Just three weeks after the opening event of the season, over 30 MotorMart VW Challenge drivers will make their way to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 9 March for round two of the 2019 championship. Rory Atkinson (BHIT Polo) leads the way in the overall championship after taking two hard-fought wins at the first round. He has a slender two-point advantage over Stiaan Kriel (MotorMart/Kalex Polo) with Deon Holliday Jnr (Monitor Net Polo) and Jacques Smith (Dirt Nurse Polo), who both claimed two Class B podium finishes last time out, five points further back in joint third.
While Atkinson was able to take two wins in Class A at Red Star Raceway and will be looking for a repeat performance at Zwartkops, there are a number of drivers who will be out to prevent him from extending his lead at the top of the championship log. Lyle Ramsay (Monroe Racing/Fuchs Lubricants Polo) claimed second place in the opening race but was prevented from adding to his points tally when his engine destroyed itself on the warm-up lap of the second race. He is more than capable of challenging Atkinson as are both Waldie Meintjes (Allwagen Parts Polo) and Bevin Masters (The CPS Warehouse Polo). JP van der Walt (Platinum Wheels Polo) is a relative newcomer to the MotorMart VW Challenge but has shown he can run at the front of the Class A field. Two fourth places at the opening round have put him into third place in the class championship. Mohamed Dangor (MotorMart Polo), who made the step up to Class A at the beginning of the year, had a good first outing in race conditions and will be a serious challenger in future races. Others who will be challenging for Class A points include Kyle Robinson (Polo), Gavin Ross (Norbrake/Metal Used Spares Polo), Marc Ackermann (Raleigh SA Polo) and Mike Barbaglia (Litemart Polo).
It is still very early in the season but, based on their performances at the opening round, Kriel, Holliday Jnr and Smith are the men to beat in Class B although there are a host of drivers in the biggest class who are snapping at their heels. Chief among those are Stuart Mack (Race Technology Polo), Deon Holliday Snr (Centparts Centurion Polo) and Chris Dale (Blue Belt Pozidrive Polo), although, with more than 15 Class B cars expected on the grid, competition will be fierce.
Dawie van der Merwe (Lee Thompson Racing Polo) will be looking to build on his great performance in the opening round to extend his lead in Class C championship. His main competition should come from Andy Gossman (Allwagen Parts Polo) and Philip Croeser (ATE Polo) with Zaeem Goolam (Praga Karts Polo) and Farhaan Basha (Motronix Polo) also out to bag as many points as possible.
As usual, the MotorMart VW Challenge competitors will be out on track on Friday for a number of practice sessions before heading out for qualifying at 08h45 on Saturday morning. The opening 10-lap race is scheduled to start at 12h20 with the second race, also over 10 laps, on the card at 15h30.