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Extreme Festival heads to GP circuit

EAST London’s legendary Grand Prix Circuit will play host to the third round of the 2017 Extreme Festival on Saturday.

Race fans can expect to be thrilled by a scintillating day’s racing topped by a trio of South African National Championship classes in the Sasol GTCs, Engen Volkswagen Cup and Investchem Formula 1600 races.

They will be backed up by a quartet of visiting Northern Regions championship classes in the spectacular G&A Extreme Supercars, the Comsol Volkswagen Challenge and a pair of Red Square Kawasaki ZX10 Masters and Bridgestone Thunder Bike motorcycle classes.

Saturday’s races should add more history to an incredible legend in yet another great day’s racing at the idyllic track with the premier Sasol Global Touring Cars topping the bill.

GTC Championship leader Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol BMW) is keen to add to his three race wins out of four starts so far in 2017 to expand on his handy 41-point title advantage over Engen Extreme Audi driver Simon Moss. The Port Elizabeth youngster will be keen on a home province victory.

Multiple SA race champion Johan Fourie, who has muscled his privateer BMW into third in the championship will be in the sights of factory Volkswagen pilot, Johannesburg’s Matthew Hodges, who sits fourth in the title.

Port Elizabeth’s defending Sasol GTC champion Michael Stephen will be out to make good after a tough start to the season.

The Sasol GTC2 hot hatch class sees two new cars taking to the track for the first time in East London. Cape lad Daine Angel’s new Honda Civic Type R and compatriot Kosie Weyers’ Chevrolet Cruze will have their work cut out by the class regulars though, not least of all Volkswagen Motorsport’s 17-year-old championship leader, Keagan Masters, who has won three out of the four races so far in his Golf GTI.

REVVED UP: The Extreme Festival of racing returns to East London for some hot, explosive action this weekend Picture: TREVOR KITCHING

One class that is certain to thrill is the Engen Volkswagen Cup that always delivers action and is set to settle down to proper racing following musical chairs in the early races, when race two winner Shaun La Réserveé missed Kyalami’s rounds 3 and 4 to get married.

In the Polo Power class, Engen VW Cup veteran Devin Robertson leads the title chase from his young gun Signature Racing teammate Clinton Bezuidenhout and Masters driver Juan Gerber. Ignoring those super subs, Masters champion La Réserveé sits an effective fourth in the title chase ahead of Jeffrey Kruger.

Among the biggest attractions of the East London Extreme Festival have to be the G&H Extreme Supercar races where the likes of Craig Jarvis’ Dodge Viper, Ferrari trio Jonathan and Mark du Toit and Jimmy Giannoccaro and Porsche men Dino Scribante and Oliver Dalais are poised to thrill. A gang of rapid BMWs steered by the likes of Dawie Olivier, Ricky and Gianni Giannoccaro, Paul Hill and Len-Henry Gobey will be out to beat their sleek rivals.

The visiting Gauteng Volkswagen Challenge gang will complete a full race program on the day, where door-to-door action is guaranteed across the three classes. The Border Motorsport Club is putting on a full show with a kiddies entertainment corner, a flea market, food vendors, the canteen and a fully licensed pub, as well as the Coca Cola Gig Rig.

Early bird tickets at R50 each from the BMSC Office, the Spargs, Best Drive on Cambridge Street, Ian’s Auto Clinic or Vincent Hardware, or at the gate at R80.

Contact 043-736-4023, office@bmsc.co.za or visit http://bmsc.co.za for more.

 

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