Race produces surprise results
THIS year’s Extreme Festival Motorsport tour performed in front of a large crowd at the East London Grand Prix circuit at the weekend, with the main races producing surprising results.
The circuit, South Africa’s fastest, suited the four-cylinder, turbocharged national production cars down to the tarmac.
Genuine Parts Volkswagen Golf GTI driver Charl Smalberger took the first pole position of his career, sharing the front row of the grid with Simon Moss (Engen Xtreme Audi S4).
The two fought for the lead in Saturday’s opening race, until a broken wheel caused Moss’s Audi to slide off the road, hook up and roll, exiting the East London circuit’s complex.
Two laps later, Smalberger put a wheel on the grass in Rifle Range Sweep, the fastest point on the track. The Golf turned sideways at some 220km/h, slid across the road and rolled violently.
Smalberger escaped with bruises and a severe headache.
A lap later, the Engen Xtreme Audi S4 of Michael Stephen blew its engine.
That left Graeme Nathan (Genuine Parts VW Golf GTI) to win, leading home Hennie Groenewald (Sasol Audi S4), Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol Audi S4) and Michael van Rooyen (Williams Hunt Chevrolet Cruze).
Both the Engen Xtreme Audis were fixed, and took their places on the grid for race two.
This time Michael van Rooyen led throughout to win, followed by Graeme Nathan, Simon Moss, Michael Stephen and Gennaro Bonafede.
Nathan took another victory in the final race, chased by Hennie Groenewald, Michael Stephen, Simon Moss and Michael van Rooyen.
BMW 330i driver Simon Thesen, Owen Bridger in the Honda Civic Type R and Ian Riddle BMW filled the first race podium for older model cars.
Bridger won the second time out, ahead of Thesen and Riddle, while Thesen took the day’s final victory from Riddle and Marais Ellis (BMW 330i).
The East London circuit’s long main straight favours big-engined cars, and all three the G&H Transport Extreme Supercar races were won by Charl Arangies in his Stradale Lamborghini Trofeo.
On all three occasions he was followed home by Craig Jarvis (Panacea Dodge Viper) and Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari 430).