Tight at the top of MotorMart VW Challenge table

As the 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge Championship approaches the two-thirds mark, two drivers have emerged at the top of the overall standings. Headed to the sixth round, which will take place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 17 August, Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) leads the overall standings by just four points from Stiaan Kriel (MotorMart/Kalex Polo). The pair have a substantial lead over the chasing pack, which is headed by Jacques Smith (Dirt Nurse Polo) who is 27 points behind Kriel. Things are tight behind Smith with just eight points separating the next five drivers. Bevin Masters (The CPS Warehouse Polo) is just a point behind Smith with Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Racing/Fuchs Lubricants Polo) another two points back in fifth. Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo), who missed the last round due to engine failure during Friday practice, remains in sixth another two points back with Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts Polo) a further three points adrift. Dawie Van der Merwe (Lee Thompson Racing Polo) rounds out the top eight a point behind Meintjes.

Rory Atkinson leads Bevin Masters
Rory Atkinson leads Bevin Masters

Atkinson has led the way in Class A since the opening round back in February and had built up a 32-point lead over Masters who has Ramsay just two points behind him. Meintjes is next up, five points further back in fourth. Others who will be looking to add to their points tallies at Zwartkops include Mohamed Dangor (MotorMart Polo), Chris Dale (Blue Belt/Pozidrive Polo), Gavin Ross (Norbrake/Metal Used Spares Polo) and Ronaldo Verolini (Polo).

Stiaan Kriel
Stiaan Kriel

Kriel completely dominated Class B at Red Star Raceway last time out and, aided by Holliday Jnr’s misfortune, has extended his lead at the top of the class standings over Smith to 27 points. Holliday Jnr is a further five points adrift. Stuart Mack (Race Technology Polo) is the best of the rest, 26 points behind Holliday Jnr. He is followed by Deon Holliday Snr (Centparts Centurion Polo) and Richie Napier (SA Pool Liners/Bodyline Polo) with Charisse van der Merwe (GTR Performance Polo) and Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo) in seventh and eighth in the standings. Others who will be hunting for Class B points include Robbie da Silva (MotorMart Polo), Elna Croeser (Race Technology SA Polo), Ashraf Sadick and Reead Essop in the Future Phambili/Signlink Polos, and Sohel Patel (Polo). Nicholas Cleery, who made his MotorMart VW Challenge debut at Red Star Raceway, will be back for another outing in his Sovereign Foods Polo.

Dawie van der Merwe
Dawie van der Merwe

Dawie Van der Merwe (Lee Thompson Racing Polo) is slowly building a lead at the head of Class C and now has a 13-point advantage over Andy Gossman (Allwagen Parts Polo). Farhaan Basha (Motronix Polo) is next up, five points behind Gossman with Reno van Heerden (Taurus Polo) in fourth. Zaeem Goolam (Dicktator Polo) and Adriaan de Beer (Polo) will also be hunting for as many points as they can get..

As usual, Friday will be dedicated to practise sessions, before the serious business gets underway on Saturday. The drivers will head onto the 2.4km long Zwartkops circuit for qualifying at 08h55 before the opening race of the day at 11h40. The second of the 10-lap races is scheduled to start at 15h05.