Following a lengthy mid-season break Stiaan Kriel is looking forward to positive second half of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge season. Round 5 of the championship will see Kriel making a second coastal visit for 2018 during his debut at Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone.
Those who are keen followers of the MotorMart VW Challenge will know that the category rules only make provision for one race to be hosted outside the northern regions. Although Dezzi Raceway was an initial option for the season’s away race, the nod went to Kriel’s former home circuit; the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town. A corporate decision saw one of the venues on the roster not being eligible for events which resulted in an opening being created. Although Dezzi Raceway is classified as a coastal circuit, a special dispensation has been made to allow for a championship round to be hosted at the venue. This will also be the category’s maiden visit to the circuit with only a handful of competitors having prior experience which they’ve gained in other categories.
“This is a new challenge for us and I certainly love competing at new circuits.” Says Kriel ahead of the race weekend. “Very few of my Class A rivals have ever competed at the circuit with only one of them having previous sprint race experience there. The 2.5km clockwise circuit will be a steep learning curve for us all. It’s tight with quite a few changes in both gradient and direction. This is definitely not a power circuit; the right setup and skilful driving will have the final say.”
At the halfway point in the season the championship is also very evenly poised. 6 Points separates Class A leader Rory Atkinson (58 points) and Kriel (52 points) in second place. In the overall standings the positions are the same, however Class B leader Jacques Smit joins Atkinson as fellow leader. “During the first four rounds we all have had our fair share of reliability issues, the plus side for us was our dominance when our Pozidrive/Kalex Volkswagen Polo ran well. This break saw us putting a lot of effort into the mechanical side of things and we’ll be focussed to continue our good form on track. Our primary objective will be Class A dominance. Wins, pole positions and fastest laps means maximum points, it’s up to us to take them home and prevent Rory from doing so. Jacques is in different class, we can’t go and battle him for championship honours if we’re not able to clean things up in our own class.”
Kriel would like to invite all motorsport fans in Kwazulu-Natal to attend the Saturday, August 11 race day: “The MotorMart VW Challenge have provided some of the best racing out of all the circuit categories during 2018. A sizeable field negotiating the first series of corners should be quite a sight to behold on the day. The day will also hosted by the Historic Tour. There is plenty of good vantage points for spectators to enjoy the action. We would also like to invite everyone to come and meet the team in pit lane.”
Kriel would like to thank his sponsors for making his 2018 season possible: Pozidrive, Dale Automation, Kalex, Spanjaard, N4 Autocraft, Geardown Gearbox & Diff, Racing with God, SAX Shocks, Most Wanted Performance Tuning, Bessie Bester Motors and S&S Meat
In addition Kriel would also like to thank the associate sponsors of the MotorMart VW Challenge for making this exciting category possible: Norbrake Distribution, ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Yaskawa, BPM Engineering and Pozidrive.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Stiaan Kriel is ready for the battle that lies ahead in the second half of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge season
Photography by: Heinrich Sauer
MSA Publishes media releases from a host of different sources on our website as a service to the sport. It is not practically possible to vet/approve every release that is published. Some news items and articles are written by correspondents and do not necessarily represent MSA’s views.