Hotrod tour in the Bay

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT -

THE 2018 Na­tional Hotrod Tour will re­turn to the ZCBF Show­grounds in Richards Bay on Sun­day, 1 April at 6pm.

Gates open at 8am and qual­i­fy­ing will com­mence at 3.30pm.

The first leg held in Pre­to­ria saw a record en­try and the event in Richards Bay looks to be no ex­cep­tion with more than 30 en­tries be­ing re­ceived to date.

These 350hp pur­pose-built, slick shod race cars cover a 350m tarred oval in less than 14 sec­onds us­ing a va­ri­ety of en­gines.

The scream­ing 13B Ro­tary en­gine is used by more than 60% of the field with 4 cylin­der 2.0L turbo charged and 2.5L nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gines making up the bal­ance of the power plants.

Richards Bay teenager Ja­son Loose­more took over­all hon­ours at the first leg and will be out to dom­i­nate on his home track.

Pop­u­lar veteran racer Rudy My­burgh will be out to over­come his run of poor luck at the tight oval, while crowd favourite Seef Fourie re­turns to one of his favourite tracks.

At 18 years of age, Lonika Maartens is the youngest mem­ber on the tour and can claim to be the fastest lady on the short ovals in South Africa, and along with Amos Cock­eram, Al­bert Bridges and An­dries du Preez, will be push­ing for a cru­cial win as the championship stand­ings are very close.

2017 Tour Cham­pion Neville Loose­more will be out to use lo­cal knowl­edge to his favour and as the cur­rent lap record holder (13.05sec) in Richards Bay, should be well placed to achieve top re­sults, while Dick Hil­lard of the UK makes his sec­ond ap­pear­ance in this tour, adding an in­ter­na­tional flavour to a well-sup­ported and im­mensely pop­u­lar se­ries.

The tour will use the two-thirds grid sys­tem for the heats, mean­ing the pub­lic will en­joy three heats of 20 com­peti­tors and a 25-lap fi­nal where all the cars are in­volved based on qual­i­fy­ing times.

Ad­mis­sion to the event is R100 for adults. Chil­dren between the ages of 6 and 12 will be charged R40.

A full range of cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be avail­able. All en­quiries can be di­rected to Michelle Loose­more on

082 3273231.

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