THE Engen Volkswagen Cup championship moves to Killarney in Cape Town for round two of their national championship on Saturday, 29 March. Based on the battles that took place in round one, this will be a highly charged race day.
Seasoned Engen Volkswagen Cup campaigned Mathew Hodges (M3 – ITR Africa / 959 Panelbeaters / Dickron Motors) has moved into the Masters category this year – and promptly became the first Master to feature at the sharp end of the field. This creates an interesting dynamic as a continued performance of this calibre could see him become the first Master to claim the overall Engen Volkswagen Cup title.
Newcomer to the series, Sheldon van der Linde (16 – Ferodo Racing) had an excellent start to his season. First time out in the Engen Volkswagen Cup and he achieves a fast qualifying time to be entered into the Top Six draw for grid positions, he finishes both races on the podium and claims second overall for the day. This debut marks him as a serious contender this season and definitely one to watch.
For Daniel Rowe (11 – Ferodo Racing) the first round of the season could hardly have gone better. Winning his first race in the series, claiming his first overall victory for the day and surviving some serious on-track battles will see a new determination as he is clearly set to stamp his authority on the series.
With six new racers that contested the first round of the season, the Engen Volkswagen Cup series retains its crown as a popular starting point for national competition – and also as a breeding ground for young talent to become future motorsport stars.
Round two of the Super Series at Killarney will see the Engen Volkswagen Cup racers once again trading blows, smashing mirrors and racing door-to-door in some of the most nailbiting motorsport action to be found on the national circuit.
The question for the racers, is what does the weather hold for them in Cape Town. An overcast day at Zwartkops turned into a very wet second race, adding another challenge for the competitors. Good weather in the Cape could see a different dynamic manifest as these racers tackle the change of taming the Engen Volkswagen Cup Polo Vivo.