Round five of the Super Series on Saturday, 2 August, sees the racers compete at a circuit that is a driver-favourite. Phakisa Freeway has a challenging layout that keeps drivers focused and demands a high level of dedication from the competitors.
There are few as dedicated as those who contest the Bridgestone Production Car Championship, with the Audi S4 quattro racers the leaders of the pack. The Phakisa event is expected to be exciting with the scene set for action at the East London event.
Hennie Groenewald (A8 – Audi Sasolracing) will be eager to get back on track and get to grips with his Audi S4 quattro after a short-lived outing at East London that saw him out of the race weekend in the first lap of race one.
For Groenewald the Phakisa outing will be a combination of getting settled in his new car and making up some lost ground in the championship.
Simon Moss (A38 – Engen Xtreme) will tackle the first inland Super Series event since round one aiming to on improve on his East London results – one of his best overall race weekends in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship since he started in the series this year.
Moss is just four points shy of fourth place in the championship at this point in the season, good results for the rest of the year can put him in a strong position for the final round.
Gennaro Bonafede (A32 – Audi Sasolracing) holds third, with a reasonably comfortable buffer separating him from the racers behind him. That gives him the opportunity to focus ahead and concentrate on the top two racers.
A strong run at Phakisa will allow Bonafede to narrow the gap to the top two in the championship, consolidating his third place in the process.
For Michael Stephen (A1 – Engen Xtreme) the Phakisa event is all about staying close to the championship leader. Two points separate the leading pair and a tough battle is expected between them as they each attempt to dominate the remaining rounds.
With 30 points available on race day for winning both races, a two point gap is little more than a strategic difference between the current championship leader and the defending champion.