Big Ben the man to beat in V8 GT

POWER: Franco di Matteo's Jaguar should be one of the fastest cars at Phakisa on Saturday.

POWER: Franco di Matteo's Jaguar should be one of the fastest cars at Phakisa on Saturday.

This year’s South African Sports and GT championship series has provided large grids, noisy, spectacular racing and surprising results.

Saturday’s two races at Phakisa should be no exception.

Currently heading up the GT Car title log will be old timer Ben Morgenrood in his IndyOil Ford Mustang.

Morgenrood has been relentlessly consistent this year, scoring half the available race victories, plus championship points in the remaining half.

Taking him on at Phakisa, hoping to take advantage from any mistakes, will be Larry Wilford (Fuchs Chev Corvette), Terry Wilford (Fuchs Ford Mustang) and Franco di Matteo (Varta Batteries Jaguar).

Further back, heading up the mid-field battle, will be people like Darron Gudzman (Country Range Corvette), Romano Sartori (AMC Ford Mustang), Jody van Zummerin (Border Towing Corvette) and Ray Wilford (Fuchs Chev Corvette).

Defending South African champion Rui Campos (Hollard Shelby) tops the Sports Car championship chase, with youngster Ferdi van Niekerk (Motorola Cordless Shelby) close on his heels.

Both drivers will hope to mix it with the front running GT cars at Phakisa, which twisty infield will suit the V6 engined Sports cars better than the hugely powerful V8 tin tops.

Other Sports Car drivers to watch should include Alan Eve (Pilot Pens Shelby), Brian Algar (POLO Shelby), Andrew Strike (Strike One Shelby) and Hanno Pengilly (Shelby CanAm).

* Matching the Sports and GT cars for pace around Phakisa should be the Formula Volkswagen contingent, with some ten of the winged, slick-tyred cars entered.

Robert Wolk should win both times in his Midas FVW, challenged by Werner Scholtz (Motorvia FVW), Nicholas van Weely (Anglo Rand FVW), Christopher Shorter (Formula VW) and Rui Campos (Hollard FVW).

* Brothers Keegan and Jason Campos currently lead the Formula 1600 title chase in their Etana Mygale entries, marginally ahead of James Temple (Ferodo Mygale).

* Veteran George Ferreira tops the Zetec class in his GF Plastics Mygale, with his closest opponents Rick Morris (Investchem Mygale), Dillon Miller (BF Strategy Mygale) and Matthew Miller (Lovel Gallery Mygale).



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