Vodacom Roadshow AA Kylamai July 21st preview

The July 21 meeting will feature a full programme for five national championship categories with the Wesbank V8, Midas Production Car, Engen VW Cup, Sasol Formula Ford and Dark Dog Superbike brigades all in action. The mix of standard and modified...

The July 21 meeting will feature a full programme for five national championship categories with the Wesbank V8, Midas Production Car, Engen VW Cup, Sasol Formula Ford and Dark Dog Superbike brigades all in action. The mix of standard and modified saloon cars, singleseaters and motorcycles is an enticing one, with the event sure to provide for plenty of action.

Proceedings get underway on Thursday, July 19 with official practice for Wesbank V8 and Dark Dog Superbike competitors from 12h00. There will be official practice for all categories from 07h00 on Friday, July 20 with timed qualifying sessions for Midas Production Cars, Engen VW Cup and Wesbank V8s.

On July 21 there will be warm-up sessions and qualifying for the Dark Dog Superbike and Formula Ford categories from 07h30. The first race is scheduled to start at 10h15.

Gate entry to AA Kyalami is R30 per adult with children under 12 free. Booking is available at Computicket outlets.

SUPERVAN BACK IN FRONT IN WESBANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Veteran Sarel van der Merwe (Sasol Ford Mustang) finds himself back at the top of the Wesbank V8 series.

Ben Morgenrood's unhappy outing in the Hillbank Ford Mustang at Phakisa saw old rival van der Merwe slip back into the lead - and build up a 13-point cushion. Two other veterans, Willie Hepburn (Chev Camaro) and Larry Wilford (Fuchs Ford Mustang) are third and fourth in the championship, but the old timers will be looking over their shoulders at the rapid progress young Capetonian Johan Fourie has made up the points ladder.

Fourie (M and D Ford Mustang) joined the Wesbank brigade at Zwartkops, and has promptly reeled off four wins in a row. His rapid rise has lifted him into fifth in the championship, only two points behind Wilford, and van der Merwe and company will be wondering how they can halt Fourie's progress.

On top of that the two Petronas Opel Astras driven by Shaun Watson-Smith and Deon Joubert, are now on the pace and threatening the frontrunners. Hennie Groenewald, in another Chev Camaro, has also been making steady progress, and is another candidate for podium places.

It is against this backdrop that what are likely to be two highly interesting heats will be fought out. The old guard will be under intense pressure from the young lions, and will need to call on all their experience and guile to halt the challenge from the upstarts. <pre> Provisional championship positions: 1 S van der Merwe 133; 2 B Morgenrood 119; 3 W Hepburn 107; 4 L Wilford 82; 5 J Fourie 80. </pre> KRAAMWINKEL LEADS MIDAS PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Pretoria driver Cor Kraamwinkel (Goldi Chicken Opel Kadett) is a somewhat unfamiliar name at the top of the overall standings in the Midas Production Car Championship.

Kraamwinkel, who also leads the Class E title race, has an 11-point advantage over experienced Shaun van der Linde (Van der Linder Racing BMW) with a terrific battle brewing behind them. Only two points separate Stephen Taylor, Curt Alchin, Charl Wilken and Leeroy Poulter, and every point is now critical for those in contention in the overall and class championships.

In Class A van der Linde is well clear of team-mate Mike Briggs, who misses the July 21 event through overseas commitments, and reigning champion Regardt Roets in the Kaye Eddie BMW. Roets and Gavin Kelsey, in the second Kaye Eddie BMW, will give van der Linde a hard time, but watch out for Capetonian Steve Wyndham (Ford Credit Fairmont) who is over due for a win.

Team Castrol Toyota's successful appeal against decisions by the clerk of the course and stewards of the meeting, which forced them to withdraw from rounds five and six, has put Wilken back in the Class B championship picture. With points from rounds five and six declared null and void Wilken (Team Castrol Toyota Corolla) is now only six points adrift of Alchin in the Team Total AMG Honda Ballade.

Randburg youngster Bert Grogor (Opel Kadett) has a slender seven point lead over Doug Reekie (Honda Ballade) in Class C, but it is Class D that could provide for fireworks. A double win in East London last time out has suddenly put Philip Kekana (Sasol Dual Fuel Toyota Tazz), within striking distance of Deltaparts Opel Kadett pair Stephen Taylor and Leeroy Poulter.

