It is a close battle at the top of the overall championship table in the 2018 Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series heading into the penultimate round of the season at Zwartkops Raceway. On Saturday, October 13 Antonie Marx will start the race day with a mere one-point advantage and with the knowledge that every point available will be vital in his bid to win the title in his Xado Smart Nanotechnology BMW M3.
With 87 points accumulated from 12 races to date, Marx heads up Class C with a comfortable margin of 22 points. In the overall championship things are however much closer. Class D leader Alan Hilligenn has added 86 points to his tally with Class B’s Paulo Loureiro on 83 points. Marx and Hillegenn have recorded five wins each with Loureiro recording seven. At Zwartkops Raceway itself in 2018 Hilligenn leads the victories table with two compared to the one-each for his rivals. Marx’s overall record at Zwartkops is however better than that of his rivals with 27 points scored from four starts compared to 26 and 23 for Hilligenn and Loureiro respectively.
“As the statistics will show it has been rather even between the three of us throughout the season” says Marx while looking back at 2018 to date. “Perhaps it can be argued that I’ve been able to make a little bit more of my bad days, but this certainly is no reason to relax. I know both Alan and Paulo will be giving it their all at Zwartkops. I will certainly be doing exactly that as well with two wins on the day being our target.”
Following the engine replacement at the start of the Phakisa Freeway race weekend, the team have spent the break between rounds ensruing optimum power output. “Despite being the shortest circuit on the calendar, Zwartkops brings its own set of technical challenges. Two thirds of the lap are spent at full throttle; even though there are not lots of places that you’ll be running flat out. It also does not allow for lots of room to overtake, therefore superior acceleration will be crucial.”
Marx can’t win the title on the day, but one mistake can release his grip on the proverbial one side of the trophy. It will be everything to play for with the day’s two Bridgestone BMW Club Series races expected to be the highlight of the EV Dynamics Inland Championship race day. Marx would like to invite all motorsport fans in Gauteng to attend the day’s action. Race 1 is scheduled to start at 11:35 with Race 2 at 15:00. Tickets will be available at the gate at R100 / adult, R80 / student and with children under 12 getting in for free.
Antonie Marx 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 Image credit: Paul Blackburn