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Cape Town – Proudly supported by the ROSE Foundation, the Rolling Thunder that is the V8 Supercar series will be burning rubber in Cape Town on the weekend of 29 March. Joining them as part of the Sports and GT class will be the speedy Shelby Can-Am Sports Cars. The first round of the season at Zwartkops proved frustrating, with a number of safety car laps in heat one, and slippery, wet conditions in heat two. The drivers are looking forward to some fast, competitive racing and appreciative crowds at Killarney.
Photo by: Tony Alves
Ben Morgenrood (Indy Oil / GUD Mustang), the reigning V8 Champion, leads the V8 Championship after round one, ahead of Franco di Matteo in the immaculate Varta Batteries Jaguar, with each driver bagging a win at Zwartkops. Young guns Mackie Adlem (Jaguar) and Terry Wilford (Hot Wheels / Motul Mustang) were both in great form at Zwartkops, with Mackie snatching the first pole position of the year.
However, old foxes in the form of Larry Wilford (Hot Wheels / Motul Corvette) and Willie Hepburn (Corvette) will be in the thick of the action, as will Randfontein raider Steve Smith (Coolcat Mustang), Romano Sartori (AMC Mustang) and Steve Herbst (Prei Instrumentation Corvette). Rising star, 17 year old Jody van Zummeren (Border Towing Corvette), will also be back for the first time this year and hunting for points.
Current Shelby Can-Am Championship leader Alan Eve (Pilot) will be on the grid to do battle with Thomas Reib (Q-Nomy / Coolstar), and Andrew Strike(Strike 1 Racing), who both have Championship points in the bag from Zwartkops. Alister Brown (NAC Helicopters), Doug MacDonald (Fantastic Racing) and Fritz Kleynhans (Comenius) will be equally determined to score their first points of the season.
The V8 Supercars are still the fastest saloon cars in the country, and with the Shelby Can-Am sports cars keeping the V8s honest, all the drivers are sure to be pushing their limits. The fast and flowing Killarney circuit is well suited to the Sports and GT cars, so exciting action and some bold overtaking manoeuvres can be expected.
*The ROSE Foundation is a non-profit organisation that manages the environmentally acceptable collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil in South Africa. Recycling Oil Saves the Environment.