As their sponsor is backing the event, designed for performance and pleasure for the whole family, under the “Sasol DualFuel Raceday” banner, they will want to deliver the laurels and improve on their respective championship standings.
Coming off a stint in SASCAR at the new WesBank Raceway last weekend (27 July), Johan Fourie (Sasol DualFuel Omega) is more than race-ready to makes up the 24 point deficit to SAMCAR leader, Larry Wilford (Fuchs Titan Mustang), who in turn has the super-quick Grant van Schalkwyk (Hi-Q Mustang) only 5 points adrift.
Fourie’s all-blue Sasol charger has been fitted with a brand new Opel V8 motor since the engine failure last time out at A.A Kyalami at the end of June. No points there, means that Fourie’s title defence, and the run to the end of this season, is going to make for enticing action, in and outside the cockpit.
Although Melvill Priest (Mad Buzz/Sasol DualFuel Omega), Fourie’s Supervan Racing stable-mate, does not have a likely shot at the crown at this stage of the year, the youngster is receiving increasing accolades from those in the motor racing scene who can recognize talent.
A 3rd and 4th at the Kyalami round, plus intensive in-between testing, makes Priest a real threat to the more-established front-runners, including the returning Gary Formato who debuts his new Auto Trader Jaguar at the Sasol event.
In the “high-energy” Engen Volkswagen Cup, Phillip Kekana will once again wish to place his Sasol DualFuel Polo firmly inside the top ten in qualifying on Friday. Kekana might not have many points behind him in this year’s championship, but he does have the ability, if not “taken-out” by over- zealous competitors.
After one appearance in his new Barnett Auto Spares/Sasol DualFuel Polo at A.A. Kyalami, Shaun Watson-Smith has already given notice to the host of top-flight saloon car aces that dominate this category. With proper time for development and practice since the last race the Port Elizabeth multiple-champion could surprise with a podium or two on Saturday.
The Sasol-supported privateers in the S.A. Production Car Championship are also well set to impress again.
Class D Ford Ikon racers, Clint Weston and Miquel Pasqualli, currently lie 2nd and 3rd behind class leader, Dave Compton (Toyota Tazz), while Angus Thompson (VW Golf) is only 8 points behind Pasqualli in 4th.
Sabat Honda driver, Craig Nicholson is 3rd in Class C, still able to take the class title over the remaining 5 events.
Sasol has laid on a huge variety of off-track family entertainment, from the PlayStation2 rig to demonstration rides at the Sasol DualFuel Skidpan and Zwartkops Off-Road Academy (ZORA). Do make a point of popping along to the Sasol Performance Playground, next to turn one, the “SASOL SWEEP”, for fun activities, the display of the Sasol Volkswagen Golf rally showcar, a mighty drag racing “funny car”, the Sasol Jordan Formula One car, the Sasol Mini Baja two-seater and the opportunity to collect Sasol drivers’ posters and autographs.
A wide variety of Sasol clothing, caps, and other merchandise will also be on sale in this area.
For all the latest news on the Sasol Steam Team visit www.sasolmotorsport.co.za or call the Sasol DualFuel Race and Rally Hotline on 08 22 33 4321.
Original article from Car