Saturday April 13 th is the date set for the 3 rd round of the wildly popular Burly Pro Gti Challenge 2019 season to be run in
conjunction with the Wingfield Motors Power Series at the Killarney International Raceway. With only 2 rounds
concluded, the championship has already produced some sizzling entertainment for the masses.
This Saturday will be no different in class A as the old warhorse Nian “Race Muis” du Toit (Cheapercars/Allied Fibreglass
Jetta III) holds a slender 4 point lead to Jurie “Umpie” Swart (Alpine Autohaus Polo 6R) as the Polo Cup campaigner
fought back in spectacular fashion to close down the advantage to Race Muis. With a top 10 finish over the past
weekend in the Polo Cup series, Umpie has the confidence boost needed to go into this round and possibly snatch the
championship lead from Race Muis.
But consistency has also proved vital as 3 rd in class Christopher Swart (Village Paint & Hardware Edgemead Jetta II) has 2
podium finishes and has not finished out of the top 4. The 2013 overall champion has proven that he has got the pace to
hang with the leading pack and will definitely fight for the victory come race day. However the top 3 will not have it easy
as series veteran Jano van der Westhuizen (Wingfield Motors/Kwikfix Polo Vivo) also looks to return to the top step as
round 2 saw the Polo Cup Campaigner narrowly miss out on victory after a scorching battle with both Umpie & Race
Looking for some well needed redemption is young superstar Colin Nicholas Meder (International Tube Technology
Polo 6R) after a disastrous 2 nd round saw the wonderkid record a double DNF after encoutering braking issues. Looking
to return to the podium, Meder has a score to settle this Saturday. Getting closer to the leaders is another well known
series competitor Chris Roberts (Roberts Racing Jetta II) as Roberts shows great signs of pace and is definitely a podium
Completing the class lineup is CHD chairman Francois “Trappies” van Tonder (Universal Healthcare Racing Polo 6R) as
the ex Clubmans champion looks for some new found pace and fight for the podium.
In class B, air tight is an understatement as the top 3 in class are only separated by a single point. Currently tied for the
class lead is current class C champion Marco Busi (Automan Polo Playa) and current overall champion Eden Thompson
(Somerset Refrigeration/MAD Performance Golf I GTi) with series chairman Zaki “Mr Worx” Hendricks (Wheelworx Mag
Repair Centre Polo Classic) in 3 rd . Mr Worx has yet to clinch victory and this Saturday could see the chairman’s luck
change as he has the pace to run with the best in class.
But with the strongest field in recent years, 2 more names could see the class fight become a fatal 5 way tussle as class C
graduate Gideon Serfontein (Goeiehoop Onderdele Golf II GTi) returned to competition in fine style and clinched victory.
However the 2 nd heat had a complete change of fortune when a coming together with Mario Roux (Automar Automotive
Selling Jetta II) saw both Serfontein & Roux retire from the heat with damage.
As hot as the front runners are, the class B lower order drivers have also put on a spectacular display of driving as series
sponsor Grant Cloete (Upstream Connect Golf I GTi) found himself in podium contention until his gearbox let go. This
then saw class rookie Marc Thompson (Somerset Refrigeration/MAD Performance Polo Classic) claim his maiden podium
as yet again consistency proved pivotal. Nobody knows this better than Mr Consistency himself Wayne Field (Coetzee’s
Auto Coachworks Jetta II) who returns to action after a blown cylinder head saw the 2017 sensation forced to withdraw
from the previous round.
Unbeaten in the “controversial” class C is Vega University Bcomm student & Franschhoek resident Giordano Lupini (SA
Accelerate/CIR Construction/LaVie de Luc Golf I GTi) who came from a Friday practice crash to take a clean sweep of
points. Unfazed by his Friday woes, the ex karter remained unbeaten to not only take over the class lead but also the
overall championship lead.
But young Lupini is well aware that there are some hungry drivers looking to break his lucky streak. Gunning for victory
is the lightening quick Jarred Simpson (Greenz Plumbing/Cape Refactory Golf I GTi) as Simpson has not finished off the
podium. But a strong performance from class rookie and ex karter Jason Coetzee (Automan Golf I GTi) sees the
youngster also in the fight for class honours.
But the wolfpack is synonymous for hard racing as podium contenders Paul Winter (Shorty Smalls Racing Golf I GTi), Alfie
van Zyl (CD Motorsport/GT Graphics Golf I GTi), Ian Kapp (Hydracor Hydraulics Golf I GTi) & series vice chairman Gert du
Plessis (Cheapercars Golf I GTi) look to fight fiercely come race day.
Completing the class lineup is Kyle Wiltshire (Flatline Racing Golf I GTi) & Daniel Munna (ISE Group Golf I GTi).
With yet another strong field of competitors complied, the action is sure to explode on circuit. Be sure not to miss the 3 rd
round of the wildly popular Burly Pro Gti Challenge…
Load em’ up, and let em’ ride…..
– Written By; Byron Wanza