Team Black Cat Racing


Season round up 2016


Another successful year of racing was achieved by team Black Cat Racing (the official race team for On Track Racing & Performance magazine), thanks to the committed support of sponsors and crew. Having lost out on the 2015 Championship by a mere point, the BCR team was fired up to bring home an overall class victory for 2016.


The year started off well with a win at Red Star raceway putting the team at the front of the class leader-board. The BMW M3 performed impeccably for the first two races of the year and the team held on to a healthy lead in the championship. The Phakisa 200 endurance race started off extremely well and after a quarter of the way in, the BMW held the lead in class B and looked certain of an unchallenged win, even out pacing some of the class A cars. However the fan belt snapped on lap 12 and the team were forced to retire.


The championship lead had now been compromised but the team still held first spot by a slim margin.


Unfortunately however during a client track day mid-season, the car suffered severe engine damage and the team was unable to enter the June race. This, coupled with the class C leader who broke into class B, bringing with him all his points earned in class C, meant that BCR had lost their edge in the championship. It would be a tough fight from then on having dropped down to fourth on the log.


For round 6 of the championship at Zwartkops BCR entered their Porsche 944 Turbo as the BMW repairs had not yet been completed. The team started off on the back foot at the start of the event whilst trying to attend to small issues on the Porsche, qualifying for the race at the back of the class grid. However due to the hard work of the team, the Porsche was able to gain 8 places and get to the front of the class B pack and BCR took home another outright win closing the points gap in the championship.


The BMW made its welcome return to the track for the final race of 2016, the first race event to be held at the newly built Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, but with no mathematical chance of winning the championship. After showing good initial pace the car suffered overheating problems and it was decided to slow down to save the motor from damage.


Problems aside, the BCR tem did manage to claw its way back up the leader-board and finished the year in a respectable second place (even though they were consistently faster than the eventual class winner). The BCR team was also awarded with the best presented race car for 2016 – the second time this award has been won.


Black Cat Racing would like to thank their racing team partners: Rislone; Tissot; Meguiars; Little Trees; AMT composites; Imagine It; On Track magazine and Eazy Internet , for another successful year of racing.


Thanks also go out to the hard working BCR crew: Angie Obhlidal; Ivor Horne; Darren Horne; Justin Hartslief; Steven Dick and Bill Grobler.


See you all on track in 2017 and God Bless.


Vaughn Obhlidal (Driver #777)






Team BCR:
  • Vaughn Obhlidal (Primary driver)
  • Angelique Obhlidal (Team co-ordinator)
  • Ivor Horne (Secondary driver & pit crew)
  • Steven Dick (Chief technician)
  • Justin Hartslief (Pit Crew)
  • Darren Horne (Promotions)
  • Billy Grobler (Pit Crew) 
BMW E30 Specs
  • Race number: 777
  • Model: 1986 E30 BMW 2-door
  • Engine: E36 M3. 6 cylinder 3,2 litre with double VANOS. Setrab oil cooler
  • Gearbox: 5 Speed ZF with quick shifter linkage
  • Drive train: Limited Slip M3 Differential
  • Suspension: Adjustable gas SAX coil-overs all round. Z3 rear trailing arms
  • Wheels: 17inch rims with Bridgestone Semi-Slick race tyres
  • Brakes: 300mm front vented discs with VARI racing 6 pot calipers. E46 rear set up
  • Bodywork: M3 fibreglass kit with fibreglass bonnet
  • Cockpit: Steel welded in roll cage, Carbon fibre dashboard. Tilton floor mounted racing pedal box with adjustable brake bias.
  • Exhaust: Custom stainless steel
  • Management: Powermods ECU with digital dash



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