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*********************************************************** Colin Windell <colin.windell@digitec.co.za> CyberRace Inc (c) 1996. All rights reserved ************************************************************ Waberski the one to ...

*********************************************************** Colin Windell <colin.windell@digitec.co.za> CyberRace Inc (c) 1996. All rights reserved ************************************************************

Waberski the one to watch

SOUTH AFRICA: <Colin Windell; CyberRace Inc>: With two wins from two starts in the opening round of the season, the man to watch at Kyalami on March 09 in the second round of the NGK Formula GTi Championship will be young Garth Waberski.

Utilising all the experience he gained in the highly competitive world of British Formula 3 racing Waberski went to Cape Town for the season opener and took his SKF/WAP Swift 92 to the chequer in both heats - on paper making him the favourite for a repeat performance at Kyalami.

However, in both heats in Cape Town he found himself harried at every turn by Stefan Bosman (Genaire Swift 92). Bosman is rapidly emerging as a driver to be reckoned with and could well be in with a chance to pull off a win on the fast Kyalami track.

Formula GTi is that competitive a tiny mistake can cost four or five places and, although a leading position may look settled things can change dramatically in the space of a lap.

Neither Waberski nor Bosman will be unaware of this and both will know Barry Inlge (Acme/Lister Swift 92), Max Corte (Dash Swift 92), Alan Eve (Sharper Image Swift 92), Ron van Weeley (Hyper Construction Swift 92) and Basil Mann (Riker Swift 92) will be right behind them and ready to capitalise on any errors.

Car problems in Cape Town kept Mann out of the hunt but with these now solved the former champion could be up at the front chasing for the lead and his first victory since returning to the sport after a layoff of a few years.

Another driver to watch will be the 1995 Formula Vee Champion Johan Smith who will have his debut outing in Formula GTi aboard the ex- Ettienne van der Linde Ray 92 that won the series last year.

Class B started rather dramatically in Cape Town with pre-season favourite Malcolm Cochrane (FileHire Swift 91) escaping injury after an on-board fire and head-on collision with a retaining wall. He is hoping the car will be rebuilt in time for the Kyalami race.

Meanwhile, Robin da Silva (Independent Paper Supplies Swift 91) and Piet Retief (Swift 91) will be out to prove their respective wins in Cape Town were no fluke. Willie Lombard (Volkspares Ray 89) could be the dark horse of the event.

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