Red Star Raceway in Mpumalanga is where ANGRi Racing's Tate Bishop will hope to get his CompCare Polo Cup Championship bid back on track. As the fourth round of the championship makes its way inland for only the second time this season, Bishop, a multiple national karting champion, is entirely focused on the job at hand, as he explains.
"We can't afford any mistakes this weekend if we want to be serious title contenders. We lost valuable ground in the championship following some lousy luck at Aldo Scribante. The team have since sorted out the gearbox issue and we are all motivated to make up the ground lost."
Bishop, who made a solid debut and performed well in the first two rounds, has dropped from second to fourth in the championship standings and is only three points adrift of third place. Of the current top five drivers, Bishop is the youngest competitor at 16 years, competing against some older seasoned campaigners.
"No doubt it will be another closely contested two races where it will be youth versus experience. I've never seen my age as a limiting factor but as an advantage at times. While Red Star is not a circuit I know well, I can adapt quickly, so that won't be an issue for me. My focus will be on Friday's practice, and the all-important qualifying session where I am confident I can make it into SuperPole. With a bit of luck I hope to draw the number one ball for a front row start."
Friday will see three practice sessions followed by a late afternoon qualifying session. Saturday will see two races; an eight-lap race (11:30) and a 10-lap race (15:00). While spectators are welcome, a live stream will be available on Tate Bishop's Facebook page.
Published by: Motorsport Fanatix
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.