Vodacom Roadshow AA Kyalami November 3rd preview

Interlopers" Add Interest To Vodacom Roadshow Meeting Some interesting "interlopers" will add a little spice to the Vodacom Roadshow outing at AA Kyalami on Saturday 3 November. On a day when motorsport enthusiasts will be admitted free of ...

Interlopers" Add Interest To Vodacom Roadshow Meeting

Some interesting "interlopers" will add a little spice to the Vodacom Roadshow outing at AA Kyalami on Saturday 3 November.

On a day when motorsport enthusiasts will be admitted free of charge to the circuit, a programme of sports cars, singleseater and kart racing should provide for plenty of entertainment. The meeting features Vodacom Sports Prototypes, Vodacom Isondo 2000, Formula GTi and Formula Vee and the ultra quick Superkarts.

The "interlopers" will show their faces in the Vodacom Sports Prototype outing, a two hour enduro, with a couple of Porsche entries lining up against the Canam Dodge Shelbys that dominate the category. Veteran Toby Venter will be out in a Porsche 911 GT2, with Francois and Ruan Pretorius sharing a Porsche 911 GT3.

The performance of the Porsches will be watched with a great deal of interest. One or two interesting driver combinations, however, also add a little spice to proceedings.

Championship leader George Ferreira will be paired with Miguel Rocha, with closest challenger Alan Eve linking up with promising young development driver Gugu Zulu. The talented Zulu has progressed through the Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000 ranks, and this season has campaigned mainly in the Wesbank V8 Championship where he partners Sarel van der Merwe in the Sasol Ford squad.

Eve trails Ferreira by 25 points in the championship with a good scrap for third and fourth also going on between Neil Lobb and Clive Kennerley. Lobb, who is paired with Garth Waberski, leads Kennerley by 12 points.

Other drivers in with a chance on Saturday include Francois Gerber, Donovan Roscoe, who is fifth in the championship, veteran Bernard Tilanus who is paired with Mike Fergusson and the Steve Desilla/Richard Sorensen combination.

On the Formula GTi front Midrand youngster Dale Knez has a narrow nine point lead over veteran Barry Ingle. The big opposition for the pair will come from third placed Marco da Cunha and brother Paolo.

After a terrific battle throughout the season, the pressure is now off new Formula Vee champion Lee Thompson. The Pretoria driver can now sit back and watch Darren Murphy, Trevor Smith and Welkom veteran Dennis Johns fight it out for the minor placings.

A strong finish to the season has lifted Murphy, from Port Elizabeth, into second place. He leads Smith by just five points with Johns another nine points in arrears.

While Thompson would like to end the season with a flourish, he will face stiff opposition from the likes of Johns, Trevor Smith and Eastern Province driver Darren Murphy. A win in Cape Town will have left Murphy wanting more of the same and, as usual, the Formula Vee contingent can be expected to put on a good show.

The Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000 title has already been wrapped up by Chad Francis, but there are still good battles raging for the minor placings. Gugu Zulu, who has concentrated mainly on his Wesbank V8 Championship campaign this season, is 13 points clear of Riyad Jaffer.

Young Jaffer, however, is just one point clear of Simon Mosely. The situation sets up some interesting possibilities, and should provide for some entertaining racing.

The 250 Superkarts are still among the fastest race vehicles around AA Kyalami - with lap times matching the Wesbank V8 brigade. Saturday's race will be a non championship outing but, if the current points standings are anything to go by, the fur should fly.

Fabio Tafani is just one point clear of Vernon Pappas. Gary Gribben is only nine points behind Pappas with a family feud going on in fourth and fifth place where Tony Farah leads Greg Farah by a single point.

-VR-

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