Zwartkops finale preview

Midas Championship Issues To Be Settled At Zwartkops The remaining Midas Production Car Championship issues to be settled will be taken care of at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at Zwartkops on Saturday, 10 November. The finishing touches will...

Midas Championship Issues To Be Settled At Zwartkops

The remaining Midas Production Car Championship issues to be settled will be taken care of at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at Zwartkops on Saturday, 10 November.

The finishing touches will also be put to the Vodacom Sports Prototype championship. The Midas and Vodacom brigades top the bill at the Zwartkops outing with the rest of the programme made up of regional events covering a variety of categories.

Three of the five Midas categories - Class A, Class B and Class E - have already been decided with Shaun van der Linde (Van der Linde Racing BMW), Curt Alchin (Total AMG Honda Ballade) and Cor Kraamwinkel (Goldi Chickens Opel Kadett) respectively the 2001 champions. That leaves the overall championship and Classes C and D to be decided at Zwartkops, with van der Linde and Kraamwinkel the two who will be fighting it out for overall honours.

Of the two van der Linde, a former Touring Car Champion, is by far the most experienced. The Randburg driver also has the advantage of an 11 point cushion over the Pretoria driver, and the smart money will be on van der Linde to do just enough to add to the silverware of the van der Linde family - with father Hennie and brother Etienne also multiple SA champions - has gathered in over the years.

With Alchin home and dry in Class B, the Class C fight is a three-way battle. Just 13 points separate Bert Grogor (Opel Corsa) and Cape Town pair Lawrence Boshoff and Phil Booysen, both in Honda Ballades, and that sets up an interesting scenario.

Only 11 points separate the two title contenders in Class D, and with little love lost between the pair, this is another battle that has potential. Leeroy Poulter has the edge of Delta Parts Opel Corsa team-mate Stephen Taylor, and the pair will have their eyes on Ford Fiesta pair Fanie de Bruin and Etienne du Toit.

Kraamwinkel has had his ups and downs in the last couple of meetings, and this has left him with a mountain to climb in terms of the overall championship. The Class E title may be in the bag, but he needs a double on the day to stand a chance of upstaging van der Linde.

The Zwartkops outing also gives George Ferreira the opportunity to put the finishing touches to the Vodacom Sports Prototype series. The Germiston driver takes a healthy points lead to the Pretoria West circuit, with his cause helped by the failure of closest challenger Alan Eve to exert any pressure at last weekend's two hour endurance race at AA Kyalami.

Eve was an early casualty at AA Kyalami, and that has opened the door for Ferreira to wrap up matters at Zwartkops. Ferreira and Miguel Rocha were 12th in the AA Kyalami outing, but the points gathered in at the Midrand GP circuit give Ferreira the breathing space he needed, and he can afford to adopt a conservative approach.

AA Kyalami winner Clive Kennerley has put himself in a position where he can throw the book at Eve in the battle for the runners-up slot, and there will be plenty of end of season battles throughout the field. The Vodacom series has produced some good racing throughout the season, and the Zwartkops outing could see the series finish on a high note.

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Drivers Leeroy Poulter