South Africa’s fastest racing cars are set to tackle the country’s fastest racing circuit for rounds five, six and seven of the SA GT National Championship at the historic East London Grand Prix Circuit as part of a two-day Winter Motorsport Festival this weekend.
With four different winners from the opening four races, the only certainty is that the championship leaderboard will change as the current log leader, Dayne Angel, and third placed Michael Stephen will be absent.
With 105 points on offer over the three one-hour races, second-placed Silvio Scribante (Cemza Cement Lamborghini Huracan GT3) is in the pound seats, the quick Port Elizabethan boasting one win and three podiums from the opening four races.
Brother Aldo Scribante (Scribante Concrete Lamborghini Huracan GT3) is ten points behind in fourth position with one win and one podium to his name.
The sibling rivalry is always a highlight of the SA GT championship and with the correct strategy either Scribante could stand on the top step of the podium.
The danger men should be Charl Arangies and Arnold Neveling and their Pagid Racing/Stradale Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3. The Pro-category pairing took a victory and a second place in their first outing in Port Elizabeth in May, so fans can expect fireworks from the Vereeniging-based squad.
Marius Jackson will debut his newly upgraded MJR Motorsport Audi R8 LMS Evo 2, the first such enhancement in Africa. The Evo 2 Audi Motorsport upgrade package includes improved suspension, shock absorbers, an improved computer management system and an uprated aero package as well as an air-conditioner for comfort!
This specification brings the Audi bang up to date with the cars that compete in the various global GT3 series and is the same specification as raced by Kelvin van der Linde in the DTM series.
Marcel Angel, with two fifth place finishes from his one outing, will be behind the wheel of absent son Dayne’s Autohaus Angel Ferrari 458 GT3, looking to take points away from their rivals, with back-up coming from Jason Ibbotson in his normally-aspirated Autohaus Angel Ferrari 458 GT3.
Sun Moodley, having endured a baptism of fire on the debut of his new Bigfoot Express Mercedes-AMG GT3, will be far more comfortable in his car with more mileage under his belt, and will be looking to move up the results sheets.
Rounding out the entry list is Kwanda Mokoena in his Amandla Coal/Into Africa MJR Motorsport run Audi R8 GT4. The 18-year-old is no slouch, having taken pole position for the SA Endurance race in May.
Thursday’s action sees the SA GT cars on track for four free practice sessions ahead of qualifying at 16h00 hours.
The first one-hour race on Friday starts at 14h40; when the racing is over all the Southern African Endurance cars (SA GT and SA Endurance) will be on display with the drivers in attendance. The evening’s entertainment includes a Show and Shine as well as Street to Strip Drag Racing on the main straight. A flea market and food stalls, alongside a kiddies jumping castle area will be in operation until 9pm.
Saturday’s pair of races start at 11h50 and 15h55, with all-day track action to entertain the fans.
Tickets are available at the gate or from the SAES website, www.saeseries.com/shop. Prices are R100 for Friday, (R50 after the racing); Saturday tickets cost R100, while a weekend pass costs R150.