Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Gqeberha played host to five Extreme Festival categories this past Saturday (9 October), delivering plenty of action-packed battles, horrific incidents and a couple of very fast lap times.
Unlike the previous edition at the end of May, the roster for this round was made up of the coastal rounds for various inland categories that form part of the tour.
The G&H Transport Extreme SuperCars headed up the programme. Charl Arangies (Stradale Motorsport Lamborghini), Dayne Angel (Autohaus Angel Premium Assets Porsche), Kris Budnik (Bucketlist Racing Dodge) and Ben Morgenrood (Ben Morgenrood Ford & Mazda Lexus) all set sub-one-minute lap times in the morning's qualifying session.
Arangies topped this off by winning all three of the day's races while setting three fastest laps below the one-minute mark. In the first two races, he had fierce competition from Angel, who finished as runner-up on both occasions. Budnik completed the podium in Race 1 but lost out to Paulo Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW) in Race 2 following a good tussle between the pair. Loureiro finished as runner up in the third race ahead of Morgenrood.
Bob Neill (Delmon Mining Ford) won the first two of three Car Care Clinic GT Sport & Saloon races, fending off Mark du Toit (Trans Africa Racing BMW) to the finish line on both occasions. In Race 3, Du Toit led Neill over the line in an equally closely contested battle. Harry Arangies (Stradale Motorsport Nissan) finished third in the first two races, while Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Volkswagen) took the final podium position in Race 3.
George Economidies (Wealth Avenue BMW) took all three of the Car Care Clinic 111 Saloons wins. Philip Meyer (PPLE Group Porsche) and Piet Potgieter (Nathan's Motorsport Volkswagen) finished in second and third places respectively in the first two races, before swopping positions in Race 3.
The day's first major incident happened in the Car Care Clinic SuperHatch qualifying session. Melanie Spurr lost control of her Car Care Clinic Volkswagen while negotiation the esses in severe windy conditions. The car flipped and landed on its roof in a very dangerous position. The rest of the field did not hesitate to stop and check on the well-being of their fellow competitor, who fortunately did not suffer any significant injuries.
Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Honda), Brett Garland (AutObarn Honda) and Andre Dannhauser (Pro Auto Rubber Opel) delivered two superb threeway battles in the first two of three races. After jostling for position throughout Race 1, Du Toit led Garland and Dannhauser over the line. Race 2 saw an even closer contest with only 0.4 of a second separating the trio at the finish line, with Garland beating Dannhauser and Du Toit. The latter took the day's final win, this time with a clear advantage over Garland, who held off Dannhauser for the runner-up position.
Lendl Jansen (Bull Security) beat Gert van der Berg (DOE Quality Parts) in both the day's closely contested Formula Vee races. Lushen Ramchander (Liqui Moly) and Brandon Hills (Rugged SA) completed the two respective podiums.
Due to the size of their entry list, the Pozidrive VW Challenge races were split into separate heats for Class A & C and B. Dawie van der Walt (Universal Motorsport) took a double-victory in Class A while Wayne Masters (Performance Masters) finished as runner-up on both occasions.
Completing the podium on both occasions was Marco Busi (Automan Fitment Centre), a driver from Cape Town who made his championship debut. In Class C, Pierluigi Muzzulini (FSS International), Mohammed Karodia (Universal Motorsport) and Ian Walker (Cycles United-Mellow Velo) also repeated their positions in both races.
Both Class B races were won by Stiaan Kriel (T-Rex Racing), while Stuart Mack (Bluebelt Pozidrive) finished third in both races. In Race 1, Karshin Naidoo finished as runner-up while Leyton Fourie (Universal Racing) came back from an incident with Charisse van der Merwe (Hot 102.7FM) in Race 1 to finish as runner-up in Race 2.
Race 2 also saw an opening lap pile-up between Ethan Coetzee (JRT Racing), Aldin Haupt (Haupt Racing) and Lindsay Clur (Mirage Leisure) resulting in extensive damage to the pit wall, resulting in an extensive delay to have this repaired before the recommencement of the day's races.
The next round of the Extreme Festival tour will take place at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on 22-23 October.
Categories competing on the weekend will be the Global Touring Cars, Volkswagen Polo Cup, Mobil 1 V8 Supercars, Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series, Investchem Formula 1600, Formula Ford Kent and SunBet Kawasaki ZX10.
The weekend will also see Mozambique's Kia Picanto Cup visiting South Africa.