CAR Magazine staffer Craig Nicholson is confident of maintaining his recent good form in class C of the National Production Car Championship at Aldo Scribante this coming weekend (Saturday 12 April). -

- The Sabat backed privateer currently lies in 2nd position in the class C battle and is placed 5th in the overall drivers championship standings following a strong showing at Killarney last month. Nicholson did well to cope with the changeable weather at the Cape Town, securing two second place finishes and managing to bring home a largely undamaged car despite the carnage in heat two.-

- Craig has performed well at Aldo Scribante in the past and is looking forward to the next round of the championship at the friendly city. -

- “I love competing at Aldo Scribante, it’s a small track where the race fans intermingle with the teams and drivers and the crowd are always enthusiastic come rain or shine. The track itself has a definite rhythm to it and since the first time I raced there I always just seemed to find a groove that works for me.” Said the Gauteng resident.-

- One area of concern will be that the Sabat Honda will be the heaviest car in the class C field courtesy of the success ballast earned at Killarney.-

- “Extra weight in the car is a real challenge, all one has to do is watch a F1 Grand Prix to see just how much a few extra kilograms can affect a cars performance, even those with 800 plus horsepower! But I still believe the balance of the Sabat Honda is good and that we use our Firestones better than some of our competitors despite the additional weight. The critical issue for us will be finding a good race set up during Friday free practice so that we can qualify well and race consistently, it is possible to defend a position at Aldo Scribante”.-

- Team manager Lee Phillips is also looking forward to the event. “ Craig has gone well at Aldo Scribante in the past and the Sabat Honda is now well sorted. We will have to drive around the weight problem, but on the other hand the car is balanced and we have also maximised our Sasol fuel on the dyno where we have found settings that match the characteristics of the fuel to make good power”.-

- A change to the regular schedule of events will see the Production Car brigade racing three times at Aldo Scribante. Each heat will effectively be a sprint race of ten laps.-

- Craig had this to say of the change.” I will have to make a slight change from my regular race strategy, which is to take it easy for the first couple of laps and then push hard at the end. In PE it will be a case of standing on the gas when the lights go out and only thinking of lifting once the chequers are waved, we will be flat out all the way in each heat.” -

- After “talking the talk”, it will be time for the Sabat Honda equipe to “walk the walk” in Port Elizabeth, but the team is confident and looking forward to the challenge.

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