|One event, two races and 12 points is all that is left to decide the 2014 Engen Volkswagen Cup Championship. The national championship will compete at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 1 November, in the series finale.
The 12 points that separate the top three competitors will see Sheldon van der Linde (16 – Ferodo Racing), Dewald Brummer (2 – MAD Racing / Grand Prix Models) and Daniel Rowe (11 – Ferodo Racing) in direct competition as they wrestle for the last points of the year.
As the series leader, Van der Linde will enter the fray as the favourite to take the crown – which could see him follow in his brother Kelvin’s footsteps, with a national motorsport title before he has a driver’s license. Brummer has an eight-point gap to close – and 25 points available for each of the two race wins, with bonus points available also for the fastest qualifying time. Rowe has the most ground to cover, with a full 12 points between him and the leader.
In the Masters category, the fight for the title will take place between Mathew Hodges (M3 – ITR Africa / 959 Panelbeaters) and Trevor Bland (M6 – PG Glass / Suburban Panelbeaters). Five points is the gap that Bland needs to close to snatch the title from Hodges in the final moments of the 2014 season and based on the last few events, the pair are so closely matched that it is impossible to make a prediction on the outcome.
Juan Gerber (M8 – Haupt Racing) mounted a charge on the lead of the field at the last three rounds of the season, finishing strongly in each case. Another good performance at the final round will see him amongst the top finishers this year in the Engen Volkswagen Cup series.
For the final round of the season, while the racers battle it out amongst themselves for the last points of the year – and jostle for position to determine the latest champion in the Engen Volkswagen Cup series – the series will see a guest driver return for another foray into the action.
Ignition TV’s Marius Roberts will again be in action behind the wheel, testing his racing skill against other Engen Volkswagen Cup competitors as they pilot the Volkswagen Polo Vivo around the track in the quickest possible time. Roberts has competed with the Engen Volkswagen Cup field before as a guest racer and has a total of six races under his belt.
In addition to competition in this series, Roberts has also put in track time in a number of other circuit formulas and competed in a few hillclimb events. The Engen Volkswagen Cup competitors will, however, be keeping him on his toes at the Zwartkops event.