Stock car fans rev up for Summerpride thrills, spills

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SA’s top drivers gear up for Showground challenge

ON SATURDAY the second annual Border Stock Car Association 1660 Challenge will be held at the Summerpride Showground’s circuit.

The event, which was first held last year, is looking to build on the success of last year.

POWER PACK: The action-packed Border Stock Car Association 1660 Challenge takes place this weekend at Summerpride Showgrounds with some hot racing action in the offing. Anthony Power is seen speeding around the Border Stock Car track in Summerpride Picture: DEAN HOLMES

With entrants from all over South Africa converging on the circuit, spectators are in for a treat.

The 2.1 modified class boasts a- nine car entry line-up, with top drivers such as Shawn Collins and last year’s 1660 Challenge winner Daniel Renison lining up for battle.

There are championship points up for grabs, and all the usual top contenders will be determined to make their mark on the evening’s proceedings.

The Hotrod class will see the likes of William Hunter, Deon Potgieter and Branen Naude do battle in an all-out attempt for the evening’s top honours. The young up-and-coming drivers in the class will be looking to chase the more experienced drivers’ heels and it promises to be a spectacular affair.

A strong field of junior hotrods will take to the track with the likes of Melandri Myburgh, who took first overall at the previous race, hoping to stay ahead of the super quick Carla Naude and Port Elizabeth’s talented pair Kenzo and Aiden Barnard.

The class with the youngest drivers often proves to be one of the most entertaining as each driver tries to stamp their authority over the next.

The thunderous V8 AMS class often has spectators on the edge of their seats, as these loud mudslinging machines navigate their way around the circuit.

Top contenders will be the likes of Shawn Victor, Clinton Green and Sarel Hattingh. These drivers need no invitation to get their elbows out and force their way to the front of the pack. The main event for the evening is the 1660 class. With R5000 prize money on offer for the winner of the final, drivers have it all to play for.

The 19-car field promises to provide action from the green light until the final flag waves. Last year’s 1660 challenge champion Renison, from Port Elizabeth, will be back to try and defend his title, but will have a real challenge ahead of him facing the likes of the current South African No 2 Marius Vos, Ruan Mostert, Jaco Aylward, Jason Brink, Malcolm Els George Noah and East London’s current championship leader Jethro Schwartz, Anthony Power, Ryan Dalton, Jarryd Hurn, Derick van der Westhuizen, Shawn Victor and Zaine Knickelbein.

Any driver in this super competitive class has what it takes to snatch the victory and this is a real mouthwatering prospect.

Gates open at 11.30am with the grand parade scheduled for 4.45pm and racing starting at 5pm. Entrance is R50 for adults, R20 for kids and children under 6 is free. Food and refreshments will be on sale.

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