WhatAlert Engine Parts GTi Challenge Round 5 Report
WhereKillarney International Raceway
WhenSaturday 30 July 2022
CommunitySouth Africa National

Killarney set for explosive Alert GTi Challenge Action

The Cape Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge returns to normal service, which is quite mad, at Killarney on Saturday 30 July, in between two extraordinary races. Two weeks ago, the local Class A field successfully took in the best of the visiting Jozi Pabar VW Challenge at Killarney. And the Alert GTi Challenge will then head to Aldo Scribante in Port Elizabeth a fortnight anon, for its annual away race.

But there’s still the regular Killarney fifth round to happen at Cape Town’s Power Series races and it’s set to be a cracker with the various class leaders involved in a tight overall championship shootout. Class A leader Jurie Swart's Summit Racing Polo 6 heads the overall championship too, albeit all of three points clear of Class C leader Chase Herholdt’s Unlimited Auto Golf 1 GTi, with top Class B lad 16-year old multiple SA karting champion Tate Bishop’s Angri Jetta 2 CLI another two points adrift.

Not that it’s all set in stone in the classes. Swart has old rival Marco Busi’s Automan machine a little too close for comfort in the all-Polo 6R Class A chase. And there’s another mighty tussle going on behind them for third in the top class battle. ITT lad Colin Meder, Jason Coetzee’s Mint Wraps machine, Unlimited Auto lad Kai van Zyl, Summit Racing's Nathan Victor and Dillon Joubert’s TAC Steel Polos are in a championship battle as tight as their fights on track in the races.

It’s even closer in Class B, where Bishop has the uncomfortable shadow of five-time Class B champion, and triple overall GTi Champion Eden Thompson looming large in his Somerset Refrigeration Polo. Eden has not had much luck of late and he’s beyond keen to re-establish status quo over his young rival. Never ignore the ever-present Ian Kapp’s Hydracor Polo 6R and another young gun, reigning Class C champion Kyle Wiltshire’s Summit Polo in Class B. Nor for that matter Marc Thompson and Brent van der Schyff’s Polo Classics, Steven Vermaak, Grant Cloete and Daniel Sandenbergh's Golfs, or Wayne Field’s Jetta.

Chase Herholdt however has a reasonable advantage in the brat pack Class C, where the real battle is all about second in that championship log. Ever explosive, anything can happen in this all-Golf 1 GTi class, where John-Henri Vaughan, rookie sensation Dylan van Eden and young gun Schalk Geldenhuys’ G+A machine will once again fight it out with Seth van den Abeele and Veldt Reared lad Matthew Rowe. Also keep an eye out for Ryan van Eden and rookies Mohammed Khalpey, Jade Lynch and Sulaiman Effendi this weekend. Expect fireworks!

The Alert Engine Parts WP GTi Challenge races as part of a full Killarney Power Series bill on Saturday 30 July. Judging by the action at the last few meetings, expect the racing to be brilliant across the board!.


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