Whatcheapercars GTi Challenge Round 5 Preview
WhereKillarney International Raceway
WhenSaturday 10 July 2021
CommunityWestern Cape Regional

The GTi gang is ready for a lockdown wrought

The GTI Challenge is ready to race at Killarney’s 10 July Power in spite of the heightened recent lockdown restrictions. Like many other sporting events, regional motor racing may go ahead in terms of the new Level 4 regulations, so rest assured of among the weekend’s best action when the GTi gang takes to the track.

It’s also the mid point of the 2021 GTI Challenge season, with tight tussles throughout the championship table, not least of all in the Class A and B chases. It’s all to play for in Class A as leader Marco Busi looks to bounce back after losing a wheel following an axle failure on his Automan Polo 6 Cup last time out to allow arch rival and race 1 winner, Jurie ‘Umpie’ Swart to cut his title deficit to just five points in his Alpine Autohaus Polo 6 Cup.

Umpie did not win the second race however, that honour went to Swart’s karting rival Jason Coetzee, who stole a maiden win aboard his Mint Wraps JC Coachworks Polo 6 Cup, to move to third in the Class A title race. He's going to have his work cut out to stay there however, with Colin Nicholas Meder’s ITT Polo 6 Cup, Dillon Joubert and his Powder Coating World TAC Steel Polo 6 Cup, rookie karting graduate Kai van Zyl's Unlimited Racing Angri Polo 6 Cup and odd man out Mario Roux and his Automar Jetta 3 CLI all within a handful of points.

Class B is even tighter as four-time GTI Challenge Class B and overall champion Eden Thompson and his MAD Somerset Refrigeration Polo 6 holds a slender four point advantage over former Class C champion Giordano Lupini's Bullion IT Banhoek Chilli Oil Jetta 2 CLI. Lupini missed the first round, but he and Thompson have each won three races of the past six in another key championship battle.

The ever-consistent Ian Kapp has meanwhile put together a splendid championship challenge in his Hydracor Polo 5 and sits perfctly poised in third ahead of Jaco Lambert’s TL Autocare and Byron Mitchell’s Dolphin Engineering Golf 1 GTis. Behind them, Grant Cloete’s Upstream Connect Golf 2 GTi, lady racer Nadia Nair’s Polo Playa, Brent van der Schyff's Magmaster PG and Marc Thompson's Somerset Refrigeration Polo Classics, and Wayne Field’s Coetzee’s Coachworks Jetta 2 CLI are in a tight battle for sixth in Class. 

If ever there was a definition for crunching, that applies to the GTI Challenge Class C Brat Pack. Somehow through all of that exclusive Golf Mk. 1 GTI action, one-time motocross rider Kyle Wiltshire has amassed enough points to lead the overall championship over Busi, Swart, Thompson and Lupini. Wiltshire's closest Class C rival, South African Senior Max karting champion and GTi rookie Tate Bishop sits sixth overall and second in Class C in his Angri machine.

Class C has been anything but subtle so far this year, with incidents, accidents and roll-overs dime a dozen as the likes of another rookie Schalk Geldenhuys and veteran dad Jacques in their white and red G&A Motorsport GTis, and senior drivers Alfie van Zyl and CarSmith man Colin Smith in pursuit. Add another wild ex-motocosser Nathan Victor’s Summit Florstore car, quick Chase Herholdt's NDR Golf and Matthew Rowe's Veldt Reared machine, light the blue touch paper and step back five paces at the very least!

Sadly spectators are not allowed at sporting events, even less so now as even competitors are limited to just three people per entry. But be sure to tune in to the Power Tour live streaming direct on the Killarney International Raceway Facebook page to ease those lockdown blues on Saturday 10 July. The GTI Challenge never fails to disappoint!


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