If last race was anything to go by, Killarney’s Bold Marine WP GTi Challenge round 2 action is not to be missed
The first round of the 2016 Bold Marine Western Province GTi Challenge may have lasted just four corners, but such was the action that the second race still stole the day. Saturday 19 March should be no different as the GTis fight out the second round of a Challenge famous for door to door action throughout the field and sufficient class rivalries brewing to be sure of another cracking day’s racing.
Good news is that all the cars eliminated in the huge crash that stopped that first race are either rebuilt or well on their way to being back on track soon so don’t be surprised to see Damien Lopez’s Class C Polo, Matthew Curry’s Omega Class C Golf and Mike Venlet’s Class C Golf on the grid come Saturday afternoon after the GTi Challenge gang came together to do all in its power to see all three cars back into action.
Of course the Class A big bangers will lead the way as usual and there Jetta trio Marco Busi (Automan), Chris Swart (Spongebob), Andrew Goslett (GAP) and Shane du Toit and Pieter Kriel’s Golf will be among those out to take full advantage of overall winner last time out, Jano van der Westhuizen (Kwikfix/Bessie Bester Motors Polo) having to carry success ballast into the next race.
Jacques Geldenhuys (Ferroli Golf 2) is another man to be saddled with penalty ballast following his impressive Class B win last time out, but last race pole man Damien Lopez will want to bounce right back to the top. Peet van der Walt (PSW Sport Polo), Scotty Hayes (Jetta), Eden Thompson (Golf 2), Cash Cars Golf 1 duo Herman Lazarus and Roelof Tolman and Wayne Field (Golf 2) will all be looking for Geldenhuys’ ballasted scalp, while newcomers, dad Norman (Polo) and son Earl Joseph (Golf) will be out to make strong first impressions.
Normally the closest fight in the Bold Marine GTi Challenge, the Class C Golf 1 Brat Pack can always relied upon to deliver great spectacle and Saturday should be no different. Winner last time out Ebrahim Levy (Jive Armien Levy) has to carry that dayglo pink barbel for his winning sin, so expect returning class champion Paul Simon, Dewald Lubbe (Combustion Technology) Gideon Serfontein (Goeie Hoop Onderdele) and Gert du Plessis (Cash Cars) to be ready to take full advantage of Levy’s weighed down machine.
There are several drivers knocking hard on that Class C door of success including the ever-improving Dillon Joubert (Powder Coating World/TAC Steel), Dillon Jeary (Lucan Racing), Francois Erasmus (QTech/Modjets/GAP), 15-year old Giordano Lupini (Monroe AutoNews RWJ) and newcomer Brian Morgan (Greatsoft Payroll), while Matthew Curry (Omega) and Mike Venlet were racing to rebuild their cars too.
So yes, there is little chance that the Bold Marine GTi Challenge gang will not star among a full, varied and spectacular Wingfield Motors Powerseries programme Saturday 19 March - surely that’s worth making a day of it?
See you at Killarney!