Zwartkops Raceway

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Photographs from the Extreme Festival event held at Zwartkops Raceway on 9 August 2014.
Thunderbikes - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Pits People and Incidents - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Prize Giving - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

G and H Transport Extreme SuperCars - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Brunch Run Challenge - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Goldwagen Northern Bolt and Tool SuperHatch - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Hankook Formula Vee - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

Speed and Sound 111 Sports and Saloons - 2014-08-09

Series: Extreme Festival - 2014
Place: Zwartkops Raceway
Date: 9 August 2014

BMW CCG Club Racing Series - 2014-08-09

Series: BMW CCG Racing Series - 2014
Place: Zwartkops
Date: 9 August 2014

Pits People and Incidents - 2014-08-09

Series: BMW CCG Racing Series - 2014
Place: Zwartkops
Date: 9 August 2014

The fourth round of the 2014 BMW CCG Club Racing Series saw this popular racing formula return to a cold and windy Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday 9 August, this time joining the popular Extreme Festival Roadshow. An impressive thirty seven car field turned out in force, which included a number of new and old faces. Once again the fast paced action on the track certainly heated things up. BMW Car Club Gauteng
True to form Kris Budnik (E46 M3 GT) promptly put his car on pole position ahead of Lee Thompson (E46 M3 Ti GTR) and the rest of the field. Carlo Garbini (E46 M3) claimed the top spot in class B with Dino Fameliaris (E36 M3) claiming pole position in class C. Daniel Koekemoer (E36 M3) put in a great effort to put his car on the front row in class D.

Race 1

Thompson impressed in Thouca Mechanicos’ car...

Thompson impressed in Thouca Mechanicos’ car…

The rolling start for the first race saw the impressive field charge across the start line in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes. Invitational driver Mike McLoughlin (Backdraft Roadster) blasted through from the second row of the grid to grab the lead with an impressive move around the outside of turn one! Unfortunately he was found to have jumped the start and was given a 30 second penalty. He was closely followed by Thompson, Budnik and the rest of the determined field.
Duane Galloway (Nissan Skyline R32) ruined his chances when he ran wide through turn four on the second lap. A determined Budnik grabbed second position on the same lap and set about chasing the race leader.
With the leading trio off into the distance, the battle behind them was closer than ever. Ricky Giannoccaro (E46 M3 GTR) had his hands full keeping Kishoor Pitamber (E90 i) and Garbini at bay. Jonathan Araujo (E36 328i Turbo) was being kept honest by Brian Penney (Nissan 350Z) and a low flying Fameliaris. Gianni Giannoccaro (E46 M3 CSL GTR) was unfortunate to retire to the pits with gearbox gremlins on lap four. Araujo also saw his challenge end three laps later when he slowed with turbo issues.
Fameliaris did some low flying to claim the class C victory in both heats

Fameliaris did some low flying to claim the class C victory in both heats…

The battle at the front of the field looked to be sewn up, but McLoughlin made an uncharacteristic mistake and spun out after locking up the brakes heading into turn eight on the penultimate lap of the race. Budnik managed to keep Thompson at bay to claim the Overall and class A victory, while Pitamber crossed the line to take a respectable third position. Ricky Giannoccaro took the class B honours ahead of Garbini and a motivated Penney, driving in honour of his son Dale who is recovering from major brain surgery.
Fameliaris picked up where he left off at the previous event as he claimed a narrow victory in class C ahead of Desmond Bloem (E36 325i) and Warren Dodd (E36 325i). The class D brat pack saw some really close and competitive racing once again with Mike Wentzel (2002 Turbo) repeating his impressive performance from the previous event to claim the top honours. Mike Salt (E36 323i) took a well placed second position with Shane Grobler (E36 328i) taking a comfortable third.

Race 1 Class Results

Class A

Class B

  1. Kris Budnik – Best lap: 1:05.072
  2. Lee Thompson – Best lap: 1:06.765
  3. Kishoor Pitamber – Best lap: 1:08.608
  1. Ricky Giannoccaro – Best lap: 1:08.042
  2. Carlo Garbini – Best lap: 1:08.494
  3. Brian Penney – Best lap: 1:10.775

Class C

Class D

  1. Dino Fameliaris – Best lap: 1:11.135
  2. Desmond Bloem – Best lap: 1:10.925
  3. Warren Dodd – Best lap: 1:11.255
  1. Mike Wentzel – Best lap: 1:15.070
  2. Mike Salt – Best lap: 1:14.806
  3. Shane Grobler – Best lap: 1:14.5823

Race 2

Giannoccaro drove brilliantly to win the second race...

Giannoccaro drove brilliantly to win the second race…

A reverse grid for the second heat would certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons. The large field stormed through the first few corners and it was Gianni Giannoccaro who emerged in the lead through turn three with Thompson, Pitamber and the two Backdraft Cobra’s of Tony Martin and McLoughlin in tow. The experienced Martin saw his chances come to nought though when he spun out in turn two on the third lap. Penney slowed on the very same lap with an intermittent misfire putting paid to his chances of another good result.

Budnik was on the comeback trail and slotted into fourth position behind the leading trio by lap four. Fifth placed Pitamber had his hands full as Garbini, Fameliaris, Mike Grobler (E90 330i) and Justin Robertson (E36 328i) were all fighting for the same piece of tarmac. After a lacklustre first race Manny Ribeiro (E36 328i Turbo) was scything his way through the field and soon joined the party, relegating both Grobler and Robertson to ninth and tenth positions respectively. He then shot past Fameliaris on the sixth lap to claim seventh and was gifted sixth position two laps later when Pitamber retired with mechanical gremlins.

The battle at the sharp end of the field was closer than ever with Giannoccaro having the race of his life as he held the experienced Thompson behind him. Budnik finally got past McLoughlin on the penultimate lap and tried in vain to reel in the leaders.
When the chequered flag dropped it was Giannoccaro who claimed a well deserved Overall and class A victory ahead of Thompson, with Budnik having to be content with third position. Garbini didn’t put a foot wrong and cruised home to take a comfortable class B victory ahead of Ribeiro. A tight class C battle saw Fameliaris take the double as Robertson was chased all the way to the line by a determined Lee Jones (E39 M5). Wentzel showed the rest of the class D field that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks as he took yet another victory in his historic racer. Johan Dreyer (E46 330i) claimed second position, with young karter Jordan Sherratt (Mini Cooper S) taking an impressive third in his first main circuit tin top event.
Sherrat’s transition from karting to tin tops was impressive

Sherrat’s transition from karting to tin tops was impressive…

Race 2 Class Results

Class A

Class B

  1. Gianni Giannoccaro – Best lap: 1:06.019
  2. Lee Thompson – Best lap: 1:06.609
  3. Kris Budnik – Best Lap: 1:05.499
  1. Carlo Garbini – Best lap: 1:08.512
  2. Manny Ribeiro – Best lap: 1:09.012

Class C

Class D

  1. Dino Fameliaris – Best lap: 1:11.313
  2. Justin Robertson – Best lap: 1:11.604
  3. Lee Jones – Best lap: 1:11.345
  1. Mike Wentzel – Best lap: 1:14.526
  2. Johan Dreyer – Best Lap: 1:14.583
  3. Jordan Sherratt – Best lap: 1:14.643
The Backdraft Cobra squad found the going tough

The Backdraft Cobra squad found the going tough…

Race Report by Greg Reilly.

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