an incredible move through turn eight on lap four. He went on to take a comfortable Overall and GTA class win ahead of Morgenrood and Adlem. JP Breedt (Nissan 300ZX) claimed the GT2 honours with Jody Viana (Mazda RX8) and Adrian Dalton (Golf 1) doing the same in GT3 and GT4 respectively.
The second race saw Robertson break away into an early lead and never look back. He went on to claim his second Overall and GTA class win of the day ahead of Franco Di Matteo (Jaguar) and Adlem. Derrick Dearlove (Jaguar XJ) took the win in GT2 with Viana taking the double in GT3. Karel Stols (Mazda RX7) got the better of Dalton to claim the win in GT4 while Jimmy Tsimenglou (BMW M3) was the lone GT5 competitor in both races.
Emmanuel Athanassiou (Spaceframe VW Corrado) took the Overall and class A victory in the first Silver Cup race followed by George Economides (Golf 1 Turbo) and class P winner Rinus Plomp (Subaru Impreza STI). Riaan Draper (Spaceframe Ford Fiesta) took the class B honours with Verity-Anne Joubert (Honda Ballade) taking class C. David Louw claimed the class D honours.
Economides claimed the Overall and class A victory in race two followed by JP Bohlman (Spaceframe Clio) and Plomp who claimed the double in class P. Joubert and Louw went on to take the double in classes C and D as well.
Producing the biggest field on the day was the Midvaal Historics and Trofeo Challenge class. A fierce battle for the lead eventually saw the Overall win go the way of Shawn Smidt (Datsun 160Y) with Brendan Parker (Datsun GX Coupe) taking a hard fought second. Rene Janse van Rensburg (Ford Escort MK2) took a comfortable third. Smidt took class D as well with Parker and Janse van Rensburg taking classes E and X respectively. Fourth placed Jacques Mostert (Datsun GX Coupe) took class F with Sean Fandam (Fiat 124 Sport) taking class G. Chris Williams held on for the class H win. Seventh placed John Hendriks (Alfa Sud) took the Trofeo Challenge class honours.
Parker grabbed the lead in the second race followed by Wentzel Nortman (Toyota Corolla) and Smidt. An off by Nortman on lap four handed second to Smidt. He then proceeded to take the lead on lap eight and went on to claim his second Overall and class D victory of the day ahead of Janse van Rensburg and Mostert. Janse van Rensburg and Mostert took the double in classes X and F respectively. Fifth placed Nortman came back to take the class E honours. Anton Vos (Datsun 1200GX) and Johan Swanepoel (Alfa Berlina) took the honours in classes G and H this time around while Warren Ewart (Alfa GTV6) took the Trofeo Challenge class win.
Bevan Williams comfortably won both 250 Superkart races ahead of Kyle Lawrence. Riccardo Tafani and series newcomer Clinton Bezuidenhout shared third place in race one and two respectively.
Pole man George Economides (Golf 1) took the lead at the start of the first Yokohama MPC race with Brendan Hall (Honda CRX) and Keagan Pottas (Honda CRX) hot on his heels. Jeff Langeveldt (Honda CRX) and Dirk Lawrence (Honda Ballade) were slightly off pace as they tried to stay with the leading trio. Economides went on to take a comfortable Overall and class T victory ahead of class A winner Hall while Pottas took a fine third place. Adrian Dalton (VW Golf 1 Turbo) took class B with Kenny Darroch (VW Golf 1) taking class C. James Alexander (Nardini SP) claimed the SRA win.
The second race would be a repeat of the first with Economides taking the Overall and class T victory ahead of class A winner Hall. Pottas once again held on for third position. Dalton took the double in class B with Darroch doing the same in class C. Alexander took the SRA class honours once again.
The next round for the Inland Championship will head back to the Midvaal Raceway in Meyerton on 15th of October 2016.