Vodacom Roadshow Aldo Scribante preview

A trio of champions elect will be looking for profitable returns when the Vodacom Roadshow moves to the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on October 13. Sarel van der Merwe, Jonathan du Toit and Greg Dreyer will all arrive at Aldo...

A trio of champions elect will be looking for profitable returns when the Vodacom Roadshow moves to the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on October 13.

Sarel van der Merwe, Jonathan du Toit and Greg Dreyer will all arrive at Aldo Scribante with healthy championship leads in the Wesbank V8 Championship, the Sasol Formula Ford Championship and the Dark Dog Superbike Championship. Good performances from the trio will either wrap up championships, or go a long way towards getting the job done, and for closest challenges it is pretty much the last throw of the dice.

The Wesbank, Formula Ford and Dark Dog brigades are all national championship categories, and share the Aldo Scribante stage with Eastern Cape and Border regional saloons and motorcycles, and Porsche and Lotus Challenge events. It is a varied and interesting mix, and one that should provide Eastern Cape enthusiasts with plenty of close and competitive racing.

Another saloon car championship– only his third in an illustrious career– will add another chapter to the van der Merwe legend. Now very much on the wrong side of 50, Supervan has probably not done as much winning this year, as he would have liked. But consistency– in a Sasol Ford Mustang that is decidedly long in the tooth– has kept van der Merwe at the top of the championship leader board for most of the season.

Supervan takes to Scribante a 28-point lead over old rival Ben Morgenrood (Auto Trader Ford Mustang), who is the only driver with a chance of hauling in van der Merwe who, now Paarl based, will be returning to an old stamping ground. Van der Merwe will be looking no further than good finishes to consolidate his championship position.

“ Wins would be nice, but points in the bag is what now counts,” said van der Merwe. Old rivals like Morgenrood and Larry Wilford (Fuchs Mustang) will be in the hunt, but young lions like Johan Fourie (M and D Ford Mustang), Hennie Groenewald (Chev Camaro) and the Petronas Opel pair of Shaun Watson-Smith and Deon Joubert are the major dangers.

The Opel squad, in particular, would love nothing more than wins on home turf. The team has made huge strides throughout the season, and will start as popular hometown favourites.

On the Sasol Formula Ford scene du Toit (Zwartkops Van Diemen) is 31 points clear of Brett Mayberry (Investment Cars Mygale) with four races to be run. A pair of wins in Port Elizabeth will wrap up matters for du Toit, but he won’t have matters all his own way.

Mayberry won last time out at Scribante, and is just two points clear of experienced Morne Jurgens (Jurgens Truck Hire Mygale) who is likely to be running an up rated chassis. The trio, however, could be upstaged by 1990 champion Claudio Piazza-Musso.

Also a multiple kart champion, Piazza-Musso will be having a rare outing in Warren Campbell’s Van Diemen. With the likes of van der Merwe still demonstrating there is no substitute for class, Piazza-Musso has it in him to upstage du Toit and company.

A win and a second at Phakisa recently has virtually put Greg Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Honda) out of reach in the Dark Dog Superbike stakes. The wheels have fallen off in recent outings for Russell Wood and his Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team-mates Lance Isaacs and Arushen Moodley.

Dreyer and team-mate Robbie Petersen, now second in the championship, are very much the pair to beat with Trevor Crookes (UUNet Ducati) finally picking up the win at Phakisa he has so richly deserved. Wood returns to a circuit where a big accident last year scuppered his championship hopes, but the 12 time SA champion and his team-mates will be keen to hit back with a late season flurry.

The bike brigade never fail to produce the goods, and the Scribante layout is one which promotes good racing from the two-wheel brigade. Dreyer currently holds all the aces, but he will be under pressure from Petersen, Crookes and the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha trio.

Racing is scheduled to get underway at 10h30.

-VR/CR-

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Series General
Drivers Shaun Watson-Smith , Sarel van der Merwe , Hennie Groenewald