ust 14 points cover the first four in the hotly contested class A, withTeam Afrox BMW pilots Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde lying third (78 points) and fourth (74 points) respectively. Leading the closely contested class A on 88 points is Hennie Groenewald (Subaru Impreza) while defending champion Michael Stephen (Audi S4) is second with 86 points.
Between them the two BMW drivers have won four of the races to date with Taylor taking full advantage of the double points on offer for the third race of the day on two occasions, winning both feature races at Zwartkops and Killarney in March.
Based on the latest incarnation of the BMW 3 Series and jointly developed by BMW South Africa and ADF Motorsport of Johannesburg, the Team Afrox BMW 335i race cars are powered by BMW’s latest 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine and rely heavily on a range of manufacturer approved BMW M Performance parts for increased dynamism. They are the first racing examples of the new BMW 3 Series in the world and a triumph for South African racing technological expertise. In addition to principal sponsor Afrox, the team enjoys backing from Castrol and Akrapovic Exhaust Systems
Close co-operation between BMW and ADF saw the two cars built and ready to race as the new model made its first appearance on showroom floors throughout South Africa in March.
“We’re up against stiff competition this year and we’re putting in long hours in the workshops and in testing to keep ahead of our rivals. We have two of the best drivers in the country, both former champions, and we’re confident we’ll give a good account of ourselves on Saturday and satisfy the BMW fans,” said team manager Donovan van Heerden.