The third round of the 2017 Historic Tour took place at the Red Star Raceway on Saturday 3 June.
An exciting race day would once again see a few more new entrants join the ranks of this popular tour.
The days racing was kicked off by the Charlies SuperSpar Historic Pursuit Racing. Once again the pursuers delivered exciting racing throughout the field. Johan Swanepoel (1971 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe) would take the win in the first race followed by season newcomer Richard Tudor-Owen (1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E). A gutsy performance saw Henk de Klerk (1993 Honda Civic) take third.
The second race would however see a completely different result as the win was taken this time by Darrell Cramer (1972 Mercedes-Benz 280E). A satisfying second place went to Stan Stacey (1982 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.5) and Andre Hattingh (1983 Mercedes-Benz 190E) would take third.
Round 2 of the Historic Tour would play off at Phakisa Freeway on Saturday, the 29th of April 2017. Dedicated to a past giant of motorsport, the Ian Auret Memorial Race Day would also see the first round of the popular 2 Hour Hamptons Endurance races.
Sadly, the day before would see a horrific accident claim the life of Sean Allen during the Friday practice sessions for the Lotus Challenge cars. His passing was honoured with a lap around the track by all the Lotus Challenge cars on race day.
Marlboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Historic Saloons classes ABCDE
As usual and expected Willie Hepburn roared away at the front in the Opel Rekord V8, leaving us all to enjoy the awesome sound the powerful motor makes. Was also good to see a bunch of new guys in the Pre-90 Sports & GT championship. Peter Jenkins made a welcome return in his beautiful Porsche 911 RSR that is finally repaired after his nasty crash a few years back at Killarney. Wynand vd Merwe has finished the weekend on a high note after all the headaches at the previous round at Zwartkops. Another newcomer but old racer Miguel Ribeiro also put in an impressive performance in his Alfa Romeo Gt-Am.
The first round of the Historic Tour visited the popular Zwartkops Raceway outside Pretoria on 4 March 2017. With a bunch of new competitors joining the Historic Racing South Africa club this year the day promised to be a good one.
The largest contingent of newcomers could be seen in the newly branded Historic Pursuit Racing (Marque Cars). Boasting with a new sponsor in the form of Charlies SuperSpar they sure looked the part on the day.
The Historic Saloons classes also showed up in big numbers and a few new faces and exquisite new historic saloons. This year the cut-off requirement will be Saloon Cars introduced before 31 December 1979. This allows for some more cars that qualify to be raced in these Historic Saloon car classes.
With a whole host of new sponsors on-board for the 2017 season the stage was set for Historic Tour to kick off with a bang.