After a Covid-19 induced delay, the Car Care Clinic SuperHatch competitors will take to the track at Zwartkops Raceway on 13 March for the opening round of their 2021 championship.
After sitting out most of 2020, Brett Garland (autObarn/Torch/Ingco/Sabat Honda Civic) returns to the fray to challenge 2020 class champion Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Honda Civic) at the front of the Class A field. Their main competition is likely to come from Andre Dannhauser (Pro Auto Rubber Opel Corsa) and Francois Henning (Select Registrations VW Polo) although Lenard Archer has been developing his ACD Welkom Hyundai Getz and could spring a surprise.
Mel Spurr (Car Care Clinic/AKA Signage VW Polo) will be back to defend the Class B crown she claimed in 2020 but will have to fend off the challenges likely to come from Werner Pieterse (VW Polo), Trevor Stringer (Citrine Designs Peugeot 206) and Ishmael Baloyi (Trans Africa Racing Honda Civic).
Class C is likely to be headed by 2020 overall champion Shane Forget who will be out in the colours of new sponsor Pro Auto Rubber. 2020 class championship runner-up Craig Priestley (Tactical Fluid Ford Laser) will be back to challenge Forget as will Almero van Eck (VW Polo). They will be joined by Wessel Smit (Africa Mobile Limpopo VW Polo).
As usual, Friday will be dedicated to practice sessions to allow the drivers to get back into the swing of things after the four-month break since their last competitive outing before the serious business of qualifying and racing gets underway on Saturday. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 10h00 followed by an 8-lap sprint race at 12h55. The SuperHatch brigade will then be joined by their Car Care Clinic GT / 111 Sports & Saloons counterparts for a 45-minute mini endurance race which should see almost 40 cars line up on the grid at 15h25.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators will be permitted at Zwartkops, however, the day’s races will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.