Champs at Scribante on Saturday

2018-10-10 06:03
Photo:DARRYL KURKARD

Photo:DARRYL KURKARD

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THREE Eastern Province motor racing championships will come to a head at Aldo Scribante Racetrack on Saturday, October 13, with each of them poised for title showdowns which should make for an epic day’s racing. 

Five points separate the top five drivers going into the EP Regional Saloons championship, where drop points will become a major factor as the three races go on through the day, with just six points splitting the top four in the EP Regional Motorcycle Championship and while there is a bigger gap at the top of the EP Sports and GT title race, there is some close action in the classes there.

Drop points apply to the Saloon Car Championships, so a driver who has scored well through the year must drop his or her four worst points scores, while a driver who has had poor luck or has missed races, will not need to drop if they have enough dot scores, so there are often surprises, come the final championship scores being posted.

Spectators can expect a huge spat up front in Class A, where Audi S4 Quattro duo Nick Davidson and Celso Scribante both need only drop one score each and are split by a single point, so this one is a straight dice to the line.

Class B leader, BMW driver Ian Riddle, can only drop one round, so is his 27-point advantage enough over Deon Slabbert (Polo) and Kevin Kelly (Mitsubishi), considering neither of them will need to drop any of their three race scores with 30 points on the table?

It’s just as confusing in Class C, where Gordon Nolan (VW) has two races to drop and holds a scant eight-point lead over James Mattison, (BMW) who has no drops to worry about, so all his points will score on Saturday. By the same token, Nolan can also retire from a race on Saturday and gain a second place he’d otherwise drop.

It’s however a straight dice in Class D, where George van Baalen (Polo) holds an advantage over Rufus Neethling (Polo).

Conversely in Class E, both Niel Roos (Polo) and Derik Gouws (BMW) have scored well in every race this year, with Roos just three points off a perfect championship score, but Gouws is only 10 points behind. Daniel Bright (Golf) has the comfort of all his points counting this weekend and is within reach of Gouws in the title chase. 

The closest dice is however between Fanie Aucamp (Jetta) and Ryan Britton (Golf), who go into the Class E finale tied on points and both will drop two races, so their best score this weekend may not help as it could very well go down to a tiebreak count back.

Overall, Class E man Niel Roos leads Class C driver Gordon Nolan, Class B leader Ian Riddle and Class A duo Nick Davidson and Celso Scribante, with five points between the lot of them for the championship win.

Class leader B Kean Barnard (Lotus 7) has to be the favourite for the overall EP Sports & GT championship that does not drop any points. He has an 18-point advantage over Class T leader Jeandre Marais (VW).

The two-wheeled races will see Classic rider Mac Burrows (Suzuki) fighting Masters A man Roberto Jonker (BMW), 650cc leader Paul Jansen (Kawasaki), Masters B man Jan Dorfling (Suzuki) and 600cc rider Kevin Redman (Yamaha) off in the overall title race.

The day starts with the driver’s briefing at 7:40, before qualifying and then first races from 9:45 through to after five, before the champions will be crowned at prize giving at six. Entry is R50 per person at the gate or book in advance via www.westway.co.za

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