Engen Volkswagen Cup delivers top racing action







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: August 27, 2012
Categories: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Racing

COMPETITION in the Engen Volkswagen Cup at Zwartkops Raceway was its usual picture of frenetic activity on Saturday. Two races of 10 laps each saw the competitors in this single-make series fighting for every inch of track position they could get during the WesBank Super Series event.

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With 33 Volkswagen Polo Vivo race cars on the starting grid, it made the race track a very crowded place. Just a single lap into race one the Safety Car was deployed, bunching the field together for two laps.

That deployment was so that the after-effects of an incident with Graham Press (M8) and Leon Odendaal (M15 – BTR Construction / Elegant Fuel) could be cleared from the track.

When the Safety Car returned to the pits, it was the defending champion, Devin Robertson (1 – Big Boss Auto / Sparco), who made the most of the re-start to create a gap to the field. Just behind the frontrunners of Robertson, Jordan Pepper (46 – PG Glass / Blue Label Telecoms) and Kelvin van der Linde (31 – Ferodo Racing), a fight was brewing between Mark Silverwood (38 – Q8 Oils), Kyle Barnes (4 – Gold Liberations / Conti Partner) and Robyn Kruger (9 – Indy Oil) as they battled for fourth, fifth and sixth.

Silverwood put a lot of pressure on Kruger in an attempt to get past, but her Indy Oil Polo Vivo wasn't going to make that easy. After a tough battle, Kruger relinquished her position to both Silverwood and Barnes.

For Simon Moss (138 – Engen Xtreme) an opportunity to race in the Engen Volkswagen Cup series saw him exhibit his usual exuberant driving style. Gaps that would perhaps not be considered by other drivers saw Moss ploughing ahead, making the most of any space he could find.

He did well to cross the finish line in 12th in race one, but his driving style didn't pay off in the second race when he went off track just after turn one, spun around on the entrance to turn two and found himself facing the oncoming field. When he got the Polo facing the right way again, he had to fight his way back – and managed to get up to 24th by the end of the 10 laps.

In that second race it was Dewald Brummer (8 – MAD Racing / Horne Hydraulics / UMP) who had qualified for the event in pole position, claiming the PG Glass cheque for posting the fastest qualifying time, who saw his luck finally run out completely when his car ground to a halt in lap three when his race engine succumbed to mechanical difficulties.

Kyle Barnes (4 – Gold Liberations / Conti Partner) held a good lead as Jordan Pepper (46 – PG Glass / Blue Label Telecoms) and Richie Napier (12 – Supa Fuel / Design Water) fought for second and third while Robertson chased from fourth.

For Masters competitor Eddie Rodrigues (M7 – SEW Eurodrive) race two saw him cross the line for fifth place after fighting with both Robyn (9 – Indy Oil) and Jeffrey Kruger (6 – Indy Oil) who finished in sixth and seventh.

Robyn did very well in the first race to finish just outside of the top five in each of the races,  claiming sixth in race one and seventh in the second event.

With Robertson the big winner for the day, claiming first overall, it was the fifth place finish of Rodrigues (who was awarded the title of Driver of the Day) that pushed him to the lead in the Masters category, allowing him to claim first place ahead of Dean Ball (M5 – Champion Motors) and Etienne Prinsloo (M11 – Tile Mecca). Rodrigues was the highest-finishing Masters competitor in each of the races giving him a clear run to the victory.

Engen Volkswagen Cup action moves to Killarney for the penultimate round of the WesBank Super Series on Saturday, 22 September.

RACE ONE:

  1. Devin Robertson (1 – Big Boss Auto / Sparco)
  2. Jordan Pepper (46 – PG Glass / Blue Label Telecoms)
  3. Kelvin van der Linde (31 – Ferodo Racing)

RACE TWO:

  1. Kyle Barnes (4 – Gold Liberations / Conti Partner)
  2. Jordan Pepper (46 – PG Glass / Blue Label Telecoms)
  3. Richie Napier (12 – Supa Fuel / Design Water)

OVERALL:

  1. Devin Robertson (1 – Big Boss Auto / Sparco)
  2. Jordan Pepper (46 – PG Glass / Blue Label Telecoms)
  3. Kyle Barnes (4 – Gold Liberations / Conti Partner)

MASTERS:

  1. Eddie Rodrigues (M7 – SEW Eurodrive)
  2. Dean Ball (M5 – Champion Motors)
  3. Etienne Prinsloo (M11 – Tile Mecca)