Rod Cole-Edwardes #69, Porsche 993 GT2, Rocket Rod

Pro Tour Series: Like white on rice

After a long dry spell, the Pro Tour Series has decided to grace our Gauteng presence again, with a spectacular weekend of super car racing and even faster motorcycle races. As you all know by now, Fridays at the race track is even better than the subsequent race day. Not because admission is FREE, no, it's all about the amount of eye-candy that prepares you mentally for the subsequent race day action—resistance is futile.

Well, that and it gives me the chance to take motorsport photographs unhindered, meet with the faces behind the visors, and listen to very interesting fast paced superbike stories of accidents, incidents, pain, tenacity and the satisfaction of being part of the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters. Not to mention, meeting the Devil himself... keeping us vigilant and balanced. Amen.

Based on the amount of 'eye'tention the GT Challenge and GT Classic class, especially the Porsches gets off the track, it MUST be the highlight of this Pro Tour Series, but only until the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters open throttle at the drop of the red lights, then the crowd at the pit wall tells a different story.

From garage to garage you get to appreciate all these Colourful-kW-Creatures (to convert hp to kW—multiply your hp output with 0.735), some look AWESOME and others bear a dull look, like white on rice. If I must spend (all) my kids' university tuition fees on something so grand, I will definitely paste some colourful vinyl on the outer skin of my fiery beast (this also includes the GT Classics). Nicky Dicks, you are however excused from this arduous vinyl pasting task—I know Dorothy (Ferrari Red Dragon F430 Challenge) is still not well and hope that in due course she will make her fiery appearance on the race track again. Even though Nicky downgraded in the spur of the moment from GT2 to GT3, he still made a huge effort to entertain the crowd in a all white Porsche GT3 Cup.

Down the sloping road into the Zwartkops pit complex, when entering the fist garage, stood the elusive, dull white Porsche of Toby Venter. It has been a very long time since we saw this Porsche speeding down the racetrack. If I remember correctly, the last time I SAW it was at the Pro Tour Series race day in November 2011. Maybe that’s why it's so elusive.
Across from it stood the ultra red #7 Porsche of Vernon Bricknell on its hydraulic lifters, all four claws up in the winter morning air, the garage floor too cold, the lazy winter sun taking its time to warm the bright red nose. The sleek lines of this Le Mans (it once competed in a Le Mans race—unbelievable) Porsche 911 996 GT3 RSR draws a lot of attention, not as much as the racing driver, though. Some passer-by came up to me and said, 'Do you know the driver is 75', I corrected her by subtracting nine years. It is not about the numbers (that excludes money), it’s what you can achieve in life that matters. I dearly hope and pray that Vernon Bricknell in his ultra red Porsche 911 996 GT3 RSR or Rod Cole-Edwardes in his Porsche 993 GT3 Cup will punch the dull white look out of Toby Venter's new Porsche, on race day. •

Words & Photos: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Pro Tour Series, Zwartkops Raceway, South African Motorsport, 2012/06/29, Practice Session, 110 images) Main Image: Rod Cole-Edwardes #69, Rocket Rod, Porsche 993 GT3 Cup.

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