Time: Sunday 27th October, 12pm
Venue: Donnybrook Raceway (out along Arcturus Road)
Entry: $5 per car of spectators
What to expect: Exciting motor racing finals, full bar and catering
The 2013 Zimbabwe Motor Racing Championships will be decided at Donnybrook Park on Sunday when the country’s top riders and drivers gather for the Hamish Cameron Grand Prix. This is the final round of the seven event racing season, and while some championships have already been decided, several are going right down to the wire.
One of the titles which has been claimed is the Unlimited Sports Car Championship where Harare schoolboy Cole Bond powered his Birkin to ten race wins and an unassailable lead over the similar car of Richard Robinson.
An ex-motocross champion, Bond clinched his first four wheel title shortly before travelling to South Africa to represent Zimbabwe at the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy. 14 of the top drivers from all over Africa were assessed in various areas, including physical fitness, driving performance, media technique, teamwork and psychology, with Bond reached the final five before finally losing out to South African Kelvin van der Linde who currently races in Europe.
Another driver who can already claim a national title is Ian Howden. He used his Subaru WRX to good effect to defend his Unlimited Saloon Car championship from Bulawayo drivers Darren Winterboer (BMW) and Angelo Tavares (Subaru), despite the driving becoming somewhat exuberant at times.
In the 1600cc Saloon class, Harare’s Christian Berkau has one hand on the trophy as he only needs a handful of points to stop Bulawayo driver Darren Pradji overhauling him in the standings. After a shaky start, when engine troubles plagued his Toyota Corolla, Berkau put together a string of wins, fending off the similar Corolla driven by Alister Howden as well as a gaggle of Toyota MR2s to lead by 19 points with 20 available on Sunday.
The closely contested 1600cc Sports Car class is far from settled. No fewer than 4 drivers are in with a chance of the title. With all the drivers competing in similar Toyota powered Super 7 cars, the races have been hotly contested. Despite winning the bulk of the races, Harare driver Gary Kirk finds himself tied with John Cameron and only 2 points ahead of Stephanus van der Linde who is enjoying a highly successful rookie season. However all three trail Brett Cameron on the points table, and the Harare driver has to maintain a cool head and finish in 3rd place or better in both heats on Sunday if he is to clinch a narrow victory.
Another championship that is far from decided is the prestigious Toyota Driver of the Year. Here Stephanus van der Linde enjoys a 2 point lead over Cole Bond and Brett Cameron, with Richard Robinson only slightly behind. If the Harare schoolboy manages to defend his slim lead on Sunday, he will become the first teenager ever to lift the Toyota silverware.
Superbikes will be making a welcome return to Donnybrook as Ian Gutherless and a team of five fearless riders travel from Bulawayo to take on Phil Archenoul who leads the Harare contingent. Archenoul will also be in action in the 250cc class where he has a mere one point advantage in the club championship over Gavin Randall, who is in turn one point ahead of Shaun Whyte. With fifteen bikes expected on the grid, an exciting finish to this year’s racing is certainly guaranteed.