Round 4, We Want Some More....
Saturday 9th June will see the 4th round of the Cape’s most wildly popular Burly Pro Gti Challenge at the Killarney International Raceway in conjunction with the Wingfield Motors Power Series.
Spectators and fans can be assured that this round will definitely see the staggered start procedure being tested as the series officials have followed all the correct procedures & channels to ensure it will be carried out on race day. The procedure will see all 3 classes grouped together and separated by 4 grid slots. There will also be a 5s delay between starts allowing each class to have their own race and giving the drivers an equal chance of fighting for victory.
But due to the nature of the day’s busy programme, the drivers will be on the night shift as Qualifying is set to take place on Friday afternoon at 17:15pm. The setting sun will definitely hamper visibility for the drivers and presents a great twist for the 1st starting positions.
In Class A veteran Jano van der Westhuizen (Wingfield Motors/Kwikfix Polo Vivo) will be looking to make up for his previous round woes, but will have his work cut out as the lightening quick Jurie “Umpie” Swart Jnr (Alpine Autohaus Polo Classic) is set to return for this round. But the front at the fight could get even bigger as Chris Roberts (Roberts Racing Jetta II) robbed himself of victory after incurring 2 jump start penalties.
Coming off his 1st win of the season, an eager Colin Nicholas Meder (International Tube Technology Polo 6R) will be looking to keep his winning streak alive as the wonderkid is finding new pace with each session in his vehicle. Also keen on getting back onto the top step in the good Dr. Johan Pretorius in the first of the Universial Healthcare Racing Group Polo 6R’s with team mate Francios “Trappies” van Tonder looking for a good clean round this time out. Also on the hunt for better fortunes is Paulus Franken (Manitou Group Polo 6R) who was plagued with technical issues.
In Class B current class champion Eden Thompson (Somerset Refrigeration/MAD performance Golf I GTi) took a double victory and also took over the lead of the overall championship. But the champ will not have it easy as 2018 class rookie sensation Gideon Serfontien (Goeiehoop Onderdele Golf II GTi) recorded his first DNS. With his vehicle repaired the Class C graduate is looking to step up to the top step on Saturday. But surprises have been rife this season thus far as star child 17 year old Divan Lazarus (Cheapercars Jetta II) narrowly missed out on his maiden class victory. Mario Roux (Automar Jetta II) managed to salvage a podium after his woeful start, looking for a better run of fortune going into round 4.
2017 rookie Grant Cloete (Upstream Connect Golf I GTi) will be seeking a repeat performance and return to the podium as he edges closer to the leading bunch with 2017 sensation Mr Consistency Wayne Field (Coetzee’s Auto Coachworks Golf II GTi) back in a freshly repaired vehicle.
In Class C which is synonymous for Chaos, Controversy and brute racing antics, the fans and crowd can prepare themselves for another round of red hot racing from the most fiercest class in the Western Cape’s Main Circuit series.
Current class and overall champion Marco Busi (Automan Golf I GTi) still leads the class championship but wants to return to the top of the overall leaderboard as well. Not an easy task at all when you have a 7 car dog fight for the lead in a class which is not shy to trade paint for supremacy and class honours. 15 year old younger brother Dario in an identical Golf I GTi has tasted victory and will be looking to taste it once again on Saturday. But the Automan brothers have the likes of Bryan Morgan (Greatsoft Payroll Golf I GTi), Brett Roach (Mutual Car Valet Golf I GTi) and Christopher Swart (Village Paint & Hardware Edgemead Golf I GTi). All ex overall champions and capable of turning the title fight on its head.
A surprise on the entrants list as series Chairman Zaki Hendricks (Cheapercars/Wheelworx Golf I GTi) has entered for this round with a loan car from vice chairman Gert du Plessis. Hendricks has been out of action for almost 2 and half years and with the fight in class an absolute war zone, does he have the pace to run with the best in class?
Looking for a return of good fortune is Giordano Lupini (SA Accelerate Gasoline Golf I GTi) who blew an engine in qualifying last round. Young Lupini will be looking to challenge for a podium on race day. Completing the class line up is Ian Kapp (Hydracor Hydraulics Golf I GTi) and Paul Winter (Golf I GTi).
Be sure not to miss another epic showdown of the wildly spectacular Burly Pro Gti Challenge with qualifying taking place on Friday afternoon at 17:15pm, heat 1 @ 13:35pm followed by heat 2 @ 17:20pm.
Game on... Let slip the dogs of war!
- Written By: Byron Wanza