The rejuvenated Inland Championship Roadshow will head to the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom on 2 April for the second round of the 2016 season.
If the first round of the year is anything to go by the Phakisa event is expected to produce even more action and excitement.
The Big Boss Auto Super Saloon category will certainly be one of the highlights of the day with the V8 rolling thunder of the GTA class a firm favourite with the crowds. The old guard was certainly given a big surprise by the new generation of youngsters who have joined the class. Seef Fourie Junior (Chev Lumina) and Amos Cockerham Junior (Chev Corvette) kept the seasoned campaigners like multiple champions Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang) and Franco Di Matteo (Jaguar) on their toes.
The return of Mackie Adlem (Jaguar) and Terry Wilford (Ford Falcon) to the field also added to the spectacle. Of great interest at this round will be the addition of Devin Robertson (Chev Corvette) who is expected to cause a few upsets himself. Jody Vianna (Mazda RX8) should head up the GT3 field at his home circuit with Adrian Dalton (VW Golf) a likely contender in GT4. Jimmy Tsimenglou (BMW M3) will once again challenge for the GT5 honours.
The Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series will once again bring their one make formula back to the Inland Championship. With four different classes making up the category, the action is expected to be fast and furious.
Julian Fameliaris (E36 328i Turbo) will be the man to beat in class A, but can expect some tough opposition from Darren Winterboer (F30 335i Turbo) who is set to make his first appearance of the year. Class B should also prove interesting as Riaan Woest (E46 M3 GTR) and Rick Loureiro (E30 3.2 CSL) are expected to head up a talented pack of drivers. Class C will see the likes of Shane Grobler (E36 328i) and Mish-al Sing (E30 325is) fighting for top honours, while Craig Ball (E36 328i) will be looking to dominate the class D field ahead of drivers like Bevan Meyer (E36 325i) and Troy Cochran (E46 325ti).
The INEX Legends Championship is expected to once again produce its unique brand of action packed racing. Divan Myburgh (Pro) has set the early pace for the season but will no doubt be challenged by Seef Fourie (Pro), Anro Stadler (Pro) and Keagan Wessels (Pro). Strong opposition can be expected from the drivers in the other classes as well with Justin Robertson (Master), Lonika Maartens (Semi-Pro) and Clinton Bezuidenhout (Young Lion) all capable of taking a podium finish. With a field of up to twenty drivers all fighting for the same piece of tarmac the action promises to be closer than ever.
The Yokohama Modified Production Cars should see some more close racing in their annual endurance race with Dirk Lawrence (Honda Ballade) and team mate Jeff Langeveldt (Honda CRX) fighting for class A honours. Adrian Dalton (VW Golf) will be determined to dominate Class B once again, while Kalyn Miller (Ford Icon) will be looking to show the men the way around the circuit in Class C as well. The rejuvenated SRA class will once again see Fritz Kleynhans (Shelby) and Mario Nardini (Nardini SP308) fighting for honours.
The Midvaal Historics and Trofeo Challenge continue to grow in both strength and numbers. Shawn Smidt (Datsun 160Y) has set the early pace, but Brendan Parker (Datsun GX Coupe) and Trofeo Challenger Warren Ewart (Alfa GTV 6) could also pose a threat on the longer Phakisa circuit. With no less than a dozen other drivers in the field this Historic racing group should add their own unique flavour to the Inland Championship.
Single seater fans will see a wide variety of open wheel cars in the Formula Monoposto series. Consisting of the Formula Libre and Formula M classes, the category should deliver a healthy field of entries, providing for some exciting wheel to wheel racing. The Silver Cup brigade will also hope to boost their numbers after the first event of the year. The 250 Superkarts could very well be the fastest category on the day with speeds well over 240 km/h! The speed and handling of these feisty pocket rockets will have to be seen to be believed.
The Free State crowds will discover what ‘Real People, Real Racing’ is all about.
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