|What||National Extreme Festival 2022 Round 4 Preview|
|Where||Red Star Raceway, Delmas|
|When||Saturday 2 July 2022|
|Community||South Africa National|
Spectacular Global Touring Cars ready to steal the show in Delmas
It’s a case of wily experience versus youthful exuberance, as the Global Touring Cars head to Red Star raceway to fight out a midseason battle at the twisty 13-turn Mpumalanga circuit on Saturday 2 July. Highveld race fans can look forward to fireworks at the Delmas races.
Toyota drivers, reigning champion Robert Wolk and rookie young gun Saood Variawa will arrive separated by all of four championship points. Both of their lots are compounded by a field of rivals who have every intention of making up for early season lost ground.
Chemical Logistics Toyota Corolla GTC driver Wolk has won all three opening races so far. His young rival Variawa may not have won yet, but consistency has brought him a pair of overall winner’s trophies in the past two rounds in his Toyota Gazoo Racing Corolla GTC.
Michael van Rooyen overcame a tough start of the season to hold the field off and take the second reverse race win in his Toyota Gazoo Racing Corolla last time out at Aldo Scribante. That performance has moved the Rustenburg man into a strong effective third in the title race.
The winner of the first two reverse grid second round races of the season, Julian van der Watt however endured a torrid outing at the previous Gqeberha round in his Chemical Logistics Ford Focus RS GTC. He sits fourth in the championship chase heading to Delmas.
It’s close behind him between the consistent Andrew Rackstraw and his Chemical Logistics RDSA Audi, Brad Liebenberg, who made a late start to the season in his Hype Energy Sparco Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI GTC, and third Toyota Gazoo Racing Corolla pilot Mandla Mdakane.
Liebenberg can be expected to challenge for overall honours now that he’s getting up to speed in the new Golf. And never discount any of them in Red Star’s reverse grid second race. That one inevitably always shakes up the day’s overall order too.
Spectacular GTC travels to Red Star as part of a full Delmas National Extreme Festival racing program on Saturday 2 July. Now that sounds like a cracking day at the races!
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