Crowd-pleasing Historic Race Tour hits Zwartkops Raceway

The Chevy Can Am, like many other cars of its time, will always be a crowd pleaser on any racetrack. They certainly were in this weekend’s race in Pretoria.  

The Historic Race Tour held at Zwartkops Raceway over the past weekend, April 15 and 16, was dominated by the ever-popular Chev Can Am driven by Basil van Rooyen.

Supporting him in yet another Can Am was Rudolf de Vos all the way from Gqeberha.

De Vos swept to a couple of Ben Morgenrood Historic Sprint Race wins followed by André van der Merwe and Richard Pott’s Porsches and another Chevy Can Am visitor from East London, Matthew Gudmanz.

There was drama in race 2 when Gudmanz’s Can Am spilled fluid and spun, causing chaos in the following class C pack, and the race was stopped. De Vos, untroubled by the drama, cantered off to an easy victory after the restart. He was followed by class D winner Jansen van Rensburg, Reg Sutton’s Escort, Gavin Lundin’s Datsun, Fred König in a VW Scirocco and Travis Jensen’s Datsun.

Clubmans race.

Two stunning Marlboro Crane Hire Le Mans Sports & GT races thrilled as Lola T70 pair Mark du Toit’s white Doug Serrurier Spyder tribute and Larry Wilford’s green testament to David Piper’s coupe shared the wins. Peter Bailey’s Porsche 917 was second both times from Van der Merwe’s Porsche 911, James Temple’s Shelby Daytona Coupe, Pott’s Porsche, and Morgenrood’s Trans Am Ford Mustang in race 1.

Morgenrood and his Mustang were back in action to take the opening Marlboro Crane Hire V8 Legends and Saloon Car race from Jaco Krynauw’s Datsun 240Z and monster trio Seef Fourie Jr’s Cougar, Du Toit in a Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, and Paige Lindenberg’s Ford Fairlane.

Matt Nash and his Van Diemen RF81 took both Historic Single Seater races from old rival Andrew Horne in a Royale RP31.

Single seater.

Formula GTi pair Renzo Ribeiro and Bevan Williams took double Formula Monoposto honours from Formula M gang Didier Diedericks, JM Gerber, Herman Krige, Clint Baudoux and Lushen Ramchander’s Super Vee.

The On Track Magazine Clubmen added a little contemporary action as Jagger Robertson’s BMW sped to double victory over Honda duo Lenard Archer and Dirk Lawrence in both races.

The Historic Tour now heads to the Dezzi Raceway on the KZN South Coast for its fifth round on May 6, while Zwartkops gears up for the National Extreme Festival next on May 20.

Source: MotorsportMedia


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