Round 4 of the 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge championship will take place at Zwartkops Raceway, where it will form part of the Winter Challenge Race Day on Saturday, 29 June. Defending champion Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) started the season with a bang, winning the first four races, but that run was broken last time out at Phakisa. He still leads the way in the overall standings, but Stiaan Kriel (MotorMart/Kalex Polo) has closed the gap to just three points. Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo) and Jacques Smith (Dirt Nurse Polo) are next up in third and fourth with Bevin Masters (The CPS Warehouse Polo) and Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts Polo) rounding out the top six.
In Class A, Atkinson has a comfortable lead over his closest rivals, Masters and Meintjes who know that he can be beaten after their last outing. Jean-Pierre van der Walt (Platinum Wheels Polo) had a slightly disappointing outing at Phakisa and will be looking to bounce back at Zwartkops to improve on his fourth place. Lyle Ramsay’s run of mechanical difficulties with his Monroe Racing/Fuchs Lubricants Polo seemed to come to an end in the Free State and should be able to run at the front of the field. Ramsay shares fifth place on the Class A log with Keegan Masters (Performance Masters Polo) who took a full-house of points when he made a one-off appearance in Welkom. Mohamed Dangor (MotorMart Polo) could also be up near the front of Class A.
Kriel grabbed every point that was available to him at Phakisa to lead Class B by 10 points from Holliday Jnr with Smith another five points back. The three of them are likely to be fighting for the lead again at Zwartkops although there are a number of other drivers who could challenge them. Among them are Deon Holliday Snr (Centparts Centurion Polo), Stuart Mack (Race Technology Polo) and Chris Dale (Blue Belt Pozidrive Polo) who are separated by just seven points in their battle for fourth on the Class B log. Charisse van der Merwe (GTR Performance Polo) Piet Potgieter (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo), Craig Napier (SA Pool Liners/Bodyline Polo), Robbie da Silva (MotorMart Polo) and Lindsay Clur (Mirage Leisure Polo) will also be in the hunt for as many points as possible.
Things are close at the top of the Class C log, Dawie Van der Merwe (Lee Thompson Racing Polo) leads the way by just a single point from Andy Gossman (Allwagen Parts Polo) but Farhaan Basha (Motronix Polo) has won the last three races to move up to third in the standings. Reno van Heerden (Taurus Polo), Zaeem Goolam (Dicktator Polo) and Elna Croeser (ATE Polo) round out the top six in the Class C standings and will be looking for points paying finishes.
A busy day awaits the drivers on Friday, with four 15-minute practice sessions on the cards before they go out for qualifying to determine grid positions for the first of Saturday’s two races at 16h35. The first of the two 10-lap races is scheduled to get underway at 09h35 on Saturday morning with the second at 13h00.
In addition to title sponsor MotorMart, the VW Challenge acknowledges the support from Norbrake Distributors, ATE, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, BPM Engineering, Pozi Drive, Yaskawa and Digital Forensics.