Almost six months to the day after their last outing, over 30 eager Pozidrive VW Challenge drivers will return to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 12 September for the third round of their 2020 championship.
After two rounds of the championship, Rory Atkinson (BHIT VW Polo) leads the championship standings just two points ahead of Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo). Bevin Masters (The CPS Warehouse Polo) is next in the standings a point ahead of Dawie van der Merwe (Universal Racing Polo) with Robbie da Silva (Motormart/SRK Polo) a further two points back in fifth. Lady racers Robyn Kriel (T-Rex Racing/Creative Ink/Kalex Polo) and Elna Croeser (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo) jointly occupy sixth on the championship log.
Atkinson has claimed the Class A victory in three of the four heats held so far this season and will be looking to keep that run of form going this weekend. The only man to beat him this year, Lyle Ramsay, will not be in action at Zwartkops, but Atkinson certainly won’t have things all his own way at the front of the field. His main competition is likely to come from Bevin Masters and van der Merwe with Wayne Masters (Performance Masters Polo) and Waldie Meintjes (Bluebelt PoziDrive Polo) also capable of running at the front of the field. Mike Barbaglia (Litemart Polo), Chris Dale (Pozidrive VW Polo), Derick Smalberger (Sabertek Polo), Pierluigi Muzzulini (FSS International Polo) and Mohamed Dangor (T-Rex Racing/Creative Ink Polo) will all be hunting for as many championship points as possible.
As has become the norm, the competitive Class B will have the biggest entry. Like Atkinson in Class A, Holliday has won three of the four races this season and has opened up a 19-point lead over da Silva at the top of the class standings. Kriel and Croeser are three points further back in third. The leading quartet will face some stiff competition this time out, with Stuart Mack (Bluebelt Pozidrive) keen to make up for the mishap that cost him points at the last outing. Farhhaan Basha (Motronix Polo) has had a tough start to the season, although he did manage a podium finish in his last outing. Gavin Ross (Norbrake/Metal Used Spares Polo), Dino Smit (JRT Racing Polo) and Leon Odendaal, who is making a welcome return to the VW Challenge in his Bluebelt Pozidrive Polo, will all be looking for good results as will the father and son duo of Mitch and Ethan Coetzee (JRT Polo) and Bryce Pillay (FK Automotive Polo) and Chris Davison (Himoinsa South Africa Polo). Others in the Class B line up include Elio Muzzulini (FSS International Polo), Lindsay Clur (Mirage Leisure Polo), Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo), Mauritz Nigrini (Dynamic Aircons/Creative Ink Polo) and newcomers Leyton Fourie (Signature Motorsport Polo) and Amman Sayad (Polo).
Class C regulars Andy Gossman (Bluebelt Pozidrive Polo), Philip Croeser (ATE Brakes Polo) and Adriaan de Beer (Zonke WiFi Polo) will be joined by Roland Hopkins (Rietchard Scrap Metals Polo), Eric Gandor (Litemart Polo), Mohammed Karodia (Fats 5 Motorsport) and Charl Anderson (Polo) at Zwartkops.
After getting their cars set up during the practice sessions on Friday, the drivers will tackle a qualifying session at 15h25. The first of the two 10-lap races is scheduled to get underway at 09h00 on Saturday with the second on the card at 14h15. All sporting events in South Africa still have to comply with the regulations imposed by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, which means that no spectators can be present at Zwartkops.