With a total of 37 cars on the grid and many issues to be resolved, the final two rounds of this year’s South African Production Car Championship should provide fireworks at AA Kyalami next Saturday (November 22).
The Sasol/Konica Minolta Subaru rally team expects a tough title fight to the 2008 Sasol SA Rally Championship season, which kicks off with the 50th running of the Hitachi Tour Natal Rally on the 7th and 8th of March, taking in the scenic and popular North and South Coast cane field stages.
This year’s national Superbike championship was a white-knuckle ride with the top two – Shaun Whyte and Sheridan Morias – going into the race with only four points separating them! A few class winners had to be determined in the production car championship, where some contests were shrouded in controversy.
A wet and overcast Phakisa raceway did little to cool the stifling race action on Saturday as the Superbike racing stepped up a notch on the penultimate round of this year’s Vodacom Power Tour and favourites Shaun Whyte and Sheridan Morias had crowds on the edge of their seats.
Shaun van der Linde and Martin Steyn are locked in a tense battle for the Class T Production Car championship, and following heated skirmishes between the opposing Mini Cooper S teams at Kyalami last month, Phakisa is sure to be a battlefield on Saturday.
BMW 330i driver Anthony Taylor did a double whammy on Saturday when he bagged the overall Production Car title and the Class A crown with two podium finishes, while Dave Compton left Kyalami at the end of the day’s racing with the season’s Class B title secured with his Toyota RunX RSI.
Saturday’s instalment of the Sahara Production Car Championship at Kyalami will host the biggest entry of any meeting in this year’s Vodacom Power Tour. Veteran Steve Wyndham will campaign a 110 kW Ford Fiesta ST for the first time and former Ford pilot Clint Weston will join the Class T fray in a Mini Cooper S.
Melville Priest’s Audi A4 3,2 quattro upstaged Production Car Championship frontrunners BMW, Nissan and Alfa Romeo to claim double victories on the tight Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday.
Zwartkops plays host to Rounds 13 and 14 of the local production car championship this weekend, and races at the “smallest” racing circuit on the calendar have been split to accommodate the angry swarm of cars.
The Nissan 350Z piloted by Gary Formato and Anthony Taylor’s BMW 330i were the victors in the latest rounds of the local production car championship, held at East London over the weekend.