New Challenge at Red Star

The Comsol VW Challenge competitors head east for the sixth round of the 2016 championship which takes place at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 13 August. The four-kilometre long circuit just outside Delmas will be a new experience for most of the drivers and could possibly throw in a few surprise results.

Luan Roos
Luan Roos

With five of the season’s nine events complete the championship contenders are starting to emerge.

Despite being punted off the track in the last race at Zwartkops, Tasmin Pepper (Campos Transport / Alpine Motors Polo) still heads the class A championship log. She has a nine-point lead over 2015 class A champion Rory Atkinson (Comsol Polo) who in turn is just a point ahead of Waldie Meintjes (LTR / Marty’s Body & Spray Polo). The three of them have a comfortable lead over the chasing pack and this year’s class A victory is almost certainly going to come from their midst.

James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo) is the best of the rest followed by Iain Stevenson (Comsol Polo) with Stiaan Kriel (Imperial Select Polo), who will be competing in just his third event, not far behind.

Class B has developed into a duel between Darren Nathan (Sextrader Polo) and Nic Clarke (Central Technical Services Polo). Both of them have finished on the podium in every race this season and will be fighting over the top step at Red Star. Nathan has a 15-point advantage but, with 23 points on offer at each of the remaining race days, things can change quickly.

Adrian Wood (Laserfische Polo) leads the chasing pack from Brad Hall (Hellermann Tyton Racing Polo), Francois van Zyl (Jesus Saves Polo) and Stewart brothers, Mile and Daine, in their RCS Security Services Polos.

Just one point separates Elke van Vledder (Golf) and Luan Roos (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo) at the head of the class C log. While van Vledder has yet to win a race this season, a string of second places, backed-up by other podium finishes have given her the edge.

Early season front runner Graham Savage (Goldwagen JHB CBD and Wynberg Golf) will be looking to get his challenge back on track after a couple of disappointing outings. He sits in third place ahead of Wouter Roos (Nathan’s Motorsport Polo). Shaun Crous (Ancro Building Projects Polo) and Stuart Mack (Goldwagen JHB CBD and Wynberg Golf) round out the top six in class C.