FRONTRUNNER: Sheldon van der Linde leads the 2015 Engen VW Cup by 18 points.Image: Motorpress
The Volkswagen Cup field head to KwaZulu-Natal for Round 6 of the 2015 championship. Competitors will take on the Dezzi's Raceway – a first for the field of VW Polo Vivo GT race cars.
After five rounds of the 2015 season complete, Sheldon van der Linde leads the VW Cup. Most of the bonus points for pole qualifying and fastest lap during a race have been claimed by Van der Linde.
With seven race victories, he has also appeared on the top step of the podium more than any other competitor in 2015.
HODGES A THREAT
While Van der Linde will be enjoying his 18 point lead, he won't be taking it easy. With more than 150 points available there is still a significant threat to his lead. The greatest of these threats comes from Mathew Hodges.
Hodges is the lead Master in the series and is currently in second in the overall championship as well. Hodges has produced some very consistent results in 2015 and is in a strong position to challenge for the overall lead.
Daniel Rowe is in third, 23 points (less than one race victory) behind Hodges and is quite capable of sending Hodges down the order in the remaining rounds of the championship. He's achieved good results this season and doesn't have to stand back for any of the other competitors. Rowe, however, finds himself in a similar position to the leading pair.
In fourth on the points log is Trevor Bland (M2). Second in the Masters and fourth overall, he is 15 points adrift of Rowe and also an accomplished racer. Bland poses an equal threat to both Rowe and Hodges as he is also challenging for position in the Masters category. With some good outings in the coming rounds, he could even achieve enough to threaten Van der Linde.
In true Volkswagen Cup style though, it doesn't stop there. Bland is 13 points ahead of Christopher Shorter (33), Shorter is six points ahead of his brother Matthew who, in turn, is 10 points ahead of Tasmin Pepper (31).
That covers the top seven positions in the series, while the top 10 sees 113 points covers the spread of racers. With more than 150 points, it is still very much a case of “anything can happen”.
Two races should prove a highly entertaining motorsport experience for KZN race fans on Saturday, August 29, when the field of Engen Volkswagen Cup Polo Vivo GT racers takes to Dezzi's Raceway.