Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics - Round 4 - Zwartkops - 2016-07-16 - Race Report

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics – Round 4 – Zwartkops – 2016-07-16 – Race Report

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics

The fourth round of the 2016 Inland Championship saw the Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historic categories head to the popular Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday 16 July with the biggest entry of the day. Another impressive entry of no less than thirty entries made for some action packed racing.

Race 1

The strong field of Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics competitors
The strong field of Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics competitors

Pole man Martin Botha (Datsun GX Coupe) took the lead ahead of Jackie Morrison (Ford Escort) and Brendon Parker (Datsun GX Coupe). Mossie Mostert (Datsun GX Coupe) slotted into fourth position with Johan Prins (Datsun 160U) and Reghardt van Zyl (Alfa GTV) hot on his heels.

 

A determined Parker was up to second place before the end of the first lap. John Hendriks (Alfa Sud) was the best of the Trofeo Challenge brigade as he slotted into eighth position. Van Zyl picked up one spot when he passed Prins on lap three.

 

With numerous battles throughout the field there was action aplenty. When the chequered flag came out it was Botha who claimed a comfortable Overall and class E victory over Morrison and Parker. Fourth placed Mostert took the class F honours with eleventh placed Peder Jensen (Datsun 1200) taking class G. Fifth placed van Zyl took the class X win with sixteenth placed Henry Fourie (Alfa Berlina) taking class H. Hendriks held on to take the Trofeo Challenge win in tenth place overall.

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics – Round 3 – 2016-05-07 – Race Report

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics

The third round of the 2016 Inland Championship saw the Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historic categories head to the rustic Midvaal Raceway on Saturday 7 May with their biggest entry of the season heading out for qualifying – thirty two entries in total! Many familiar faces from other forms of Historic racing seem to have joined the ranks – testimony to the success that the Inland Championship continues to enjoy with each passing event.

Race 1

The strong field of Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics competitors
The strong field of Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics competitors

Pole man Colin Ellison (Alfa GT Junior) took an immediate lead ahead of Adrian McCaw (Alfa Alfetta GT 1.8) and Brendon Parker (Datsun GX Coupe). Miguel Ribeiro (Alfa GT Junior) slotted into fourth position with Martin Botha (Datsun GX Coupe) and Jacques Mostert (Datsun GX Coupe) hot on his heels.

 

A determined Parker was up to second position before the end of the first lap. Ribeiro followed his example and grabbed third position a lap later. Botha was enjoying his first appearance in the series and relegated McCaw to fifth position on lap four.

 

There was a bit of drama on the seventh lap of the race when Reghardt van Zyl (Alfa GTV) ended his race in a plume of smoke down the back straight. The battle for the lead was far from over with Parker making a bold move on the last lap of the race to clinch the victory ahead of Ellison and Ribeiro.

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics - Round 1 - Race Report

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics – Round 1 – 2016-03-05 – Race Report

Trofeo Challenge and Midvaal Historics

The Trofeo Challenge (formerly Alfa Trofeo Challenge) and Midvaal Historic categories joined forces at the Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday 5 March for the first round of the renewed and refreshed 2016 Inland Championship. An impressive 26 car field lined up on the grid for the first race of the day.

Race 1

Shawn Smidt (Datsun 160Y) took a demanding lead from the first lap
Shawn Smidt (Datsun 160Y) took a demanding lead from the first lap

Pole man Shawn Smidt (Datsun 160Y) took an immediate lead ahead of Brendon Parker (Datsun GX Coupe) with Jacques Mostert (Datsun GX Coupe) and Peder Jensen (Datsun Sedan). John Hendriks (Alfa Sud), the first of the Trofeo Challenge competitors slotted into fifth position ahead of Shaun Lamprecht (Alfa 33), Anton Vos (Datsun 1200 GX) and Warren Ewart (Alfa GTV6).

Ewart was scything his way through the pack and was up to fourth position by the second lap. Lamprecht’s challenge was cut short when he pulled into the pits on the same lap. Sean Fandam (Fiat 124 Sport Coupe) didn’t last much longer either when he pulled into the pits a lap later as well. Johan van den Heever (Mini 1000) then retired down the back straight on lap four as well.

Smidt was still leading ahead of Parker at the half way stage of the race. Ewart had moved into third position ahead of Mostert with Jensen still trying to stay with them in fifth. Francois Jacobs (Datsun 1200) was playing catch up and passed Hendriks on lap five. Paddy Venske (Toyota Corona) was also on a late charge as he relegated Hendriks by another position to claim eighth position

Smidt held on for a comfortable win ahead of Parker and Ewart.