Tough Kyalami race day waits for Engen Volkswagen Cup championship

Just two rounds remain in the 2016 championship for Engen Volkswagen Cup competitors. Bradley Liebenberg (12 – Ferodo) leads after the first six rounds with an 18 point advantage – with four race wins and 64 points still available for race winners, that’s not a lot at all.

Chris Shorter
Chris Shorter

Those 64 points cover the spread from first to sixth place, putting Liebenberg in the sights of Keagan Masters (18 – Champion), Shaun La Réservée (M3 – Alpine Motors / Compendium Insurance), Christopher Shorter (33 – Payen / Turn 1), Trevor Bland (M2 – Universal Health Care/Phoenix) and Juan Gerber (M8 – Glasfit / Ctrack).

That’s a lot of pressure with just two rounds left in the championship. The fight for position in the Engen Volkswagen Cup is both enthusiastic and robust on a normal race day. Two race days before the 2016 title is finalised, this action is going to be dialled up even higher than usual.

When it comes to the Masters, the battle is likely even more intense. Six points are all that separate the top three and that means a serious shake-up is possible in the remaining rounds. La Réservée, Gerber and Bland will be fighting amongst each other to see who can emerge from Kyalami in the strongest position to win the Masters battle in the final round.

For Kuda Vazhure (19 – Volkswagen Motorsport) the Kyalami event is one of two opportunities this season to further climb the ladder in the Engen Volkswagen Cup series. Vazhure is currently 10th in the Junior championship of the series and eight points will see him jump two places.

In addition to the Engen Volkswagen Cup competition at Kyalami, Volkswagen Motorsport has prepared eight stock Volkswagen Polos as race cars which will be used for a Media and Celebrity Challenge on Sunday, October 23. The Media Challenge, supported by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists, will see eight motoring scribes in competition against one another. Later, eight celebrities will display their track driving skills.

Both Media and Celebrity Challenges are sponsored by Cell C, with other sponsors including Oracle Graphics, Engen Primax, Volkswagen Financial Services, Volkswagen Genuine Parts, Dunlop, ATS Motorsport Supplies / OMP and Sapphire Logistics.