Sandton, South Africa – The Sasol GTC Racing Team heads back to Cape Town’s Killarney Raceway for round seven of the Sasol GTC Championship with their sights on a chasing title honours at all cost. Having led the championship standings from the opening race of the season, unfortunate sequence of events saw Bonafede slip to second in the championship race, 51 points behind the defending champion Michael Stephen.
The Vic Maharaj-run team has been hard at work over the past weeks repairing the damage to the pair of BMW GTC racing cars that was inflicted by over-zealous rivals earlier in August. “The repairs have been time consuming because the parts we need are not off-the shelf components but rather have to be custom manufactured”, Maharaj reported ahead of the Cape races.
Bonafede, behind the wheel of the #32 BMW GTC, has won four races so far this year, including both races at Killarney in March, a result he would love to repeat. “The reality is that we all have to push super-hard over the remaining six races. In motorsport anything can happen. My deficit to Michael is only one race win while Robbie (Wolk) is also in a position to put pressure on our rivals. I love Killarney and historically, I do well there. Qualifying is always critical and being at the front means less chance of being snagged in the mid pack as happened to me at Zwartkops”.
Robert Wolk, driving the #41 BMW GTC racecar, Powered by Sasol Turbofuels™ Plus, is the only other driver to have won a round of the fiercely contested Sasol GTC Championship and has his sights set on another victory. “Motor racing can be cruel at times and you have to pick yourself up and move on. Killarney is a great little track, quite technical and bumpy, so a good set-up is vital. As long as I extract the best from the car, I will be competitive. I need to use the practice sessions to their maximum which will set me up for a strong weekend”.
Maharaj said this about the Killarney race weekend: “I am confident our cars will be competitive. We continually strive to seek a competitive advantage within the regulations and then it is up to the drivers to make the most of their opportunities on the day. I have seen the GTC field close up considerably and expect bumper-to-bumper racing. It is crucial to be in the top three in qualifying to avoid first-lap incidents in the mid pack as we saw happen at Zwartkops. The drivers need to be ruthless in their approach”.
The Sasol GTC Racing Team will be on track on Friday, 8th September for qualifying which takes place at 17h10. Saturday’s warm-up session is at 09h40. The Sasol GTC Fan Grid Walk takes place at 12h30 followed by a ten lap race at 13h10. The inverted grid second race, over 15 laps is scheduled to start at 15h40.
Race fans are invited to the Sasol GTC Racing Team’s pit area to view the cars and meet the drivers.
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