Jonathan du Toit and Brett Garland

Jonathan du Toit and Brett Garland spent much of the first race side-by-side

Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Honda Civic) had to fight hard for his overall win at the second round of the 2018 autObarn SuperHatch championship at Zwartkops on Saturday, 17 March. While du Toit didn’t have things all his own way in class A, Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Honda Civic) had a far easier path to the class B win as did Almero van Eck (Nosler VW Polo) in class C.

A very wet qualifying saw du Toit completely dominate the session, taking the point on offer for the fastest time from Andre Dannhauser (Pro Auto Rubber/Jetstik Opel Corsa) and Brett Garland (autObarn/Total Honda Civic). Scholtz was quickest in class B, half a second ahead of Ishmael Baloyi (Trans Africa Racing Honda Civic) and Francis Aldrich (Peugeot 206). The class C brigade was led by Tony Hyams (Building Code Consultants Ford Fiesta). He was followed by Robert Stoltz (Jetstik/Episerve Opel Kadett) and Freddy Watkins (Top Lock/Pro Lock VW Polo).

By the time the first race started the rain had stopped falling and the track was largely dry with just a couple of wet patches to… Continue reading

Jonathan du Toit will be out to prevent Brett Garland taking another win

Jonathan du Toit will be out to prevent Brett Garland taking another win

Saturday, 17 March sees a large contingent of autObarn SuperHatch competitors head for Zwartkops Raceway, west of Pretoria for the second round of their 2018 championship. Around 30 competitors, spread across the three classes that make up the autObarn SuperHatch championship, are expected to line up on the grid at the St Patrick’s Day race meeting.

As is to be expected after the opening round at Midvaal Raceway, there is no clear leader at the top of the overall standings with just a single point separating the top two, and four points the top three. Nic Martin (Rex Diff & Gearbox Opel Kadett) leads the way from Reno van Heerden (KWC VW Polo) and Almero van Eck (Nosler VW Polo). Louis Scholtz (Car Care Clinic Honda Civic) is next up with Tony Hyams (Ford Fiesta) and Brett Garland (autObarn/Total Honda Civic) rounding out the top six.

Class A should provide plenty of action with Garland, who won both races at Midvaal, facing some serious competition. Martin has moved to class A from class B, which he dominated last season, and it will be interesting to see whether… Continue reading

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