Hotrod tour in the Bay
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