Great anticipation exists as the popular Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series gets ready for the penultimate round of their championship this coming weekend, Saturday, the 13th of October at the popular Zwartkops Raceway. This will be their third visit to this track this year and the seventh round of the championship with the overall championship still to be decided.
Still topping the overall championship scoreboard, Antonie Marx (BMW E46 M3) will be hoping the Phakisa drama is now out of the way as he is but a point ahead of a well performing and consistent Alan Hilligenn (BMW E36 328i). Only three points adrift is Paulo Loureiro (BMW E36 M3 GTS) in third spot who will be reminded of how close he came to breaking out of class earlier this year at this very same track. To complicate matters they will each have to contend with very capable drivers in each of their respective classes.
Expected out front on the day will be David Coetzee (BMW E36 328i Turbo) placed in fourth overall and looking to capitalise on a history of great results at this track. He will be hoping for one of the overall contenders to break out of class which might give him an outside chance at finishing on the overall championship podium at the end of the year. He will however first have to contend with the likes of Lorenzo Gualtieri (BMW E36 M3 Turbo) racing the famous The Judge that brought fame and many victories to his father Sav Gualtieri. To complicate matters further will be Rick Loureiro debuting an upgraded version of the BMW F30 335i that delivered Johan Fourie the national Bridgestone Production Car championship in 2014. Jonathan Matos will make a welcome return to the championship also in a greatly upgraded version of his BMW E36 328i Turbo.
Class B leader, Paulo Loureiro will however have his work cut out for him as Andreas Meier (BMW E36 M3) will be back with that beautifully restored Joubert SA Touring car also sporting a few changes. Others to watch out for will be Oz Biagioni (BMW E46 M3), Jan Eversteyn (BMW E46 M3), Jannie Breedt (BMW E36 328i Turbo) and an ever-improving Shaun Lamprecht (BMW E36 318is Turbo).
Comfortably leading class C, Marx will have the recent Phakisa round in mind where Shane Grobler (BMW E36 M3) took the win in the first race after some very competitive racing between the two. He might have beaten Grobler in the second race but can be sure Grobler will be back with but one aim in mind, winning both races at all cost to give him an opportunity in the final race of the year to take the class C championship. Their headache on the day might come from Craig Ball (BMW E36 M3) who favours this track and is quite capable of snatching the win from both. Other equally capable contenders to keep an eye on are Neil Reynolds (BMW E36 M3), Mike Grobler (BMW E39 M5), Trevor Long (BMW E36 M3) and Jimmy Tsimenoglou (BMW E36 M3).
Hilligenn, comfortably in the lead of the class D brat pack, will have to watch out for Warren Dodd (BMW E90 330i) in race 1. Dodd will be sharing the car with debuting uncle, Shaun Dodd, who is expected to take over the wheel in the second race on the day. Hilligenns greatest concern will however be to stay ahead of Nek Makris (BMW E46 328i Turbo), Troy Cochran (BMW E46 330ti) and Morgan Long (BMW E46 330i).
BMW Car Club Gauteng committee members Varish Ganpath (BMW E46 325i Touring) and Rupert Giessing (BMW E36 328i) will have another turn in the Bridgestone Club Car battle this weekend as well. This will be the first time these two race against each other and what better place than the track used as the benchmark in South African motorsport.