The Sasol GTC2 championship catering for standard-based turbocharged 2-litre hot hatches heads to East London with the prospect of a new brand joining the fray alongside Mini and Volkswagen and another returning. Cape lad Dayne Angel and his team are working around the clock to ready his #4 Autohaus Angel Honda Civic Type R for an East London debut and should the car make the trip, it will certainly be as significant interest to the class.
Other big news in GTC2 is the arrival of another Cape driver, multiple SA race and hot rod champion Kosie Weyers in his #7 NSI/Goodwood Used/Belfreeze Chevrolet Cruze. A fearsome competitor, Weyers’ presence will add a certain element of excitement to a most appealing class.
Weyers and Angel will have their work cut out amongst a strong grid of Volkswagen Golf GTIs though, not least of all 17-year-old championship leader, factory driver, Keagan Masters, who has won three out of the four races so for with his #18 Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GTI to take a handy 66 point lead to East London. Masters will further be buoyed by his great debut in the Audi Sport TT Cup in Hockenheim, Germany two weeks ago. Teammate, #44 Mandla Mdkane will meanwhile want to pick up on his recent winning ways to move himself up from fourth in the championship race.
It is however Trevor Bland who currently poses Masters’ biggest competition – the #5 TB Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi driver currently sits second in the championship ahead of Charl Smallberger and Mdakane and all of them will be mindful that Masters will likely miss at least one race that clashes with the TT Cup later in the year and they will want to be close enough to Keegan to take full advantage of his absence.
#15 iCorp Volkswagen Parts GTI driver Charl Smalberger has scored consistent points in spite of a challenging season so far from a technical point of view and he travels to East London knowing that he won there last year, while Comsol driver Ian Stevenson will want to improve his lot following a troubled start to the season in his #69 Golf GTI.
Last but not least, Signature Racing will be itching to continue its progress toward the front of the GTC2 grid with its Mini Cooper JCW entries. Engen Volkswagen Cup champion Chris Shorter (#33 Champion Mini) and fellow Polo graduate Bradley Liebenberg (#12 Ferodo Mini) and the team have been burning the midnight oil and their presence would be welcomed up front – what chance of that in East London?
Sasol GTC’s East London Weekend at a Glance (will formalise times etc. before posting)
Friday 19 May
09h00 – Free Practice 1 – 20 minutes
11h50 – Free Practice 2 – 20 minutes
14h15 – Free Practice 3 – 30 minutes
17h10 – Qualifying – 20 minutes
Saturday 20 May
10h00 – Warm Up – 10 minutes
12h00 – Race 1 – 10 laps
15h30 – Race 2 – 10 laps