After a six-week break since their last outing down at Killarney, the MotorMart VW Challenge competitors return to Midvaal Raceway, the venue of the season opener back in February, on Saturday, 2 June for the fourth round of their 2018 championship.
Consistent podium finishes, barring one race where he had a mechanical problem, have given Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) the lead in the overall standings. He has an eight-point advantage over Stiaan Kriel (Pozidrive/Kalex Polo). Kriel is in turn, three points ahead of Jacques Smith (BPM Engineering Polo) who has turned his season around after leaving Midvaal at the beginning of the year without a point on the board. Waldie Meintjes (Dimension Signs Polo) is in fourth, two points behind Smith with Roberto Joaquim (Cool Freeze/Auto Aircon Polo) and Chris Dale (Blue Belt/Pozidrive Polo) a further two points back, tied for fifth.
Atkinson leads Kriel in the class A standings with Meintjes in third. Former champion Nic Clarke (Avo Performance Suspension Polo), who has had an up-and-down season, is next up ahead of Wayne Masters (Performance Masters Polo) and Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Racing/Fuchs Polo), who has also had more than his fair share of mechanical misfortunes this season. The six of them should be at the front of the field on Saturday but, with 10 other class A cars on the entry list, nothing is certain.
Joaquim had a great start to the season at Midvaal, winning both races, but since then he has had mixed fortunes. He is four points behind Smith on the class B log and will be looking to close that gap and put some distance between himself and Dale. Behind the leading trio, the father and son Holliday duo are separated by just a point, Deon Jnr in fourth in his Monitor Net Polo ahead of Deon Snr in the Nathan’s Motorsport Polo. John Johnstone (Zontes Golf) rounds out the top six.
Philip Croeser (ATE Polo) leads the way in class C from Christiaan de Wet (MotorMart Klerksdorp Polo) and Andy Gossman (Dimension Signs Polo). They are going to be joined in the grid by Andre Needham in another MotorMart Klerksdorp Polo.
After Friday’s practice sessions, the serious business of the weekend gets underway on Saturday morning at 08h30 when the 20-minute qualifying session starts. The first of the two 10-lap races is scheduled to begin at 11h35 with race 2 on the programme at 15h05.