Zwartkops raceway outside Pretoria is gearing up to host another round of the Volkswagen Cup. Image: Dave Ledbitter
Cape Town - Signature Motorsport’s quintet of young racers heads into the second half of the Engen Volkswagen Cup looking to repeat their performance when they last visited Zwartkops Raceway, west of Pretoria.
On that occasion, back in March 2016, Keagan Masters stunned the VW Cup paddock with a full set of fastest laps, pole position, a maiden win and a second place result to take the early championship lead, while Chris Shorter won the first race of the season.
After 10 races
Ten races on, Masters still leads the championship from Shorter, but with a reduced lead of just eight points. Fortunes have ebbed and flowed as the series took in three coastal races.
Masters has qualified on pole position each time, but not converted that into any more wins while Shorter racked up another victory in Port Elizabeth.
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The biggest turnaround in fortunes belongs to Bradley Liebenberg.
After a car-destroying outing in Cape Town earlier this year, Liebenberg has bounced back with two victories and two additional podiums in the last five races, to jump to fifth in the standings, crucially 25 points off the log lead and nine points adrift of third in the title standings.
Since the last round in East London, Liebenberg wrapped up his third SA DD2 karting championship on the trot in SA’s quickest gearbox class.
Matt Shorter has endured an up and down season so far, boasting two second place finishes to his credit in spite of coming within a whisker of a maiden victory in Port Elizabeth.
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Jurie Swart, still in his debut season, has steadily racked up points as he adjusted to tin-top racing, getting faster with each outing. He lies eighth in the championship standings, but now faces a range of circuits where he can use his experience gained to date on the second visit.