The sixth Extreme Festival of 2016 takes place on Youth Day, Thursday 16 June, at Zwartkops Raceway. This time the event is an all car affair with eight different categories taking to the Pretoria West circuit.

Qualifying sessions start at 07h00 with racing scheduled to get underway at 10h20.

Tasmin Pepper took two comfortable wins last time out

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One of the largest classes on the day will be the Comsol VW Challenge who will be contesting the fifth round of their championship.

At her last visit to the Pretoria circuit, Tasmin Pepper (Campos Transport / Alpine Motors Polo) had a perfect outing, taking pole position and both race wins and picking up the bonus point on offer for the fastest lap in both races to move to the top of the class A championship log. While she will be looking for a repeat performance on Youth Day, a number of challengers will be looking to end her run of race wins.

Chief among those is likely to be Rory Atkinson (Comsol Polo). He lies just 6 points behind Pepper and will be out to improve on the two second places he had to settle for in May. He knows what it takes to win, having already taken two victories this year. Waldie Meintjes (LTR / Marty’s Body & Spray Polo) and newcomer Stiaan Kriel (Imperial Select Polo), who claimed two fourth places on his debut last month, should also be up at the head of the field. Others who could be there or thereabouts if things go their way include James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo), Iain Stevenson (Comsol Polo), Devan Piazza-Musso (Piazza Motor Sport Polo) and Derick Smalberger in the Sabertek Beetle.

At the last outing Darren Nathan (Sextrader Polo) and Nic Clarke (Central Technical Services Polo) thrilled the Zwartkops crowd as they spent almost the entire second race running side-by-side around the 2.4 km circuit. More of the same can be expected from this pair who head the class B standings.

Their closest challengers are likely to be Brad Hall (Hellermann Tyton Racing Polo), Adrian Wood (Laserfische Polo) and the Stewart brothers, Daine and Mile, in their RCS Security Services Polos. Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo) had a good outing at Zwartkops last month and will be looking to build on that performance.

Elke van Vledder (Golf) leads the class C championship, although Luan Roos (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo) is not far behind. Graham Savage (Goldwagen JHB CBD and Wynberg Golf) had a slightly disappointing weekend last time out and will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Others who should be up with the front pack include Stuart Mack (Goldwagen JHB CBD and Wynberg Golf), Wouter Roos (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo) and John Johnstone (Circle Solar Solutions Polo).

Dawie Olivier in the Baby Beemer

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The G&H Extreme Supercars are always a firm favorite with the crowds. Based on their performance a month ago at the same circuit Charl Arangies (Stradale Lamborghini Galardo), Jonathan du Toit (TAR Ferrari 430), Anton Cronje (AF Hydraulics Subaru WRX) and Dawie Olivier (G&H Transport BMW) are likely to be at the head of the field of exotic machines.

Arangies managed to win both heats at the May event but was pushed all the way by du Toit with Cronje not far behind in the second race.

An interesting addition to the field is Jimmy Giannoccaro’s new car. He has acquired a Ferrari 430 Challenge and will be out in that instead of the BMW he usually races.