Kraamwinkel is running away with the Class E championship. The job ahead of nearest challengers James Menin (Opel Corsa) and Dave Compton (Toyota Tazz) is to try and stop Kraamwinkel from increasing an already formidable gap. <pre> Provisional points:

Overall: 1 C Kraamwinkel 62; 2 S van der Linde 51; 3 S Taylor 46, 4 C Alchin and C Wilken (45); 5 L Poulter 44. Class A: 1 S van der Linde 71; 2 R Roets and M Briggs 30; 3 G Kelsey 29. Class B: 1 C Alchin 45; 2 C Wilken 39; 3 G Cronje 34. Class C: 1 B Grogor 50; 2 D Reekie 43; 3 P Booysen 36. Class D: 1 S Taylor 66; 2 L Poulter 56; 3 P Kekana 40. Class E: 1 C Kraamwinkel 77; 2 J Menin 53; 4 D Compton 41. </pre> NATHAN DEFENDS HANDY LEAD IN ENGEN VW CUP

Midrand driver Graeme Nathan goes into the July 21 meeting defending a healthy 26 point lead over former champion Derrick Irving in the Engen Volkswagen Cup.

Consistency has kept Nathan (Ciro VW Polo) at the top of the pile, but in recent meetings he has made life a little difficult for himself. Last time out at Phakisa the Midrand man had to twice battle through the field to secure podium finishes.

For Irving (National Auto Glass VW Polo) and the others doing the chasing - and just four points separate Graeme Donker, Tschops Sipuka, Stanley Thompson and two-time champion Marthinus Briers - time is running out. They cannot afford to let Nathan increase the gap, something that would make him hard to catch over the remainder of the season.

South Africa's only one marque series has produced some really close racing in recent seasons and, despite Nathan's championship lead, nothing has changed this season. With the chasing pack after Nathan's scalp, the July 21 meeting could produce some slam bang racing. <pre> Provisional points: 1 G Nathan 135; 2 D Irving 109; 3 G Donker 95; 4 T Sipuka 94; 5 S Thompson 92. </pre> DU TOIT SITTING PRETTY IN SASOL FORMULA FORD SERIES

The Sasol Formula Ford brigade go into the July 21 outing against the backdrop of a mooted amalgamation with the national non-championship Formula GTi category.

That may or may not be down the road, but at the moment Pretoria driver Jonathan du Toit (Psion Van Diemen) is sitting pretty with a more than handy 23 point lead over Brett Mayberry in the Investment Cars Mygale. For his part Mayberry is under severe pressure from experienced Morne Jurgens (Jurgens Truck Hire Mygale) with the pair in a position where they now have to start making inroads into du Toit's lead.

That sets up an interesting situation in the Zetec class, with other drivers capable of upsetting the applecart. Dawie Brough (Van Diemen), Chris Hart (Van Diemen) and Morne Petersen (Swift) fall into this category, and there should be some close and very competitive racing up front.

In the Kent class a pair of veterans currently rule the roost. Andy Brown (Royale) holds and eight point lead over Brian Greyling (Van Diemen) and the pair should be at each others throats in both heats. <pre> Provisional points: 1 J du Toit 63; 2 B Mayberry 40; 3 M Jurgens 37. </pre> IN FORM ISAACS THE ONE TO BEAT IN DARK DOG SUPERBIKE SHOOTOUT

In form Lance Isaacs (Vodacom Nashua Yamaha) with three wins from his last four starts, is suddenly the man to beat in the Dark Dog Superbike championship.

The Cape youngster's form has rocketed him into third place in the championship behind Greg Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Honda) and 12 time SA motorcycle champion Russell Wood on another of three Vodacom Nashua Yamaha entries. Only 23 points now separate the trio with the Dark Dog brigade set to produce two more heats of breathtakingly close competition.

So far this season Dreyer has been Mr. Consistency, a feature lacking in previous seasons, and it is reflected in his championship position. Arch rival Wood, however, is never more dangerous than when his back is to the wall, and he needs to recover from a disappointing outing in East London.

As usual, however, there are any one of half a dozen riders who could win. Robbie Petersen (Autopage Cellular Honda) has yet to produce his best form, Arushen Moodley (Vodacom Nashua Yamaha) is probably the most improved rider in the series, and Trevor Crookes (Ducati SA) has been threatening a win in recent outings.

Add to that mix Graeme van Breda (Longbeach Mobil racing Suzuki), Zimbabwean Shaun Whyte (Suzuki) and Brad Anassis (Anassis Ducati Racing) and you have the recipe for the unexpected. A couple of privateers, notably Noel Haarhoff (Suzuki), are also capable of being in among the works or semi factory riders. <pre> Provisional points: 1 G Dreyer126; 2 R Wood 116; 3 L Isaacs 103; 4 R Petersen 85; 5 A Moodley 75.

-VR-

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