Several battles come to a head; Dunlop champions crowned

Dunlop Tyres is celebrating a new crop of regional championships won on its racing rubber throughout South Africa in 2023.

That after the Pabar VW Challenge, BMW M Performance Parts Series, DOE Formula Vee and SuperHatch seasons came to a head in Pretoria, and the Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge wrapped up in Cape Town over the weekend.

“This past weekend saw several 2023 Dunlop regional circuit racing champions crowned around the country,” Dunlop PR & Events Manager Joanne de Freitas confirmed. “We would like to take this opportunity to salute each and every one of our 2023 Dunlop regional racing champions on spectacular achievements on track this year.”

Among Dunlop’s champions, young Yotti Nousias was crowned 2023 overall and Class C champion in the Dunlop shod Pabar VW Challenge. Rory Atkinson and Hannes Scheepers once again clinched the respective Class A and Class B titles in that Northern Regions series. Class B Champion Zaki Hendricks meanwhile clinched the overall Cape Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge champion, while Jurie Swart took Class A, and Dylan van Eeden Class C honours.

Back on the Reef, Class A driver Leon Loubser won the final race of the season to clinch the overall BMW M Performance Parts Series Championship racing on Dunlop tyres. Second overall, Reinhardt Miller took the Class D title with Class E man Arri van Heerden third. Nek Makris is the 2023 Class B champion, while Nicholas Fischer took the BMW Class C title.

Jaco Schriks did enough to wrap up the Dunlop shod DOE with CIM Lubri Fuel Formula Vee championship over double winner at Zwartkops on Saturday, Lendl Jansen, and outgoing champion Peter Hills. The Dunlop shod 2023 Lotus Challenge wrapped up at Red Star a few weeks ago, where Mackie Adlem took the championship and Nick Hodgson the Locost title.

Francis Aldrich and his trusty Opel Corsa took the 2023 overall and Class A Northern Regions SuperHatch title on Dunlop racing tyres from Karel Stols’ Toyota Etios, while George Aldrich sped to the Class B title in his Peugeot 208.

“That ends another brilliant year of Dunlop-shod regional racing around the country,” Joanne de Freitas concluded. “It won’t be too long before it starts all over again and we look forward to another standout season of regional racing around the country in 2024!”