WhatGlobal Touring Cars Round 3 Preview
WhereAldo Scribante, Gqeberha EP
WhenSaturday 29 May 2021
CommunitySouth Africa National

Robbie chasing elusive race victory to win back title lead

Investchem Racing heads to Gqeberha’s Aldo Scribante National Extreme Festival third round Global Touring Car races with three of its drivers in the championship top four. Chemical Logistics Toyota Corolla duo Robert Wolk and Scott Temple sit second and fourth with Wolk just one point off the championship lead, each side of teammate Julian van der Watt’s Europerformance RDSA Investchem Ford Focus. All three Investchem drivers sit within 12 points of the championship lead, too.

But while Robert Wolk may be right in the championship chase, he’s becoming frustrated at not having won a race yet in 2021. “Yes, we've had a great run and I'm delighted with progress so far,” Robbie admitted. “But I also need to get that monkey off my back and actually win a race this year! “I’ve had three seconds and a fourth, won the Killarney weekend overall and took a fastest lap point too.

“But I need to shed my bridesmaid’s veil and also retake the title lead from Michael van Rooyen’s Gazoo Corolla. “We have put the effort in and even travelled to PE early to test my Chemical Logistics Corolla with the WCT Engineering team to find that extra tiny bit we're missing. Let’s hope that our efforts pay off and that I can snatch that elusive win at Aldo Scribante this weekend.”

Julian van der Watt has his last weekend in the Investchem Focus before swapping seats with Scott Temple to drive the second Chemical Logistics Corolla for the next three meetings. “To say the first two races have proven beyond expectation would be the understatement of the season,” Julian grinned. “We won our second race in an untried car, backed it up with another podium and had a fastest lap. “I’m just ten points off the title lead and keen to end my Ford stint on a high."

Scott Temple enjoyed the race of his life last time out. “Zwartkops was a dream race weekend,” Scott explained. “The WCT team did an incredible job to come back from a first race first corner shunt to win the second reverse grid race from pole position. “That was my first GTC win and a lights to flag victory at that and now that I have tasted success, I'm hungry for more. “I just can’t wait for PE!”

Team manager Stuart Thompson has led the chase for a better race set-up, especially for Robbie Wolk. “Robert has been the class of the pack in both testing and practice on single laps, but we seem to have lacked a little something in race pace.” Stuart pointed out. “Now we’ve spent a lot of time finding a better long run solution while also working on performance in the car ahead’s wake to best come from the back in the reverse grid races, so let’s see how that all pans out."

“The first two weekends have delivered among the best Global Touring Car racing we have yet seen,” Investchem Racing team boss Ian Schofield concluded. “Scott and Julian have won two of the four races this year and Rob sits a point behind the title lead in second while he chases that first win of the year, with Julian and Scott third and fourth. “Stuart and the team are doing an incredible job and I’d say we are ready for Aldo Scribante next week.” 

Spectators remain banned from racetracks, but Saturday’s Gqeberha action will be live streamed — google Extreme Festival Live to find the feed.


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