Wolk, van der Watt taking a team SATC title 1-2 to Zwartkops

Chemical Logistics Racing heads to Zwartkops Raceway’s 18 May Extreme Festival in complete control of the 2024 South African Touring Cars championship. And on top is precisely where the team intends to stay.

Robert Wolk has enjoyed a near-perfect start to his 2024 campaign aboard his Chemical Logistics WTC Engineering BMW 128TC. He leads the teammate Julian van der Watt’s Investchem WTC Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TC by thirteen points in the championship chase. His closest outside foe is a full nineteen points adrift. King of the Hill Wolk now also heads to Zwartkops fresh off his overall victory in last weekend’s Simola Hillclimb.

“We’ve enjoyed our best ever start to a season this year,” double, and perhaps triple* reigning South African Touring Car champion Robert owns up. “We were on pole for both races, won a double points feature race, and finished well ahead of our main rivals there. I have also scored three of four fastest lap points, and we’ve done the best we can in the reverse grid races, with second and third from the back in each of those.

“Which means we find ourselves in a pretty comfy championship position, even if it’s way too early to even think about getting cocky about that! None of this would be possible without this incredible team behind me, so I salute Ian, Stuart, and the lads for giving me the best possible car to allow me to go out and make it happen every time. Now for Zwartkops. It’s always a tough one, but none of us can wait!

Teammate Julian van der Watt is also in good spirits en route to Pretoria “I really have nothing to complain about leading up to Zwartkops,” Capetonian Julian admits. “We won a feature race and sit a strong championship second with a car that had not turned a wheel before the first race at Killarney, so all good. Now let’s just keep the ball rolling up at Zwartkops and come away in an even stronger position. Can’t wait!”

SA Touring Car rookie Andy Schofield is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of his FlySafair Chemical Logistics BMW 128TC after he could not make the previous race. It was frustrating to miss Kyalami, especially considering how steep my learning curve is proving to be,” Andrew conceded. “But I’m delighted to be back and look forward to keep on learning and growing at Zwartkops.”

“Leading the way is never easy because they are always waiting for us to falter,” Chemical Logistics WCT Engineering team manager Stuart Thompson explains. “So the plan is not to falter! Let’s keep this up, guys.” Chemical Logistics Racing team boss Ian Schofield concludes: “It’s been a dream start, so we now have to work all that much harder to keep the ball rolling. We know we can do it, so let’s just get this job done.”

*The 2023 Touring Car champion remains subject to ongoing litigation.


Issued on behalf of Chemical Logistics Racing

What:Extreme Festival 2024 Round 3 Preview
Where:Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria
When:Saturday 18 May 2024
Community:South Africa National

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