With the peaceful backdrop of Table Mountain, the iconic Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town is going to anything but peaceful this weekend as it hosts the third round of the GTC Extreme Festival.
Headlining the action on circuit will be the national championship GTC races, with Audi’s Simon Moss keen to get back to winning ways after a double at Dezzi in March, followed by a win and a big crash at Zwartkops at the beginning of April.
To do that, however, he will have to see off the new Volkswagens of Keagan Masters and Daniel Rowe, as well as a strong challenge from local hero Johan Fourie’s privateer EPS BMW.
Following mixed results at the opening two rounds, Volkswagen GTC drivers Keagan Masters and Daniel Rowe still occupy second and third on the Drivers’ standings points table respectively. Masters is just three championship points behind the current leader with Rowe a further four points back.
Collectively though, the pair has done enough to place the team in a very strong position as Volkswagen currently leads the Manufacturers’ race by a full 20 points from rivals Audi.
“So far the season has been very competitive. Both Keagan and Daniel have recorded podium finishes which earned the team a substantial amount of points, but neither have been able to win a race yet. This is something we would like to achieve in Cape Town,” commented Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport.
In the GTC2 category of the series, the kind of performance that saw the Volkswagen Golf GTi dominate the past few years seems to continue, this time with youngster Bradley Liebenberg behind the wheel. The talented driver has enjoyed a clean sweep in the first two events by claiming both pole positions and all four race wins.
This performance has earned him a full house of 100 points after two race weekends. It gets better for the Volkswagen team as the Kyocera-backed GTi of teammate Adrian Wood is currently second in the standings and he has every intention to bring Liebenberg’s winning streak to an end.
Expect even closer racing in the one-make Falken Polo Cup, where Bradley Liebenberg’s early series lead will be under threat from a host of hungry young drivers in identical cars – a perfect recipe for motoring mayhem.
The Falken Polo Cup has most definitely lived up to its reputation as the country’s most competive and exciting racing series after the first two rounds of the 2019 championship with a host of drivers all battling for victory.
But, no one has tasted victory more than Jeffrey Kruger. The defending champion claimed overall victory at Dezzi Raceway during Round 1, and followed it up with a near perfect weekend at Zwartkops that included two race wins from three starts to go with two fastest laps. The net result is a tally of 73 championship points, or 17 clear of his nearest rival, Bradley Liebenberg.
Liebenberg will once again have a busy weekend in Cape Town as he will continue to contest both the Falken Polo Cup as well as the GTC 2 series. The youngster will try to break Kruger’s winning streak while at the same time trying to maintain his own streak in GTC 2 where he has won every race so far this season.
Third on the points table is a former champion in the form of Chris Shorter, the only other driver than Kruger and Liebenberg to have won a race in 2019. The points table is a crowded place with Jason Campos, Clinton Bezuidenhout and Keegan Campos all within striking distance and rounding out the top six.
For sheer speed and spectacle, however, there is nothing to touch the sports-racing prototypes and Extreme Supercars. A number of top Gauteng Supercar competitors, including Charl Arangies in his Aston Martin as well as assorted Ferraris and Lamborghinis, have served notice on Stuart White’s ultimate lap record of 1min06.745sec, set in a Ginetta G57 in March.
Expect fireworks when Gauteng’s fastest take on the Ginettas of the regional Pirelli Sports and GT Cars on their home turf.
Another lap record under threat is the 1min09.944 benchmark set by Clinton Seller in the SuperGP motorcycle class on a Yamaha R1 in March 2018. He’ll be trying to beat his own mark, but veteran Lance Isaacs (Supabets BMW S1000 RR) and local hero David ‘McFlash’ McFadden (RPM Centre ZX-10R) will have something to say about that.
The gates open at 6.30am, racing begins at 8:00am. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate: Adults R100, scholars under 16 R40 and children under 12 free.