FRONT-RUNNER: Rory Atkinson leads the pack during Round 4 of the Comsel VW Challenge. Image: Motorpress / Paul Bedford
After an eight-week break, more than 30 competitors will take on the VW Challenge when Round 5 of the 2015 championship gets underway at Zwartkops on Saturday, August 8 2015.
Overall championship leader Nic Clarke (VW Polo) bagged a full house of points at the previous round at Aldo Scribante and has a 12 point lead over Rory Atkinson. Zander Roos, who had mixed fortunes in Port Elizabeth, is a further four points behind in third.
Approaching the mid-way point of the season, the class A championship battle sees Atkinson, Waldie Meintjies and defending champion James Hurley all vying for the title. Atkinson has a 22-point lead but, with a maximum of 23 points available at each of the remaining events, this could change.
BATTLE AT ZWARTKOPS
Devon Piazza-Musso had a good outing in PE and will be looking for more of the same so he can challenge the leading trio. Derrick Smalberger (VW Beetle) and Iain Stevenson (Polo) are also capable of running close to the head of the field on their day.
Gerhard Henning is not on the entry list for this event. This means that Clarke’s closest competition in class B is likely to come from Brad Hall, the Stewart brothers and Darren Nathan. Lee Thompson has also submitted an entry and he has the ability to run at the head of the field.
Despite a meager points haul at Aldo Scribante Zander Roos still has a comfortable lead in the class C championship. He is 26 points ahead of Shaun Crous (Polo) with Francois van Zyl (Golf) just a point further back. Henry van Vledder (Golf) is next up. He has Simon Levin (Golf), Elke van Vledder and Stuart Mack in close attendance.
Qualifying gets underway at 7.30am on Saturday morning with the first of the two 10-lap races schedules to start at 10.40am. The lights should go out to signal the start of the second race at 2.10pm.
Overall standings: Position, class and driver points
1 B Nic Clarke 77
2 A Rory Atkinson 65
3 C Zander Roos 61
4 B Gerhard Henning 49
5 A Waldie Meintjies 43
6 A James Hurley 38
7 B Brad Hall 36
8 C Shaun Crous 35
9 C Francois van Zyl 34
10 A Devon Piazza-Musso 28