Motorsport 7.8.2016 04:16 pm

Inland racing championship preview

Willie Hepburn (V8 Shoppe Opel Rekord) should be the GT2 winning favourite in Saturday’s Big Boss Auto Super Saloon Car races at the Red Star Raceway. Picture: Eric Buijs.

Willie Hepburn (V8 Shoppe Opel Rekord) should be the GT2 winning favourite in Saturday’s Big Boss Auto Super Saloon Car races at the Red Star Raceway. Picture: Eric Buijs.

Top billing will go to the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series, with a full grid of varied Beemers fighting in various classes.

The 2016 Inland championship will visit the Red Star Raceway near Delmas on Saturday, with eight separate categories in action.

> Top billing will go to the Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series, with a full grid of varied Beemers fighting in various classes.

Julian Fameliaris (BMW E36 328i Turbo) has a massive lead in Class A and the overall championship, but can expect tough opposition from his cousin Dino Fameliaris (BMW E36 M3 Turbo) and Desmond Bloem (BMW E36 M3 Turbo).

Riaan Woest (BMW E46 M3 GTR) is the leading contender in Class B but he will come under pressure from Rick Loureiro (BMW E30 3.2 CSL), Warren Dodd (BMW E46 M3), Stefano Martinelli (BMW E36 328i Turbo) and Jorge Estrela (BMW E36 328i Turbo).

Top Class C runners should include Mish-al Sing (BMW E30 325is), Lorenzo Gaultieri (BMW E36 328i), Andreas Meier (BMW E36 M3) and Craig Ball (BMW E36 328i).

Mish-al Sing (BMW E30 325is) and Lorenzo Gaultieri (BMW E36 328i) should be front runners in Class C of Saturday’s Bridgestone BMW Club races. Picture: RacePics.

Mish-al Sing (BMW E30 325is) and Lorenzo Gaultieri (BMW E36 328i) should be front runners in Class C of Saturday’s Bridgestone BMW Club races. Picture: RacePics.

Class D will provide a fight between people such as Bevan Meyer (BMW E36 325i), Troy Cochran (BMW E46 325ti), Neil Reynolds (BMW E39 M5) and Edwin Dreyer (BMW E46 M3).

>  The Big Boss Auto Super Saloon category with the big V8 GTA class is always a crowd favourite.

Championship leader Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang) will face pressure from Mackie Adlem (Jaguar) and Devin Robertson (Chev Corvette).

Willie Hepburn (Opel Rekord V8) is expected to dominate the GT2 class with Jody Vianna (Mazda RX8) leading the charge in GT3.

> The Yokohama Modified Production Car races should see Jeff Langeveldt (Honda CRX) facing off against Dirk Lawrence (Honda Ballade), Paul van Niekerk (VW Golf 1), Adrian Dalton (VW Golf), Paul Saayman (VW Golf 1) and Giles Darroch (VW Golf 1).

> The Midvaal Historics and Trofeo Challenge categories should again produce a large field and competitive racing.

Brendan Parker (Datsun GX Coupe) currently leads the Midvaal Historics title chase, challenged by Jacques Mostert (Datsun), Peder Jensen (Datsun), Koos Louw (Mercedes Benz W123), Paddy Venske (Toyota Corona) and Mossie Mostert (Datsun).

John Hendriks (Alfa Sud) has a healthy lead in the Trofeo Challenge points log, ahead of Shaun Lamprecht (Alfa 33) and Carlos Gameiro JNR (Alfa Romeo Giulia).

> The INEX Legends Championship should see drivers such as Divan Myburgh (Bamboo Racing), Shaun Nel (INEX Legends SA), Seef Fourie (Denmar Steel), Justin Robertson (Big Boss Auto), Anton Repsold (Maxtrac) and Steve Nel (INEX Legends SA) at the front end.

Others to watch will include Johann van de Venter (INEX Legend), Lonika Maartens (Denmar Steel) and Anro Stadler (Jentelle Racing).

> Single-seater fans will be entertained by an ever-growing Formula Monoposto field.

Possible winners will include Michael Kernick (Tasman 95), Steven Levin (SRJ Formula Vee), John Maurien (VW Ray), Leon Scholtz (Formula Vee) and Didier Diedericks (Formula M).

> The Comsol VW Challenge brigade will tackle round six of their 2016 championship, with frontrunners Tasmin Pepper (Campos Transport Polo), Waldie Meintjies (LTR Polo), Miles Stewart (RCS Security Polo), Michael Stewart (RCS Security Polo) and Michael Harris (SA Lubes Polo Vivo).

Admission will cost R50 per adult, with racing expected to start at 10am.

To find out more, call Paul Blackburn on 082 900 6443 ormedia@racepics.co.za.

 

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