Sunday Racing As Vodacom Roadshow Moves To Aldo Scribante Sunday motor racing goes to the Eastern Cape when the Vodacom Roadshow moves to the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on July 8. And, with four championship categories set to do...
Sunday Racing As Vodacom Roadshow Moves To Aldo Scribante
Sunday motor racing goes to the Eastern Cape when the Vodacom Roadshow moves to the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on July 8.
And, with four championship categories set to do battle, Eastern Cape motorsport fans are in for a treat. Adding to the feast of motorsport for local enthusiasts the VW Rally on July 6 and 7, round five of the national championship, and the Vodacom event will keep rally and circuit fans happy.
Vodacom Sports Prototypes, Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000, Formula GTi and Formula Vee, all Vodacom Roadshow regulars, will be joined at Aldo Scribante by the Sascar brigade. That adds up to a day that will cater for sports car, singleseater and saloon cars enthusiasts, and there is certain to be action aplenty.
With the various championships now into the second half of the season, some tight and interesting battles have developed. This is particularly true of the Formula GTi and Formula Vee battles, and every point is now crucial for title contenders - and this simply adds to the expectation of some thunder and guts racing.
On the Vodacom Sports Prototype front Kempton Park driver George Ferreira is very much the form horse. Ferreira looks to be a good bet for another win, but the likes of Alan Eve, veteran Bernard Tilanus, the Midrand based Kennerley brothers, Clive and James, and Donovan Roscoe provide for plenty of opposition.
The tight Scribante layout should provide for some close and entertaining racing. This adds to the mix, and the door is always open for a surprise result.
The Vodacom Sports 2000 championship looks to have developed into a two horse race between Chad Francis, and talented Gugu Zulu who has turned in some impressive performances in the Wesbank series in the Sasol Ford Mustang. Zulu lost a little ground last time out at AA Kyalami, and will be keen to make up the deficit.
Castrol Toyota development driver Riyad Jaffer, Louis Kupais, Zenzy Mafokoane and Simon Mosley have turned in good performances from time to time but up to now have lacked consistency. Francis and Zulu look to be the pick of the bunch, and the battle between the pair could be entertaining.
The dogfight in the Formula Vee championship continues with only a point or two between Pretoria drivers Lee Thompson and Trevor Smith and Welkom veteran Dennis Johns. Thompson has come on strongly in recent outings, but there are half a dozen or so drivers capable of winning and that makes it interesting.
The championship hopefuls need every point they can muster. That adds up to consistency being a key factor, and there is never a dull moment where the Formula Vee brigade is concerned.
On the Formula GTi front "veteran" Midrand driver Barry Ingle has his hands full with a couple of young upstarts. Ingle's Midrand neighbour Dale Knez scored a double last time out at AA Kyalami, but the da Cunha brothers from Middelburg, Marco and Paolo, are two other young drivers who also pose a threat.
The Sascar event gives Capetonian Johan Fourie another chance to display his considerable talents. In recent weeks Fourie has dominated Wesbank V8 and Sascar outings and, barring mechanical failures and accidents, should continue on his merry way at Scribante.
The Sascar field, although small in numbers, is not lacking in quality. Veterans Deon Joubert, George Fouche and Peter Lindenberg are still hugely capable drivers, and Grant van Schalkwyk and Kosie Swanepoel are no slouches.
Another Capetonian, Jean-Jacque Maree, also shows promise, but Fourie is the dominant force. Another virtuoso performance from the Capetonian can be expected.
With rally and race action over the same weekend, the cup will be filled to overflowing for Eastern Cape enthusiasts.