|What||BurlyPro GTi Challenge Round 5 Preview|
|Where||Killarney International Raceway, Cape Town|
|When||Saturday 6 July 2019|
|Community||Cape Town, Western Province.|
Challenge to star at Killarney as ever
The Western Cape Burly Pro GTi Challenge will move into the second half of its 2019 season with another two explosive heats at Killarney’s fifth round Power Series races Saturday 6 July. And while all eyes will be on runaway overall championship leader, Class C lad Giordano Lupini, who heads Class B driver and reigning champion Eden Thompson and top Class A man in the title chase, the action up front could very well once again prove a lottery.
That especially if the last few races are anything to go by — du Toit may have proven mighty quick in his familiar blue Allied Fibreglass Jetta 3 last time out, but the Class A title leader had issues in both races to allow Colin Nicholas Meder (International Tube Tech Polo 6R) and GTi rookie Mark Fontini (Medine Manufacturing FAT Racing Polo Classic) to take two unexpected overall and Class A wins.
It gets more interesting with second man in Class A Umpie Swart skipping this race, which gives Meder, Christopher Swart (Village Paint & Hardware Jetta 2) and Jano van der Westhiuzen (Wingfield Polo Vivo) the chance to capitalise on his absence. Other Class A men to watch are Polo 6R quartet Trappies van Tonder and Paulus Franken, while both Marco Busi and Chris Roberts are expected to debut their new cars soon, too.
Class B is just as interesting a proposition, with class leader Thompson coming to grips with his new Jetta, chased in the title race by the evergreen Zaki Hendricks and his red Wheelworx Polo Classic and the luckless Gideon Serfontein (Goeie Hoop Onderdele Golf 2 GTi). However, Ashley van Niekers made a rapid return to action in his Ashrome Group/ Wheelworx Polo at the last race and Emile Assure (Burly Pro/Krisp Polo 6R) ended up on the class podium last time out, while Marc Thompson (Polo Classic) and Wayne Field (Coetzee’s Coachworks Jetta 2) are there to pick up the pieces.
If anyone has a target on his back this weekend, that has to be Franschhoek teenager Lupini who has enjoyed a dominant run so far this season with seven Class C wins and a second out of eight starts in his CiR Construction/ La Vie de Luc/ Accelerate Special Gasoline Golf 1 GTi to lead both the overall and class title chases into the second half.
Giordano's closest challengers in the all-Golf 1 GTi Class C are GTi veteran and pole man last time out, Jarred Simpson (Greenz Plumbing/Cape Refractory) and another young karting exponent Jason Coetzee, who is eyeing his first main circuit win in his Coetzee’s Coachworks Golf 1 GTi, but will Brett Roach be back to trouble Lupini this weekend?
Other Class C drivers looking to topple Lupini include Alfie van Zyl (CD Motorsport/GT Graphics), who has impressed greatly of late and another youngster, former motocrosser Kyle Wiltshire (Suicide Pistons), while Dillon Joubert (Powder Coating World/TAC Steel) made a most impressive comeback last race and Daniel Munna, Patrick Walton and Ian Kapp are all men to watch too.
Burly Pro GTi Challenge races alongside a full Wingfield Power Series race program at Killarney Saturday 6 July — it really is a sight to behold.
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