After two events in quick succession, followed by a two-month break, the G &H Transport Extreme Supercars return to the track on Saturday, 6 April when the third round of the 2019 championship takes place at Zwartkops Raceway.
In the absence of Charl Arangies, who has indicated he will be concentrating on his Stradale Motorsport team management duties rather than piloting his Aston Martin around the 2.4km circuit this weekend, it is hard to see anyone getting the better of Franco Scribante in his Porsche 997 Turbo.
While Scribante is likely to have things largely his own way at the head of the field, the closest action of the day should be in Class A where overall championship leader Elwyn Steenkamp (JEYS Consultants BMW M3) will be looking to continue his great start to the season. Greg Parton (Drizit Environmental Huracan) and Jonathan du Toit (Trans Africa Racing Ferrari F430) are his closest rivals in the title race at this early stage but the G&H Transport Lamborghinis of Gianni and Ricky Giannoccaro are not far behind. Despite reliability problems this year which have spoiled his chances of good results, Franco Di Matteo (Deltec Batteries Alfa GT) is another who could upset Steenkamp’s ambitions.
The Class B battle is likely to be between Ant Blunden (SAJCC Porsche 997 GT3) and Nicky Dicks (Curvent Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) with Sam Hammond (Trinity Security Lamborghini Super Trofeo) likely to join them in the fight for class honours. Rick Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW F30) could also be in the mix.
Jimmy Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Ferrari F430) leads the way in Class C but he is likely to miss this round. If Deon du Plessis can get his BPM KTM X-Bow onto the grid he should be in with a chance of a good points haul.
Kishoor Pitamber (Siris Ferrari 360) leads the way in Class D, just ahead of Roy Obery (Haval Edenvale Porsche 996 GT3). They are likely to be joined by Len-Henry Gobey (G&H Transport BMW Z4M) and Anmaar Coetzee (A&M Plumbing BMW M3).
Darren Winterboer (Barons Motor Spares BMW M3) is making a return to the series and could upset the established order. Others making their first appearance of the season include Troy Marais (Dynamic Tyre Solutions BMW M Coupe), Jaco Nel in the Scuderia Scribante prepared Nissan GTR and Johan de Bruyn (OdorCure Porsche GT3). After practice sessions on Friday, qualifying is scheduled for 08h50 on Saturday morning, with the opening 15-lap race at 13h00. Race 2, also a 15-lap affair, should get underway at 16h00.