Reliability will rule for Fourie to again lead Wesbank Samcar Championship Reigning WesBank Samcar and SA Drivers’ Champion, Johan Fourie, believes that if his Sasol dualfuelä Opel Omega is as reliable as the last two outings, he can regain the lead of the 2003 series at the Vodacom Power Tour meeting at Phakisa Freeway, Welkom, on Saturday (4 October). -

- Grant van Schalkwyk (Hi–Q Mustang) holds a 5-point advantage going into the 3rd last event of the season, but should the Sasol ace take both heats in the Goldfields and the former finishes 2nd, Fourie will lead by 1 point. -

- The Supervan Racing lead driver was untouchable in the two August races (Zwartkops and A.A. Kyalami) and the generally tight configuration of Phakisa could advantage the “spot on” handling of the Sasol Omega, compared to the Ford Mustang and Jaguar entries. -

- The other “fancied” Ford is the Fuchs Titan car of Larry Wilford, who has lost a bit of ground in the title race of late, while Gary Formato and his ever-improving Auto Trader Jaguar and the Havoline-livered version of Riaan Botma are the other expected challengers. -

- Melvill Priest and his Sasol-fueled Mad Buzz Omega might well shock them all. Tons of seat time at Aldo Scribante, Port Elizabeth, in September has been his focus towards a podium finish. -

- Buoyed by his maiden Engen Volkswagen Cup race win at Kyalami a month ago, Shaun Watson-Smith has also been tweaking his Sasol-supported Barnett Autospares Polo at Scribante, his home track. -

- The main protagonists for this one-make championship’s honours, Hennie Groenewald and Tshops Sipuka, will be well aware of Watson-Smith’s driving ability and (increased) hunger to beat them and the many other national champions that compete in “Polo’s” on Saturday. -

- Literally “black and blue” after a massive shunt in race one at A.A.Kyalami, the Sasol dualfuelä Polo of Phillip Kekana has undergone some serious body and motor surgery in the last few weeks. -

- “ They call me the Township Tornado, but honestly 2003 has been the stormiest year of my racing career”, he says. -

- “My team have done a great job putting the car back in shape, so I have to qualify well and push for points this weekend”, he added. -

- Also looking for points, as the season begins to wind down, are the Sasol-backed privateers in the SA Production Car category, where often Class D provides the greatest spectacle. -

- Ford Ikon drivers, Clint Weston, Fanie de Bruin and Miguel Pasqualli, as well as Volkswagen Citi Golf pilot, Angus Thompson, have all tasted victory this year in the “tooth and nail” class. -

- In Class C, Craig Nicholson intends to be back on the podium in his Sabat Honda after missing out at Kyalami, while Steve Wyndham (Class A Ford Falcon) needs a top finish. -

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