Almost 40 MotorMart VW Challenge competitors will make their way down to Cape Town for the third round of the 2018 championship which takes place at Killarney Raceway on Saturday, 21 April.
Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) heads the overall points standings, just two points ahead of Roberto Joaquim (Cool Freeze/Auto Aircon Polo) who is, in turn, two points ahead of Stiaan Kriel (Pozidrive/Kalex Polo). Consistent, points scoring finishes see Waldie Meintjes (Dimension Signs Polo) in fourth place, a point further back. He has Chris Dale (Blue Belt/Pozidrive Polo) just another point further back with Jacques Smith (BPM Engineering Polo) another two points back. With just eight points separating the top six, no clear championship favourite has emerged yet.
Atkinson and Kriel both suffered mechanical issues at the last round at Zwartkops and will e hoping that the problems will not recur in the Cape as they fight for the class A championship lead. They, however, are not going to have things their own way. Meintjes finished on the podium in both races last time out and will be looking to continue that run of form. Nic Clarke (Avo Performance Suspension Polo) has shown an impressive turn of speed this year but has also suffered a few teething problems in his new class A car. He hoping those have been cured and he can grab a bag full of points in Cape Town and move up from fourth place on the class A log. Wayne Masters (Performance Masters Polo) lies fifth in class A ahead of Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Racing/Fuchs Polo) who bounced back with two podium finishes at Zwartkops after brake problems prevented him from scoring a point at the opening round.
Joaquim still leads class B despite not having a great round at Zwartkops, his great performance at the opening round providing a bit of a buffer over the chasing pack which is led by Dale with Smith now in third after his double victory last time out. John Johnstone (Zontes Golf) lies in fourth just ahead of Jason Finey who made a one-off appearance at Zwartkops. Next up is Deon Holliday Jnr who had his first outing of the year in his (Monitor Net Polo) at the second round.
Philip Croeser (ATE Polo) has won class C in all four races this season but almost certainly won’t have things quite as at Killarney. In addition to regular rival Christiaan de Wet (MotorMart Klerksdorp Polo), the new cars of Andy Gossman (Dimension Signs Polo) and Andre Needham (MotorMart Polo) should be on the grid as well.
As usual, Friday will be dedicated to practice sessions before the serious part of the event gets underway on Saturday morning when the drivers head out for a 15-minute qualifying session at 10h30. This will be followed by two 10-lap races, the first scheduled for 14h05 with the second at 17h25.
The VW Challenge would like to acknowledge the valuable support of their sponsors, MotorMart, ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Yaskawa, BPM Engineering, Pozidrive and Norbrake who make the series possible.