The Eastern Province motor racing season started in style with a full car and bike regional raceday at Port Elizabeth’s Aldo Scribante Racetrack on Saturday and it was the Scribante family who came to the fore as the new-look family team dominated.
Former Production Car racer Silvio Scribante took to his dad Celso’s former Production Car racing Audi S5 like a duck to water to take the card topping EP Regional Saloons pole position over brother and teammate Aldo Scribante’s similar machine and Bevan Schwartz’ Corvette. Silvio then led away until Aldo found a way past to take the win from Silvio, Davidson, Schwartz and Class B frontrunners Deon Slabbert (Polo) and Class C winner Rufus Neethling (BMW).
The second race was red flagged and re-started after five laps, with Aldo Scribante taking the first half and Silvio the second, but Silvio took it on aggregate from Davidson, Schwartz, Slabbert and reigning BMSC champion Gordon Nolan’s Polo. Silvio then closed off with a race 3 win over Davison, Aldo, Schwartz, Slabbert and Neethling.
So, Silvio Scribante took the day in the end, beating brother Aldo, Schwartz, Slabbert and Neethling overall. Silvio also took Class A, while Slabbert took Class B for the day and Neethling won Class C; Stephan Aucamp (BMW) Class D, Daniel Bright’s Golf took Class E and Wickus Basson (BMW) won Class F.
There was also great two-wheel action at Aldo on Saturday as several Cape Town riders made the trip. Kewyn Snyman (Kawasaki 600) took all three Unlimited, 600cc and Masters race wins from Jared Schultz (Yamaha 600). Gareth Gehlig (Kawasaki 600), Unlimited winner Paul Roelofse (Yamaha). Bradley Rehse, Chris Webster and Brandon Staffen (Kawasaki) meanwhile fought over the minor placings through the day to end up in that order overall.
Historics rider Jaco Scholtz (Suzuki) beat 400 winner Chad Bilsbury (Honda) two races to one to take the other Historic/PSP & Breakfast Run/Masters motorcycle day overall from 300 lass Jessica Howden (Yamaha), Historics man Malcolm Burrows (Suzuki) and the Honda 400s of Ray and Mattie Wood.
Back on four wheels, Rudolf de Vos steered his Chevy Can Am to the opening AMSC Coastal Challenge & Historic & Classic Saloons race victory over Shaun Rudolph (Escort), Deon Gouws (Kadett), Rane Berry (Skyline), Anton Ehlers (Escort) and Darryn Vice’s Anglia. Rudolph then took both races 2 and 3 from Gouws, Berry, Ehlers, Vice and Gordon Bennett (Rekord), with those six ending in the same order in both later racers and overall.
Quinsley Sale (Ariel Atom) stormed to the opening two Sports & GT races, but Gordon Nicholson (Nissan GT-R) took race 3 to take the day overall from Kean Barnard (Lotus 7) and Sale, while Lotus 7 trio Joel Steenekamp, Patrick Hanly and Jeandre Marais fought it out to close off the top six in that order.
Last but not least, Tom Hugo (Skyline) took all three race wins as he beat BMW duo Francois and Tertius Wium, Warren Oats, Ian Roberts (Golf) and Chris van der Walt to Street and Fine Cars glory.
There’s a short break before the second round of the EP championship on Saturday 9 March — diarise that now!