The 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge gets underway at Red Star Raceway on Saturday 16 February when over 35 of South Africa’s most competitive racing Volkswagens are expected to line up for the first round of the championship.
2019 champion Rory Atkinson (VW Polo) will be back to defend his overall and class A championships. In class A he will be facing stiff competition from Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Racing/Fuchs Lubricants Polo) and Bevin Masters (The CPS Warehouse Polo). Others who could pose a challenge include Gavin Ross (Norbrake/Metal Used Spares Polo), Jean-Pierre van der Walt (Platinum Wheels Polo) and Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts Polo). Series sponsor Mohamed Dangor has made the step up to class A and his will be out in the MotorMart Klerksdorp VW Polo campaigned with some success by Stiaan Kriel last year. Marc Ackerman (Evolution Group/Raleigh Polo) and Mike Barbaglia (Litemart Polo) will also be fighting for class A points.
In 2018 class B proved to be the most competitive category with the championship only decided in the final race. Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo) is aiming to retain that title although Jacques Smith (Dirt Nurse Polo) will be out to improve on his runner up spot. Stiaan Kriel (MotorMart/Kalex Polo) has made the move to class B and must be considered a real contender for championship honours. Both Chris Dale (Blue Belt Pozidrive Polo) and Stuart Mack (Race Technology Polo) turned in some impressive results in 2018 and will be looking to build on those this season. Elna Croeser (Race Technology Polo), Deon Holliday Snr (Centparts Centurion Polo), Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo) and a host of newcomers will keep the leading contenders honest.
Class C started 2018 with a new 1600 cc motor and, from small beginnings, grew throughout the season. That growth has continued into 2019 and at least six cars should be on the grid at Red Star. Regular contender Philip Croeser (ATE Brakes Polo) will be joined by Andy Gossman (Allwagen Parts Polo), Dawie van der Merwe (Polo), Fahaan Basha (Motronix Polo), Reno van Heerden (Polo) and Zaeem Goolam (Praga Karts Polo).
As usual, the competitors will use Friday to get their cars set up for the Red Star circuit that the series last visited in 2017 before the serious business of qualifying gets underway at 08h05 on Saturday morning. The first of the two 8-lap races is scheduled to start at 11h20, with the second race on the card at 15h55.