WhatExtreme Festival 2022 Round 2 Report
WhereZwartkops Raceway, Pretoria
WhenSaturday 23 April 2022
CommunitySouth Africa National

Dunlop Motorsport Paints Pretoria Yellow With Style, Success

Saturday’s Zwartkops National Extreme Festival races were brilliant in every respect, highlighted by more than just a tinge of Dunlop yellow. Not only is Dunlop the racing tyre of choice for the biggest series racing in the Festival, with full on-site service and backup for SA’s top drivers and teams, but the famous Dunlop Girls and a good dose of yellow razzmatazz certainly added style and sophistication to a splendid weekend of success.

It is of course first and foremost all about the tyres, and the ATS’ Dunlop Motorsport crew manned Fitment Centre was literally a blur from midday Thursday until after dark Saturday evening as they fitted, balanced and prepared tyres for more than 50 race cars. It's intense in there, as three of racing’s unsung heroes, balancer Tom ably assisted by bead breaker Peet and Freedom on inflation, handle a literal river of race rubber as they shoe the majority of the paddock. 

The lads meticulously prepare each and every Dunlop Direzza race tyre across the Global Touring Car, GTC SupaCup and Compcare Polo Cup grids, and more too. But that’s just the beginning. The pole sitters in each of those classes wins R2,500 cash for their efforts. Best of all, each prize is handed over by four lovely Dunlop Ladies, amid much pomp and ceremony in a splendidly colourful affair. 

16-year old Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Saood Variawa was full of smiles as he was handed his award for his stunning, shock Global Touring Car pole position. As were GTC SupaCup pole man Jeffrey Kruger, quickest Master Paul Luti, and the lad who topped Polo Cup qualifying, Clinton Bezuidenhout rewarded for their speed. The Dunlop Ladies are an Extreme Festival fixture as they literally help paint the circuit yellow, brightening up many a young and old race fans day, all day long.

Later in the day, the ladies in yellow return to reward the overall winning drivers for their efforts. Chemical Logistics duo, Robbie Wolk’s Toyota and Ford driver Julian van der Watt shared the day’s Global Touring Car wins, but it was young Variawa who took the day and the prize. It was a similar state of affairs in SupaCup, where Arnold Neveling took a debut win for the day after Keagan Masters and Leyton Fourie won the heats.

SupaCup Master Nick Davidson and his teammate, Polo Cup winner, Clinton Bezuidenhout took the other Dunlop Winners Trophies to end the day firmly on the front foot for the Gqeberha based Stu Davidson team. Clinton shared the Polo Cup race wins with another young gun, Charl Visser and Davidson and Luti each won a SupaCup Masters heat.

At the end of the day, Dunlop Motorsport had a fair bit to do with adding that little extra zip to Zwartkops’ sizzling National Extreme Festival. Next stop is Aldo Scribante at Gqeberha 28 May, but not before Dunlop Motorsport serves Red Star’s Regional Extreme Festival near Delmas on 14 May. Both events certainly are well worth diarising, if you are anywhere near either of those circuits on those days… 


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