Race conditions are the ultimate proving ground for Dunlop

The tire of choice in the Pabar Volkswagen Challenge, Superhatch and 111s at Zwartkops this weekend, Direzza DZ03G not only offers excellent stability and predictable grip to ensure consistent fast turns all over the board, but the rubber is also backed up by Dunlop’s splendid racing service team which takes care of all the racing needs of its competitors in the pits.

Of the classes to exclusively use Dunlop Direzza DZ03G racing rubber over the past weekend, the Pabar Volkswagen Challenge delivered some wild races. This class requires all cars to be fitted with two new “sticker” tires on the front of each car at the start of qualifying each race weekend. Drivers must additionally mount two tires marked from their last race at the rear. Thus, all the cars start on the same footing and the drivers have the same chances of racing with the same tyres.

Classes A and C raced alone on Saturday, as Wayne edged out Bevin Masters and Rory Atkinson for the win. The Cape GTi Challenge duo Marco Busi and Nathan Victor shone in fifth and sixth ahead of Derick Smalberger, Waldie Meintjies, Chris and Sam Dale. Atkinson’s now purple Polo bounced back from a narrow Race 2 victory over Wayne Masters, Busi, Victor, Meintjies, Hopkins, Sam and Chris Dale. Ian Walker beat Pierluigi Muzzulini for Panagiotis Nousias’ first Class C victory, while Muzzulini took Walker and Nousias’ second race.

The VW Challenge Class B raced separately, with super rookie Hannes Scheepers winning the first race ahead of Elna Croeser. Karshin Naidoo finished third ahead of Charisse van der Merwe, Ethan Coetzee, François van Zyl, Tinahe Ncube and Anthony Pretorius. Heroine Croeser turned the tide for her second trotting victory in Zwartkops’ second race, with Naidoo the thorn among the roses, as Van der Merwe finished third ahead of Jacques Hayes. They took out Scheepers on the last lap of a killer race, followed by Stuart Mack, Miguel Dias and Stelio Nousias.

Interestingly, the two mentioned Cape riders and the entire Alert Engine Parts GTI Challenge grid also race Dunlop Direzzas at home. The tire rules are different there, with new rubber more limited than in backcountry races. Cape classes can only fit two new tires every two races. No problem for Dunlop’s uniformly-dressed Direzza DZ03Gs, which handle two or three full race meetings at a canter, but slight performance differences on newer and older rubbers make for some interesting strategy as the season progresses!

Back at Zwartkops, the Lotus Challenge only uses Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs. On Saturday, Thomas Falkiner took a dominating first moto win over Mackie Adlem, David Coetzee, John Kruger and Rudi Barnard after pole sitter Jeffrey Kruger took an early shower. Race two saw Falkiner hold off a resurgent Jeffrey Kruger with Adlem, Coetzee, JP Nortjé and André Human hot on his heels. Gys van der Walt took both victories in the Locost class, ahead of Sean Hepburn and Juan du Toit in the first race and ahead of André du Plessis and Davide Favo in the second heat.

Car Care Clinic Superhatch also only races on Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs and Karel Stols’ Toyota Etios did the double there on Saturday. He beat Francois Henning’s Polo, André Dannhauser’s Corsa and Lenard Archer’s Hyundai Race 1 and won against Archer and Henning in the second moto. Nic Martin’s Peugeot took on the B-Class and Devon Piazza-Musso’s Golf C-Class. All of the above ran on Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs, which feature a racing tire construction with reduced tread depth and a high stability pattern.

Direzza’s custom tread compound provides precise control, confident braking and predictable grip. The Direzza is available in a wide range of sizes and compounds, ensuring the right tire for every condition and vehicle. Also available in a wide variety of tire sizes, Dunlop Direzzas are almost universally raced in 15-inch format in the regional classes mentioned above. National Polo Cup races on 17 inch Direzzas and Dunlop provide a wide selection of slick, rally, rally raid and other competition tires through ATS Motorsport.

Tough for a good racing life and relatively inexpensive, there are plenty of good reasons why the Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs are the control tire of choice in many of South Africa’s top regional and national racing championships, from club races, track days, autocross, race schools and much more. . Dunlop of course uses the same technology, research and development from its global motorsport programs to deliver the performance, safety, durability and confidence you can also enjoy on the road every day.

Source: Motorsport Media

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