Local stars set for glory at national champs

2017-07-12 06:03

PORT Elizabeth race fans can look forward to their annual dose of national championship motorsport.

Local racers and teams will be ready to thrill their Nelson Mandela Bay fans when the Extreme Festival brings the Sasol Global Touring Cars, Engen Volkswagen Cup and Investchem Formula 1600 to the Aldo Scribante Racetrack on Saturday.

Local interest will no doubt centre on the two Sasol GTC races, where home team Terry Moss Racing and its Port Elizabeth drivers, multiple SA and reigning GTC champion Michael Stephen and young gun Simon Moss will continue in their quest to retain SA’s biggest race crown.

Stephen and Moss, currently sitting second and third in the GTC title chase behind Jozi Sasol BMW driver, Gennaro Bonafede, will be out to maximise their home town advantage.

Volkswagen Motorsport Jettas will also be out to score their first wins of the year at the company’s local stomping ground in the hands of another local lad, Daniel Rowe, and Mathew Hodges, while the factory Golf GTIs will be out to stem the recent Mini tide in GTC2.

Aldo Scribante is also in essence the home ground of the Engen Volkswagen Cup, where much of SA’s future racing talent will be on display with the likes of Devin Robertson, Jeff Kruger, Juan Gerber, lady racer Tasmin Pepper and Shaun La Réserveé set to mix it up with testosterone-charged kids Clinton Bezuidenhout, Matt Shorter, Daniel Duminy, Giordano Lupini and others keen to make a mark.

Another band of youngsters taking a different route to the top, the Investchem Formula 1600 single-seater lot, will, however, have one task in mind and that’s to topple the so far unbeatable Capetonian, Julian van der Watt from his 2017 winning ways.

The team includes drivers Stuart White, Cameron O’Connor, Alex Gillespie and Brad Beningfield. The three national classes will be backed up by a round each of the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup Interprovincial Red Square Kawasaki Challenge, the ever-popular EP Regional Saloon Car Championship and the Algoa Motorsport Club Motorcycle Championship.

Practice will take place on Friday and the racing starts mid-morning on Saturday.

The entry fee is R80 per person and children under the age of 12 enter free of charge.

The Aldo Scribante Raceway is situated in the Coega IDZ just off the N2 road in Markman.

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