Sunday, 05 August 2018 05:00

The Drive to Round 5

The Drive to Round 5

The Burly Pro Gti Challenge has reached the halfway mark of the 2018 season which has produced nothing short of
some magnificent close knit racing and enthralling nail biting battles on circuit. Round 5 is set to take place on July
14 th in conjunction with the Wingfield Motors Power Series at the Killarney International Raceway.
If the 1 st half of the season is anything to go by, the masses can expect sheer driving finesse in all 3 classes as the
championship battles heat up. Its every driver for himself as each one is on the hunt for that all elusive victory and
class honours.
In class A, it was the anticipated wildcard entry of Nian “RaceMuis” du Toit (Cheapercars/Paint Chemistry Jetta III)
who is unable to compete on a regular basis due to work obligations. After such a long break from series, can
RaceMuis still take the fight to the front runners? Arch rival Jano van der Westhuizen (Wingfield Motors/Kwikfix Polo
Vivo) will most certainly take the fight to du Toit. Van der Westhuizen currently leads the class championships by a
mere 5 points from another driver who seems to get stronger with each passing heat. Colin Nicholas Meder
(International Tube Technology Polo 6R) has tasted victory already this season, and with only 5 points between him
and the class log leader, Meder will stop at nothing to reduce the deficit.
But as history has proven, the results are unpredictable as another threat to the championship fight in the form of
Jurie “Umpie” Swart Jr (Alpine Autohaus Polo Classic) who is highly keen to make up for his round 4 woes. Also
getting closer to the front and has proved to be on par with the front runners is Chris Roberts (Roberts Racing Jetta
II) who will be looking to return to the top step. Making his debut for the 2018 season is ex series sponsor Arthur C
Roberts “The Russian” in an identical car to that of son Chris. Due to woek obligations, The Russian was unable to
make the previous rounds and therefore has a huge score to settle on the black stuff. Completing the class line up is
1 half of the Universal Healthcare Racing Team, Francois “Trappies” van Tonder.
In Class B, current class champion Eden Thompson (Somerset Refrigeration/MAD Performance Golf I GTi) not only
leads the class champions, but also the overall championship. Thompson comes fresh off double victory in round 4
and seems unstoppable as the young ace aims for his maiden overall championship title. But its easier said than
done as class rookie Gideon Serfontein (Goeiehoop Onderdele Golf II GTi) had a miserable 2 nd heat in round 4 when
his fight was ended prematurely due to poor visibility and malfunctioning windscreen wipers. Although the rookie
has only 1 win to his season, the class C graduate has proven to be more than just a contender. Mario Roux
(Automar Jetta II) is also looking to return to the top step after having being dealt an unlucky twist of fate on the
warm up lap of the 1 st heat in round 4. Looking for better luck this round, Roux has the potential to turn the title fight
on its head come race day.
But this season has shown that there is truly no predictable outcome as another threat in the form of ex stockcar
driver, 17 year old Divan Lazarus (Cheapercars Jetta II) who on a number of occasions has been right at the centre of
the fight for victory. Although the wonder kid has yet to claim his maiden class victory, the hunger within makes
Lazarus a real threat to the front runners. Edging ever closer to the front is 2017 sensation Mr Consistency Wayne
Field (Coetzee’s Auto Coachworks Golf II GTi) along with Grant Cloete (Upstream Connect Golf I GTi) who has also
been on the podium. Should the front pack run into issues, Field and Cloete could find themselves in podium
contention. Series Sponsor Emile Assure (Burly Pro Suspensions/Krisp Vehicle Cooling Polo 6R) has also shown some
amazing pace of late and along with the Field and Cloete also has a podium to his list of accolades.
Fast becoming the premier class of the Western Cape’s Main Circuit series, the wolfpack in class C are most likely to
be the talk of the town on raceday. With battles so closely contested, it’s yet another unpredictable scenario as the
fight for the lead could go to anyone of 5 fiery fast drivers. What a controversial season it has been for the current
class and overall champion Marco Busi (Automan Golf I GTi) who still leads the class championship but however sits
2 nd in the overall championship after round 4. This is the first time since the beginning of the 2017 season the Busi
has not lead the overall standings. But this round the 2017 champ plans to crawl his way back to the top of the lader
board as he looks for another clean run come race day.
However the 2017 champion could find trouble lurking from inside his own camp as younger sibling Dario in an
identical Golf I GTi aims to return to the top step of the rostrum and claw back some vital championship points. With

the Busi brothers sitting 1, 2 in the championship, can the rest of the wolfpack put a stop to their dominance. The
most likely names which come into play are both ex overall champions Jacques Geldenhuys (Ferroli/G&A Motorsport
Golf I GTi) and Christopher Swart (Village Paint & Hardware Edgemead Golf I GTi) who have both taken the fight to
the brothers and are well capable of stealing that elusive victory.
Another contender for the podium is wildcard entry Ebrahim Levy (Armien Levy Motorsport Golf I GTi) who returns
to the series for the 1 st time this season. On the hunt for victory is ex VW Cup campaigner Giordano Lupini (SA
Accelerate Special Gasoline/CIR Construction Golf I GTi) after clinching a podium in the wet last round. Getting closer
to the front pack is 2017 rookie Ian Kapp (Hydracor Hydraulics Golf I GTi) who has shown some impressive
consistency this season. Also making crucial progress is Paul Winter (Golf I GTi) as the returning driver gets to grips
with his new vehicle. Finishing up the class line up after a 2 year sabbatical from racing is Matthew Curry (Omega Air
Golf I GTi).
With each class having good entrants all round, the masses will be in for yet another show stopping performance
from the Cape’s most wildly popular main circuit series. The Burly Pro Gti Challenge will be 1 st out the gates on
Saturday 14 th July with qualifying scheduled to commence @ 8:00am sharp followed by heat 1 @ 10:10am and the
2 nd heat @14:50pm.

- Written By: Byron Wanza

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:11