With only two races to go, the battle for the 2003/4 SASCAR National Challenge is coming down to the wire with war being declared when these V8 monsters hit the 2.6km road circuit at WesBank Raceway on Saturday 15 May. -

- The duel for the title has been a two horse race for most of the season and with the penultimate round coming up all eyes will be on current series leader Peter Lindenberg (#2 Mack Trucks/Goodyear RAM) and the man challenging him for the crown Cape Town charger Kosie Swanepoel (#3 Wynns/Lindenberg Racing). While these two men are team-mates there will be no quarter asked or given with only a narrow 30 point margin separating them. “I have come too far this season to let Kosie take the title at this point and there is no way I will be letting him get past me,” said a determined Lindenberg. -

- Motorsport fans will be able to enjoy the close quarters power of these V8 brutes from the SASCAR grandstands which are so close to the circuit that they literally vibrate with the power of the SASCAR’s, “we will be going so hard that the fans will start to think they are about to be blown away. There is only a catch fence between the track and the spectators,” explained Lindenberg. -

- Behind the top two there are a number of other mini battles taking place, not least of which is the family feud for third place between Deon Auby (#96 Tyco Trucking) and his 16 year old son Jimmy Auby (#J20 The Glen Mica). Jimmy, who is a national karting champion, has been the find of the season and with his all-out action style and bulldog-like determination, he has caused many to forget that he is only piloting a 350hp junior SASCAR in comparison to the 500hp machines the senior drivers are racing. Close on their heels positions fourth to eighth are so finely balanced that one good drive or disaster could mean the difference between elation or disappointment. In this mix is the prankster of the group Rob Beaumont (#69 Tyco Trucking). Beaumont has had a season of mixed results but comes to WesBank after an overall win at the last round held in Port Elizabeth and will be keen to continue this purple patch but he will have to watch out for Queenstown Patrick Seddon (#22 Contact Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) who in the midst of a disappointing season by his standards has shown that he prefers the circuit racing to ovals and will be looking to make a late charge. -

- But in the rough and tumble action none of the gutsy SASCAR drivers can be discounted and dark horses like the effervescent Nick De Jong (# 26 Sponsor needed) and the three other youngsters Ross Lazarus (#J10 Valvoline/Lindenberg Racing) who is the head boy Crawford College in Pretoria while junior rival Kurt Bakewell (#J11 Auto Steel Services) is the deputy head boy of Edenvale High School as well as Glenvista High school’s Marc Auby (#J46 Freightliner) will be waiting for one of the favourites to make a mistake and then capitalise on it. -

- Also in action on the extremely challenging banked circuit will be the exciting Formula Vee’s who will be racing in the 5th round of their National Championship. Drivers to watch out for include points leader Symm Grobler, Alan Holm and the old warhorse Dennis Johns. Also in action will be the huge field of regional historic touring cars with the overall championship currently led by Class A’s Vernon Bricknell in his Porsche 911 RSR with Class G’s Joe Soares only one point behind him. Formula Libre and Lotus Challenge are sure to feature some fascinating races with the always popular Formula Ford’s rounding out the field. -

- With so much riding on the outcomes of all these races May 15 is set to be a day of reckoning on WesBank Raceway. -

- Gates open at 09:30 with racing getting underway at 10:15. Entry is R40 per car of up to 5 people and food and refreshments will be on sale. -


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