Phakisa Raceway Midas Production Car preview

Midas Production Car Wars To Resume At Free State Phakisa Raceway South Africa's largest national circuit racing circus will perform at the Free State Phakisa Raceway next Saturday (August 11). Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2001 Midas Production Car...

Midas Production Car Wars To Resume At Free State Phakisa Raceway

South Africa's largest national circuit racing circus will perform at the Free State Phakisa Raceway next Saturday (August 11).

Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2001 Midas Production Car Championship should see more than 40 competitors in action, with the outcome of the two races able to change the season's entire status quo.

Going to the Free State, Class E privateer Cor Kraamwinkel tops the title chase on 76 points in his Goldi Chicken Opel Kadett 140iS. His closest challengers, respectively on 71 and 64 points, are Shaun van der Linde (Class A Castrol BMW 328i) and Charl Wilken in his Class B Castrol Toyota Corolla RSi. Rounding out the top five on 59 and 56 points apiece are Class D Deltaparts Opel Corsa 160 GSi drivers Leeroy Poulter and Stephen Taylor.

With a total of 20 points up for grabs, any one of the five drivers could emerge from the Phakisa race meeting as the year's overall Midas Production Car Championship leader.

Title fight apart, the two Midas tin-top races at Phakisa should certainly provide some of the day's top spectacle.

In Class A, Shaun van der Linde knows that he has to win both times in his Castrol BMW 328i, assisted by the similar car of team mate Michael Briggs. To do so, they will have to fend off a full-scale onslaught by the likes of Kaye-Eddie BMW 328i racers Reghardt Roets and Gavin Kelsey, plus Steve Wyndham in his Ford Credit Fairmont.

Other drivers to fight for podium placings will include Richard Sorensen (Auto Body Specialists BMW 328i), Peter Lanz (Nissan Maxima QX) and Chad Wentzel (Sportech BMW 328i).

Class B should produce another close confrontation between works Castrol Toyota Corolla RSi driver Charl Wilken and Team Total Honda Ballade V-TEC pilot Curt Alchin, with a mere three points separating them in the championship. Wilken will be supported by Castrol Toyota Corolla RSi teammate Mark Cronje', with Alchin's efforts backed by those of fellow Team Total Honda Ballade V-TEC drivers Gavin Cronje and Clinton Weston. Others to watch in the class will be Mario da Sousa (AV Company Toyota Corolla RSi) and Brian Martin, in a similar, Havoline-sponsored car.

Judging by the previous two races of the season, the Class C contingent should provide explosive action between points leader Bert Grogor (Fairdeal Midas Opel Kadett 180i), Phillip Booysen (Maxi-Flex Honda Ballade 180i) and Lawrence Boshoff (Vebody Honda Ballade 180i). Others likely to join in the body-crunching action will be Douglas Reekie (Ray-Ban Honda Ballade) plus Hector North and Lee Phillips in similar cars.

Deltaparts Opel Corsa 160 GSi drivers Stephen Taylor and Leeroy Poulter can not afford to be beaten in Class D, since that would jeopardise their overall Midas Production Car Championship aspirations. They will face tough opposition, led by Phillip Kekana (Sasol Toyota Tazz 160) plus Ford Fiesta RSi drivers Etienne du Toit and Fanie de Bruin, racing under the respective Murray & Roberts and Makita banners. Others to watch in the class will be Nyameka Williams (Petronas Opel Corsa 160 GSi), Jaco Correia (Honda Ballade 160i) and Dawie de Villiers (Daihatsu Sirion).

Overall Midas Championship leader Cor Kraamwinkel needs a full Class E points haul with his Goldi Chicken Opel Kadett 140iS. To achieve that, he will have to beat James Menin (Goldco Midas Opel Corsa 140i), Dave Compton (Toyota Tazz) plus the VW CitiGolf entries of rapid newcomer Roby Beninca and Angus Thompson.

Regular point-scorers in the class include Nico de Waal (Opel Corsa 140i), Craig Nicholson (Champion Toyota Tazz) and Grant Sheehan (Shalom Opel Kadett 140i). An interesting newcomer will be former single-seater champion Dawie Brough, making his Midas Production Car debut in a VW CitiGolf.

-MPC-

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Series General
Drivers Gavin Cronje , Leeroy Poulter
Teams Williams