ALL is set for this year edition of the Bulawayo Motoring Club (BMC)’s three-hour endurance race set for the Breedon Everard Racecourse on November 30.
Vice-chairperson of BMC Leonora Young said 37 drivers and 22 bikers had so far registered for the gruelling race.
“We have so far got 37 car entries and 22 bikers and we are still expecting to have more competitors to join the race as time goes on,” she said.
Celebrated multiple winner of the race Darren Winterboer will be hoping to come first with his new Toyota Corolla after his usual BMW was involved in a terminal accident on the Harare circuit.
Another driver to watch is Ian Howden who also moved from the Subaru he used last year to a turbo-charged Toyota Corolla.
Winterboer and Howden finished neck-on-neck in last year’s national championships in Bulawayo.
Other contenders are Angelo Tavares in a Subaru, past winners Eric Heard and Richard Robinson who will be hoping to utilise the advantage of his Super 7 powered by a Yamaha R1 motorcycle engine.
Young said drivers should also expect a stiff challenge from newcomers.
“Newcomers to the race, but very capable are father and son team, Byron and Dean Norman in a turbo charged VW Golf,” she said.
Darren Pragji will once again charm the public in his Datsun 1200 which he will reportedly be sharing with Denzil Bhana while Philip Minaar (Jr) is another driver to look out for in his newly built BMW.
Returning South African competitors are John Amm and Eric Salamon in a Sports Elf and the Alfa team of Rory Sharp and Keagan Pottas would also be good contenders.
In the one-hour motorcycle endurance race, Fuzzy Walker and Ian Gutherless both on Kawasakis would be the favourites to win the race while Phil Archenol from Harare on a Suzuki 1000cc will give a stiff challenge.
Golden oldie Clive Mawson and Mike Engelbrecht both from Harare riding on a Kawasaki ZX14 will also be in the competition.
Young said they were still waiting for South African riders to confirm whether they were going to take part.
“South African riders have expressed their intention to enter the race, but we are still waiting for their confirmation for entries,” she added.