2015 VW Racing Challenge starts at Midvaal
The opening round of the 2015 Comsol VW Challenge will take place at the Midvaal Circuit on Saturday, 14 February when over 20 cars will take to the track.
Reigning overall champion James Hurley (The Starter Pack Company Polo) will be looking to defend his title although Rory Atkinson (Comsol Polo) and Waldie Meintjies (Performance Masters / Marty’s Body & Spray Polo) will be doing their best to stop him taking the Class A honours. Iain Stevenson showed some impressive form in the second Comsol Polo during 2014 and will be looking to build on that to consistently challenge the class leaders in 2015.
With 2014 Class B title winner Lyle Ramsay moving on to compete in the Engen VW Cup series for 2015 the only certainty is that there will be a new champion at the end of the season. Based on form at the end of last season Darren Nathan and Tyrell Govindsamy are the most likely to emerge at the top of the log but they are not going to have things all their own way. Newcomers Lindsay Clur and Mile Stewart will be out to show what they are made of while series regulars Piet Potgieter and Brad Hall (Piazza Motorsport) are more than capable of running at the sharp end of the field in their Polos.
At the time of writing 2015 Class C champion Jacques Smith is a doubtful starter for the opening event of the season. In his absence Francois van Zyl will be looking to get his new Polo on the top step of the podium although 2014 Class C runner up Elke van Vledder (Golf) will be out to stop that happening.
Seasoned campaigners Henry van Vledder and Stuart Mack should also be in the mix in their Golfs as will Andy Gossman. Zander Roos (Polo) is another who showed a good turn of speed at times in 2014 and he could easily be on the podium on Saturday afternoon. Graham Savage (Golf) and Shaun Crous (Polo) also have the ability to challenge the leaders. Luan Roos (Polo) will be making his VW Challenge debut.
Qualifying will take place on Saturday morning at 08h15 with the first race of the day getting underway at 10h00. The lights should go out to signal the start of the second race at 13h45.