WP GTi Challenge returns from long break to thrill Killarney faithful
There’s nothing like a long break in a racing season to ensure double the action on its return and that’s exactly the case with the Western Province GTi Challenge, which returns to thrill Killarney after a two-month break 14 May. And if the first two rounds were not spectacular enough, Saturday promises even closer racing with many competitors having burnt the midnight oil, tested, practiced and doubly prepared to close the gap to their class leading rivals and ensure an even greater thrills.
The GTi Challenge can always be trusted to provide door-to-door action throughout the field as class rivalries rage to ensure another cracking day’s racing, most of all in Class A where recent on and off-track action would have sharpened Nian du Toit’s rivals’ resolve to stop the Challenge veteran and his Cheaper Cars Jetta from once again clearing off into the distance.
Du Toit was unstoppable last time out as he sped to a pair of dominant Class A wins, but rest assured that his principal rivals Marco Busi (Automan Jetta), Jano van der Westhuizen (Kwikfix/Bessie Bester Motors Polo), Chris Swart (Spongebob Jetta) and Andrew Goslett (GAP Jetta) have all worked doubly hard in the past two months to ensure that du Toit’s blue Jetta has its work cut out this time around.
Jacques Geldenhuys is another man with a target on his back Saturday — unbeaten in Class B so far this year, much to the chagrin of class challengers Scotty Hayes (Jetta) and Peet van der Walt (PSW Sport Polo), Eden Thompson (Golf 2) and Cash Cars Golf 1 duo Herman Lazarus and Roelof Tolman, most of whom have been spotted practicing in an effort to find those last tenths of a second needed to topple that man Geldenhuys and is Ferroli Golf 2. Other Class B entries include rookies Wayne Field (Golf 2), dad Norman (Polo) and son Earl Joseph (Golf), while Damien Lopez and his Polo may well be back to throw a sizeable cat among the pigeons following his first round smash.
And then there is the Brat Pack. The GTi Challenge Class C mob and their swarm of Golf 1s is the epitome of door-banging close racing action and this season’s results show it with three different winners in the first three races. Ebrahim Levy (Jive Armien Levy) and Greatsoft Payroll duo Jarred Simpson and the returning Brian Morgan have each tasted victory, while Dewald Lubbe (Combustion Technology) Gideon Serfontein (Goeie Hoop Onderdele) and Gert du Plessis (Cash Cars) have all been right up there too.
Talking about testing and development, several other Class C lads have been putting in the hours since the last race, including the ever-improving Dillon Joubert (Powder Coating World/TAC Steel), Dillon Jeary (Lucan Racing), Francois Erasmus (QTech/Modjets/GAP) and 15-year old Giordano Lupini (Monroe/Bakkie & Car magazine), while Matthew Curry (Omega) and Mike Venlet should be back on track following their monster crash with Damien Lopez that stopped the opening race of the season.
All things considered — their hunger to get back racing after that long break in particular — the GTi Challenge gang is bound to star as always when it races as part of a varied and spectacular at Killarney Wingfield Motors Powerseries topped off by the Mopar Cape 3-hour racing into the night Saturday 14 May.
See you at Killarney!