More than 40 Comsol VW Challenge drivers will make their way to Killarney Raceway in Cape Town on Saturday, 24 September for the seventh round of the 2016 championship.Tasmin Pepper (Campos Transport / Alpine Motors Polo) will be looking to get back to winning ways in Cape Town after two disappointing rounds.
Her misfortune has allowed team mate Waldie Meintjes (LTR / Marty’s Body & Spray Polo) to take the top spot in the class A championship race. Meintjes has a seven-point lead over 2015 class A champion Rory Atkinson (Comsol Polo) with Pepper now a further four points back in third.
The trio have been the class of the field this season and the 2016 title will surely go to one of them. This doesn’t mean they will have things all their own way at Killarney. Stiaan Kriel (Imperial Select Polo) will be looking to use his local knowledge to gain as many points as possible. He lies fifth on the log, tied with Iain Stevenson (Comsol Polo) with the pair of them just eight points behind former champion James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo).
In class B the season-long battle between Darren Nathan (Sextrader Polo) and Nic Clarke (Central Technical Services Polo) is almost certain to continue. Clarke managed to narrow the difference between them by four points after winning both races at Red Star last time out but Nathan still leads by 11 points. The fight for the final step of the championship podium has developed into a four-way contest between Adrian Wood (Laserfische Polo), Brad Hall (Hellermann Tyton Racing Polo), Mile Stewart (RCS Security Services Polo) and Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo).
Despite missing a couple of races this season, Luan Roos (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo) still has a slender lead at the top of the class C log. Shaun Crous (Ancro Building Projects Polo) has moved into second place after a superb outing at Red Star which saw him follow up his maiden win in the opening race with another win in the second heat.
Graham Savage (Goldwagen JHB CBD and Wynberg Golf) had a great start to the season but things have not gone his way recently. He has still kept accumulating points and is in third place ahead of Wouter Roos (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo). Elke van Vledder (Golf) is a point behind Roos in fifth while Stuart Mack (Goldwagen JHB CBD and Wynberg Golf) rounds out the top six.
With just 14 points separating the top five in the class C championship, this one is too close to call.
The drivers will be out getting to grips with the Killarney circuit in a number of practice sessions on Friday, 23 September. Saturday will see them tackle the qualifying session at 08h20 with the first of two 10-lap races getting underway at 10h20. The second race is scheduled to start at 15h35.