MotorMart VW Challenge heads east

The MotorMart VW Challenge competitors will make their way to Red Star Raceway, east of Delmas in Mpumalanga, for the fifth round of the 2019 championship on Saturday, 20 July. Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) started the defence of his title in the best way possible, winning the opening four races of the season, but since then he has faced some stiff competition. He has still managed to keep accumulating points and leads the overall championship standings by nine points from Stiaan Kriel (MotorMart/Kalex Polo) with Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo) a further nine points back in third place. Jacques Smith (Dirt Nurse Polo) occupies fourth, just two points behind Holliday Jnr with Bevin Masters (The CPS Warehouse Polo) and Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts Polo) sharing fifth place.

Rory Atkinson
Rory Atkinson

Atkinson remains comfortably on top of the Class A standings 31 points ahead of Masters and Meintjes. Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Racing/Fuchs Lubricants Polo) seems to have overcome the mechanical problems that plagued him in the early part of the season and, after two wins at Zwartkops last time out, he has moved up to fourth in the standings, just a point behind Masters and Meintjes. Jean-Pierre van der Walt (Platinum Wheels Polo) and Mohamed Dangor (MotorMart Polo) are next up and will be looking for as many points as possible at Red Star. Others who will be in the hunt for Class A points include Mike Barbaglia (Litemart Polo), Chris Dale (Blue Belt/Pozidrive Polo), Derick Smalberger (Sabertek Polo) and Eric Gander (MyDNA My Choices Polo).

Stiaan Kriel
Stiaan Kriel

Despite dropping points in the opening race of the day last time out, Kriel still leads Class B by nine points from Holliday Jnr with Smith just two points further back. They are likely to be joined at the front of the field by Stuart Mack (Race Technology Polo), Deon Holliday Snr (Centparts Centurion Polo) and Charisse van der Merwe (GTR Performance Polo) with Richie Napier (SA Pool Liners/Bodyline Polo) also someone to watch as is Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo). Piet Potgieter (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo), Robbie da Silva (MotorMart Polo), Elna Croeser (Race Technology SA Polo), Lindsay Clur (Mirage Leisure Polo), Ashraf Sadick and Reead Essop in the Future Phambili/Signlink Polos, and Sohel Patel (Polo) will also be out to garner as many points as they can.

Dawie van der Merwe and Farhaan Basha fight for the lead
Dawie van der Merwe and Farhaan Basha fight for the lead

After two hard-fought wins at Zwartkops, Dawie Van der Merwe (Lee Thompson Racing Polo) has managed to open an eight-point lead at the top of the Class C standings. Andy Gossman (Allwagen Parts Polo) and Farhaan Basha (Motronix Polo) are separated by just two points in second and third with Reno van Heerden (Taurus Polo) in fourth. Zaeem Goolam (Dicktator Polo) and newcomer Adriaan de Beer (Polo) will also be looking for points-paying finishes.

After Friday’s practice sessions, qualifying will get Saturday’s activities underway at 08h40. The drivers will form up for the opening 8-lap race at 11h40 with race 2 scheduled to start at 15h10.