WP GTi Challenge set for explosive finale
Bryan Morgan may have wrapped up a comfortable championship when he followed Jarred Simpson and Giordano Lupini home in the respective heats last time out, but Saturday 3 December’s Bold Marine GTi Challenge races will be all about deciding the Class A and B championships, neither of which will be an easy give or a simple solution.
The battle lines are drawn tightest Class B with four drivers in strong championship contention. Eden Thompson (Golf 1 GTi) leads the way there in second position overall, but Jacques Geldenhuys (Ferroli Golf 2 GTi) and Shane du Toit (Golf 2 GTi) are respectively within 8 and 9 championship points of Thompson, with Scotty Hayes (Jetta 2 CLi) also in with a shot, just 12 points adrift, so this title could even go down to next Wednesday evening and who goes to the next post race meeting to score their bonus point or not…
Do not by any means believe that it’s just up to those four for the wins on Saturday either — Peet van der Walt (PSW Sport Polo Classic) is well capable of winning, while Cheaper Cars Golf duo Roelf Tolman and Herman Lazarus, veteran Miguel Pasqualli, Silvermoon Roofing’s son and dad Earl (Golf 1 GTi) and Norman Josephs (Polo Classic) and Wayne Field (Coetzee’s Coach Golf 2 GTi) are always there or thereabouts.
Class A is also by no means resolved and there the GTi Challenge Katzenjammer Kids Nian du Toit (Cheaper Cars Jetta 3) and Jano van der Westhuizen (Wingfield Motors Polo) are separated by just ten championship points, so the regular battle up front will be that much more significant this time out.
Trouble is, there could be a few wildcards out to upset the action up front — Kosie Weyers should be back in his Mike’s Place Most Wanted Golf 1 GTi and Polo Cup star Umpie Swart (Alpine Autohaus Polo Classic) was right in the mix last time out, as was Mario Roux (Sprayteq Autobody Jetta 2). Colin Meder has been finding his feet in his new International Tube Technology Polo, Pieter Kriel has been competitive in his Genesis Panel Golf 1 GTi and Spongebob Jetta duo, Chris Swart and Greig Edwards’ private battle will contribute to the spectacle up front.
Class C can be guaranteed to provide plenty action and intrigue as always on Saturday too, in spite of Bryan Morgan already having wrapped the class and overall titles up in his Greatsoft Payroll Golf 1 GTi. There are five or six drivers capable of winning in the Brat Pack and there is very little championship pressure left in the class chase, so Saturday will just be a race to win.
Which means that recent race winners, 16-year old Giordano Lupini (Monroe/Bakkie & Car Golf 1 GTi), Jarred Simpson (Greatsoft Golf 1 GTi ), Marco Busi (Automan Golf 1 GTi) and Ebrahim Levy (Jive Armien Levy Golf 1 GTi) will all be out to close their seasons off in style, while the rapidly improving Dillon Joubert (Powder Coating World/TAC Steel Golf) will be chasing his first win and Gideon Serfontein (Goeie Hoop Onderdele Golf 1 GTi) Gert du Plessis (Cheaper Cars Golf 1 GTi) and Dillon Jearey (Lucan Racing) are always factors.
Morgan is of course already Class C champion with teammate Simpson sitting in a comfortable second, but there is a battle for third between the consistent Serfontein, du Plessis, Joubert who has found form of late and the flying Busi, who will have a point to prove this weekend. Jeary is also within striking distance and Lupini could take a giant leap up the title table should he repeat his last race antics.
All of which means that the Bold Marine GTi Challenge promises to be a championship deciding spectacle of note on an action-packed Power Series program ready to entertain you as you wind down toward your holiday break, so diarise 3 December now and see you at Killarney!