The Western Cape Bold Marine GTi Challenge has had a long break since its last race early in September and Cape Town’s favourite race series is quite literally bursting at the seams to get back on track to serve up its usual extreme action at Killarney’s October 15 Power Series meeting. And with just two rounds and four races left to decide the 2016 championships, rest assured that there will be no quarter given nor spared as the season winds up to what promises to be a sensational climax.
Interestingly enough, a rookie leads the overall GTi Challenge championship – Class Greatsoft Payroll Golf 1 GTi driver Bryan Morgan may well be a national Polo Cup veteran, but this is still his first year in Challenge and to be honest, he has come, he has seen and he has conquered.
Morgan holds a 22-point overall championship lead over Class B man Eden Thompson and his white Golf GTi, who has s slender 6-point advantage over another Class B driver, colourful Challenge stalwart Jacques Geldenhuys and his Ferroli Golf 2 GTI. Another Class C competitor, the ever consistent Gideon Serfontein sits a further six points adrift in fourth in his Goeie Hoop Onderdele Golf.
Of course all eyes will be on the action up front and while the Class A field may be small in comparison to the other divisions, the championship table shows just how fraught the action has been all year, as Jano van der Westhuizen and Nian du Toit tussle over the Class A title and fifth overall, split by all of two championship points. Their plight could well be all the more difficult with Mario Roux (Sprayteq Autobody Jetta 2) and Polo Cup star Umpie Swart (Alpine Autohaus Polo Classic) finding pace and ready to mix it up front.
The Class B action should come to a head between title fighters Thompson and Geldenhuys, but Scott Hayes (Jetta 2), Peet van der Walt (PSW Sport Polo Classic) and Shane du Toit (Golf 2 GTi) are all well within championship striking distance; Damien Lopez (Cape Refractory Polo Classic), Miguel Pasqualli (Golf) and Cheaper Cars Golf duo Roelf Tolman and Herman Lazarus are all capable of throwing a huge curve ball and rapidly improving rookies Silvermoon Roofing’s Earl (Golf 1 GTi) and dad Norman Josephs (Polo) and Wayne Field (Coetzee’s Coach Golf 2) are ready to surprise.
The focus in Class C is all about third place in the championship, with Morgan probably able to wrap up the class title over the weekend and Serfontein sitting pretty in second. Jarred Simpson currently occupies third in Class C in the second Greatsoft Golf, but he’s an unsafe distance ahead Gert du Plessis (Cash Cars Golf) and then come Dillon Joubert (Powder Coating World/TAC Steel Golf), Class A refugee Marco Busi (Automan Polo) and Dillon Jearey (Lucan Racing) all within a few championship points.
The championship table also fails to truly reflect the Class C form book, with the likes of Ebrahim Levy (Jive Armien Levy Golf), Chris Swart (SpongeBob Golf), out of luck 16-year old Giordano Lupini (Monroe/Bakkie & Car Golf) and Francois Erasmus (QTech-Modjects Golf) all easily capable of running in front to disturb the title tussle, while newcomers Jaco Lambert (Lambert Racing Golf) and Alfie Van Zyl (PSW Golf) will be right in there too.
The Bold Marine GTi Challenge may be a jewel, but it is only part of the Power Series crown and spectacle well worth setting a Saturday aside for – why not diarise 15 October for Killarney right now?