The rejuvenated Inland Championship Roadshow will once again head to the Zwartkops Raceway for the seventh round of the 2016 racing season on Saturday 17 September. If the last event at this popular venue is anything to go by the racing is sure to be fast and furious.
Championship leader Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang) will once again be under pressure from Mackie Adlem (Jaguar) and Devin Robertson (Chev Corvette) in the GTA class of the Big Boss Auto Super Saloon category. Willie Hepburn (Opel Rekord) is expected to lead the GT2 class with Jody Vianna (Mazda RX8) heading up the charge in GT3. Adrian Dalton (VW Golf) is the man to beat in GT4 with Jimmy Tsimenglou (BMW M3) the class leader in GT5.
Julian Fameliaris (E36 328i Turbo) continues his assault on the class A Championship in the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series, but can definitely expect some tough opposition from Desmond Bloem (E36 M3 Turbo) and Julian’s cousin Dino Fameliaris (E36 M3 Turbo) who is expected to return in a greatly improved machine. The class B battle has become a lot closer with Riaan Woest (E46 M3 GTR) a mere two points ahead of Rick Loureiro (E30 3.2 CSL) after the last round. Warren Dodd (E46 M3) has also made good progress but will have to worry about an on form Jorge Estrela (E36 328i Turbo) who has been a revelation over the past few events.
Class C continues to produce some of the closest racing in the series. Lorenzo Gaultieri (E36 328i) has taken the lead in the class after two masterful performances at the previous event but is only three points ahead of Mish-al Sing (E30 325is). Craig Ball (E36 328i) has lost a bit of ground to the leading pair but will no doubt be determined to regain some valuable points. Willie Erasmus (E36 M3) is hot on his heels however and will be looking to keep Philip Smit (E46 M3) and Shane Grobler (E36 328i) behind him. Troy Cochran (E46 325ti) now leads the class D brigade and will be looking at gaining more of an advantage over drivers like Andy Smith (E36 318is Turbo) and Edwin Dreyer (BMW E46 M3) who suffered a catastrophic engine failure in the last outing. He will be sure to make up some valuable points after that zero scoring round. Mike Dodd (E36 318is) is the leader of the class E pack and will be hoping for a bit more opposition at this event.
Single seater fans can look forward to the Formula Monoposto series which has a wide variety of open wheel race cars competing. Currently leading the overall Monoposto championship is Michael Kernick (Tasman 95 Vee) with Steven Levin (SRJ Formula Vee) a mere 4 points behind him. In third is Leon Scholtz (Formula Vee) leading fourth placed man Jannie Geyser (Vision Vee) by only 2 points. With more than a dozen other capable drivers the racing is expected to be close and furious!
Seef Fourie (Maxtrac / Denmar Steel) now leads the Pro class in the action packed INEX Legends Championship. With his string of bad luck still not over, Divan Myburgh (Bamboo Racing) has dropped back to second place with Shaun Nel (INEX Legends SA) gaining valuable ground on him as well. Justin Robertson (Big Boss Auto) continues to increase his lead in the Masters category. Anton Repsold (Maxtrac / Denmar Steel) and Steve Nel (INEX Legends SA) have dropped back however and will be looking to gain some form and reliability at this event. Lonika Maartens (Maxtrac / Denmar Steel) continues to increase her lead in the Semi Pro class but can expect to be under pressure from Anro Stadler (Jentelle Racing). Shjaell Nel (INEX Legends SA) and Richard Upton (R.U Racing) could steal a few points as well. Clinton Bezuidenhout (Universal Health Care) continues to dominate the Young Lions class ahead of Altan Bouw (Big Boss Auto) and Dylan Daly (Big Boss Auto).
Jeff Langeveldt (Honda CRX) continues to lead the class A battle ahead of Dirk Lawrence (Honda Ballade) in the Yokohama Modified Production Cars series. Adrian Dalton (VW Golf) has regained the class B point’s lead after the massive crash between Paul van Niekerk (VW Golf 1) and Paul Saayman (VW Golf 1) at the previous event. Kalyn Miller (Ford Icon) continues the battle with Morne Fullard (VW Golf 2) Michael Frade (Ford Bantam) in Class C while the SRA brigade will see the likes of Mario Nardini (Nardini SP308) and James Alexander (Nardini SP) fighting for class honours. Once again the Silvercup category is expected to join the fight as well.
The Midvaal Historics and Trofeo Challenge categories continue to produce some of the biggest fields in the Inland Championship. Brendan Parker (Datsun GX Coupe) currently leads the Midvaal Historics championship chase at the top of the log with Jacques Mostert (Datsun) a few points behind him. Rookie Peder Jensen (Datsun) has impressed all season and finds himself in third position ahead of Koos Louw (Mercedes Benz W123). Paddy Venske (Toyota Corona) and Mossie Mostert (Datsun) are further behind Louw as they round out the top six. John Hendriks (Alfa Sud) has a healthy lead in the Trofeo Challenge points log with Shaun Lamprecht (Alfa 33) in second.
The 250 Superkart brigade are also expected to make a welcome return to the Inland Championship Roadshow. At their last outing at Zwartkops saw Bevan Williams set a fastest lap for the day at 60.870 seconds. All eyes will be on him to see if he can break through that 60 second laptime. He will be chased by the likes of Dewald Brummer and Kyle Lawrence.