The occasion will be rounds three and four of this year’s Bridgestone Production Car championship at the Killarney circuit near Cape Town.
Judging by events during the opening rounds of the title chase at Kyalami on March 15, the Western Cape enthusiasts are in for a racing spectacle from the top shelf.
Going to Cape Town, Team Afrox BMW 330i drivers Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde will top the Class A point standings, marginally ahead of current South African champion Shaun Watson-Smith (Engen Xtreme Audi A4 3,2 quattro) and Leeroy Poulter (Sasol Nissan 350Z).
They could all win races, as could local hero Johan Fourie (JFR Audi), Tschops Sipuka (Sasol Nissan 350Z) and Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi).
Hoping for better luck after problematic starts to the season will be Melvill Priest (MiKar Lenovo Audi), Marco da Cunha (Tubular Tech Nissan 350Z) and Darryn Lobb (Tubular Tech Nissan 350Z).
After back to back Kyalami victories Graeme Nathan (Seat Cupra) should be the man to beat in Class T for force injected petrol engined cars.
His closest challengers should be Iain Pepper (PG Glass Volkswagen Golf GTI) and Gary Formato (Ford Racing Focus TS), with Curt Alchin (Assist 2 Sell Golf GTI), Gary van Heerden (Webcom Golf GTI) and Graham Donker (Mini Max Golf GTI) in close attendance.
After suffering turbo problems at Kyalami, the MFC / Bizhub Mazda 3MPS models of Heinz Bose and Etienne Prinsloo could provide surprises. Neville van der Merwe is expected to boost the field with one of three new Polo GTI models, recently upgraded from the Volkswagen Cup series.
So could Mark Silverwood (SAC MINI Cooper S), Andre’ van der Merwe (ACC Air Renault Megane Sport), Phillip Kekana (Seat Cupra), George Economides (MINI Cooper S) and Shaun Duminy scheduled to debut Ford Racing’s second Focus ST entry.
Ben Morgenrood (Agip Mazda RX8) and Danie van Niekerk (Stanger Auto Ford Fiesta ST) set the Class B pace at Kyalami, but they could come under serious attack in the Western Cape.
Able to fight for victories should be Team Sasol Toyota RunX RSi drivers Dave Compton and Riyad Jaffer, Capetonian Kosie Swanepoel (Barnetts Toyota RunX RSi), Mark Carver (Vacation Properties Toyota) and Shaun Pike (Tosca Toyota RunX RSi).