WhatAlert Engine Parts GTi Challenge Race 3 Report
WhereKillarney International Raceway
WhenSaturday 14 May 2022
CommunityWestern Cape Regional

Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge Thrills Killarney

The Alert Engine Part GTi Challenge once again stole the Killarney Power Series show in Cape Town on Saturday as regular rivals fought for glory in all three classes to deliver scintillating action throughout the field, all day long.

Jurie Swart put his Summit Racing  machine on pole position for the all-Polo 6R Class A, a tenth ahead of arch rival Marco Busi’s similar Automan. Charl Visser’s Charl Electric car was third from Nathan Victor’s second Summit car, ITT lad Colin Meder Jr, the returning Jano van der Westhuizen, Unlimited Auto kid Kai van Zyl and Dillon Joubert's TAC Steel car. Visser however had an engine failure and van der Westhuizen transmission trouble and both were out for the day.

Young guns Tate Bishop’s Angri Jetta CLI and Kyle Wiltshire’s Summit Polo put one over champion Eden Thompson's Somerset Refrigeration Polo on the Class B grid with Ian Kapp's Hydracor Polo starting fourth from Steven Vermaak’s Kliplokaal Jetta, Daniel Sandenbergh's Golf, Marc Thompson’s Somerset Polo and Wayne Field in his Jetta. 

Chase Herholdt's Unlimited Auto GTi topped the all Golf 1 Class C grid from John-Henri Vaughan, Summit Racing’s Seth van de Abeele, G+A lad Schalk Geldenhuys, Dylan van Eden, Matthew Rowe’s Veldt Reared machine, Jade Lynch and newcomer Mohammed Khalpey. Sadly for Schalk Geldenhuys, his car proved slightly over power on a random dyno check and he would play no further part in the day’s action.

Busi had the better start to lead Swart away, but it all came to a head at mid distance as Swart made his move in what became a crunching overtake as Busi defended into turn 1. Swart never looked back once he'd fought his way past and he raced on to take the first heat win from Busi. Meder, Joubert and van Zyl overcame Victor as the race progressed. 

Thompson fought hard to overcome Bishop for the B win as the two swapped places throughout. The ever improving Ian Kapp held a watching brief as Wiltshire fought back to fourth after losing  time early on. Cloete was fifth home but was excluded for being underweight to leave the ever present Marc Thompson to take sixth from Vermaak, Field and Sandenbergh. 

Chase Herholdt made no mistakes as he stormed to a comfortable lights to flag Class C victory from Vaughan, who passed van de Abeele early on. Van Eden was fourth from Lynch and Khalpey as Rowe hit trouble early in he race.
Jurie Swart then led Marco Busi to a lights to flag race 2 win, initially ahead of Nathan Victor, who was overcome by the battling Meder, Joubert and van Zyl for fourth late in the race. But there was more controversy post race as Swart, Joubert and van Zyl were each docked 30 seconds for jumping the start as they crept in the line. That saw Busi inherit the win from Meder, Swart, who lost out on a pole, double race win and fastest lap grand slam, Victor, Joubert and van Zyl.

Class B was a straightforward affair after championship leader Eden Thompson did not make the start with engine trouble to leave Bishop to pass Kapp early on and drive off to the win from Kapp, Wiltshire, Marc Thompson, Vermaak and Sandenbergh. Chase Herholdt left Vaughan and Rowe to take the Class C double grand slam van de Abeele, Khalpey and Lynch, but not before van Eden broke a hub and caused chaos in the mid pack as he struggled to regain control of is car.

So Marco Busi inherited to overall win for the day from Colin Meder Jr, Jurie Swart, Dillon Joubert, Kai van Zyl and Nathan Victor. Tate Bishop took Class B from Ian Kapp and Kyle Wiltshire, and Chase Herholdt dominated John-Henri Vaughan and Seth van de Abeele to Class C  honours for the day. The Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge returns to action at Killarney Saturday 4 June.


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