The Car Care Clinic SuperHatch competitors will make their way to Zwartkops on Saturday, 5 September for the third round of their 2020 championship.
After two rounds, separated by a five-and-a-half month Covid-19 lockdown enforce break, Shane Forget (4J’s Auto Opel Cub) leads the overall championship standings by just three points from defending champion Nic Martin (Rex Diff & Gearbox Peugeot 207) with Mel Spurr (Car Care Clinic/AKA Signage VW Polo) a further two points back in third. Courtney Nicholl (Volkswagen Motorsport VW Polo), Craig Priestley (Tactical Fluid Ford Laser) and Andre Dannhauser (Pro Auto Rubber Opel Corsa) round out the top six in the overall standings.
Last time out at Zwartkops, Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Honda Civic) took two comfortable wins in Class A and must again be favourite this weekend. Dannhauser was having a good weekend on his return to the Class A fold until his engine blew in the second heat. Lots of hard work in between the events should see him back on the grid and ready to challenge du Toit. Francois Henning (Select Registrations VW Polo) also suffered mechanical problems last time out and will be hoping those are behind him. Teething troubles in his newly built ACD Welkom Hyundai Getz prevented Lenard Archer showing the car’s true potential, but another four weeks spent ironing out those problems should see him in the mix. Tyler Scott (Lopec/EBC/Jestik Opel Kadett) missed the last round, but two second places at the season opener indicated he has the speed to challenge at the front.
As was the case at the second round, Class B is likely to be a battle between Martin, Spurr and Nicholl with Werner Pieterse (VW Polo) and Donavan le Roux (Mechanical Masters Honda Civic) also capable of mounting a serious challenge. Others who could be in the mix include Francis Aldrich (Peugeot 206 GTI), Hennie Swanepoel (VW Polo) and Ishmael Baloyi (Trans Africa Racing Honda Civic).
Forget has opened up a gap at the top of the Class C standings, but Freddy Watkins (LNF/4Js Auto/Geardown VW Polo), Almero van Eck (Taurus VW Polo), Craig Priestley (Tactical Fluid Ford Laser) and George Aldrich (Opel Corsa) will all be doing their best to prevent him taking another full-house points haul.
As usual, Friday will be used for practice sessions before qualifying gets Saturday’s proceedings underway at 08h45. The opening 8-lap race is scheduled to start at 13h45 with the second late in the day at 18h25.
In order to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on sporting events, no spectators will be admitted to Zwartkops Raceway for the event.