Andre De Kock
Motorsport Editor
3 minute read
15 Nov 2014
10:00 am

What will happen on our circuits next year?

Andre De Kock

A master plan to turn the fortunes of local circuit racing around is being implemented, with the face of the sport set to change dramatically next year.

BEEMERS. The BMW CCG Club Racing series will join in the fun whenever possible. Picture: RacePics

The news came last week, after the final round of this year’s Super Series at the Zwartkops Raceway.

Local administrators Motorsport SA (MSA) announced the cancellation of the stand-alone national series, which has been steadily eroding over the past two seasons.

Instead, four of the series’ racing categories will join the existing Extreme Festival series, which will stretch to 15 rounds to accommmodate all the action.

NO CHANGE. The Engen Volkswagen Cup series will remain unchanged and should continue to provide a ladder of opportunity for talented youngsters. Picture: Dave Ledbitter

NO CHANGE. The Engen Volkswagen Cup series will remain unchanged and should continue to provide a ladder of opportunity for talented youngsters. Picture: Dave Ledbitter

Officially, the Extreme Festival Series will accommodate Bridgestone Production Cars, Engen Volkswagen Cup, SA Single Seaters, Shelby CanAm, G&H Transport Extreme Supercars, Hankook Formula Vee, Red Square Kawasaki Masters, Goldwagen SuperHatches, Thunderbikes, Speed and Sound 111 Sport and Saloon Cars, plus rounds of the BMW CCG Club Racing Series and the Comsol VW Challenge.

Each of the participating categories will tackle eight meetings, or 16 races during the course of the year spread among Kyalami, Zwartkops, Killarney, East London, Aldo Scribante and Phakisa.

At every circuit, one or two of its strongest club racing categories will be invited to showcase its action.

The series will be administrated by the Trans Africa Racing consortium.

TOP BILLING. Bridgestone Production Cars should remain the country's premier racing category during this season of transition. Picture: Dave Ledbitter.

TOP BILLING. Bridgestone Production Cars should remain the country’s premier racing category during this season of transition. Picture: Dave Ledbitter.

‘It is simply not viable to try to run race meetings with fewer than 70 competitors,” said Peter du Toit of TAR.

“Doing that short-changes spectators, while at the same time costing the organisers far too much – costs that inevitably end up at the door of the competitors.

“The Extreme Festival Series has strength in numbers and generally attracts healthy spectator numbers – a good place from which to launch a new national series,” he added.

It is generally assumed Bridgestone Production Cars will be seen as the Extreme Festival’s premier formula, given the category’s driver strength. Most of those involved believe the category will basically remain the same next year, running Classes A and T, while finding healthy alternatives for both.

TOP CLUBBIES. The B&H Extreme Supercar category should head up the non-national part of the racing programme. Picture: RacePics

TOP CLUBBIES. The B&H Extreme Supercar category should head up the non-national part of the racing programme. Picture: RacePics

Alternatives, when they come, will probably see Class A change to GTC chassis with 2 litre turbo engines, while Class T will lose a lot of power and handling in an effort to prune the building costs of a car.

Finally, the formula will embark on a charm offensive, trying to get youngsters to invest in a class for turbocharged 1600cc cars.

Things on offer to competitors would include sponsored fuel for tow vehicles and special accommodation deals with hotel groups at away meetings.

The Shelby CanAm cars will run in their own Sports Car title chase, with their numbers bolstered by the addition of both faster and slower sports cars. There are a number of LMP2 cars in the country and they might well come out of hiding, while there were many S2000 chassis floating around, to form a bottom class.

  • The V8 Supercars will not form part of the Extreme Festival – they chose to become part of the Northern Regions championship.
  • The two national single-seater formulas will stay the same, as will Engen Volkswagen Cup racing.
  • MSA is currently in the process of finalising the racing calendar for 2015 and this will be made available as soon as possible.
SPORTY. There will be a special class for purpose-built sports cars, housing LMP2, Shelby CanAm and S2000 cars. Picture: RacePics

SPORTY. There will be a special class for purpose-built sports cars, housing LMP2, Shelby CanAm and S2000 cars. Picture: RacePics

Theirs is a formidable task, with pleasing everybody absolutely impossible.

Even so, most enthusiasts should be happy with the new developments.

Motorsport people generally excel in sitting back, saying things are in disarray, and “somebody should do something”.

Well now somebody has done something and the result should be a much-improved national motorsport show.