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What GTC SupaCup Round 4 Preview
Where Aldo Scribante, Gqeberha EP
When Saturday 17 June 2023
Community South Africa National

Liebenberg has SupaCup leader Campos under pressure

The GTC SupaCup heads home to Aldo Scribante’s Extreme Festival for its midwinter midseason round at in Gqeberha on Saturday 17 June. The weekend promises to be a championship shake-up, as much as it is a trip into the unknown for every competitor, as a new Dunlop semi-slick tyre comes into play, while log leader Keegan Campos bears up to the rapidly closing Bradley Liebenberg on track.

Hype Energy racer Liebenberg suffered a weekend to forget at the Kyalami season opener but bounced back to dominate at both Killarney in Cape Town and at Pretoria’s Zwartkops Raceway last time out. Liebenberg was not beaten in those last four races. Campos however won both Kyalami heats in his Veloce Cars Carello Auto SupaPolo, but his consistent run since still sees him leading the way to the Bay. Can he hold Liebenberg off?

Keegan and Brad will plenty to keep them busy on the all-Volkswagen SupaPolo grid. Not least of all third in the title chase, Volkswagen factory driver Jonathan Mogotsi. Jonathan took his first big race win at Aldo Scribante in Polo Cup six years ago and he will be keen to entertain his team’s home crowd. Arnold Neveling was another to make a late GTC SupaCup start in his Goscor Stradale car last time out and he too is chasing a first win in 2023, while Dominic Dias has come on leaps and bounds in his Chemi Liquid Energy Polo.

Tato Carello’s Carello Auto SupaCup, Cape rookie Tate Bishop’s Angri LTR car, Chemi Liquid Energy brother Calvin Dias, and JP van der Walt’s Platinum Wheels machine all have points to prove for a variety of reasons after each had a tough Zwartkops story top tell. Cape lad Danie van Niekerk will be looking for another good points haul in his Titan Stunts Polo, Scottish racing tourist Paul Luti will be back in his Finishline UK SupaPolo, and CompCare Polo Cup refugee Kara Hill will be looking for a step forward in her second SupaCup outing in her Kalex car.

That GTC SupaCup form book could however mean very little at Aldo Scribante. The series switches to a new Dunlop Direzza semi-slick tyre for the first time on Saturday after several seasons racing on full slick Dunlops. Not only will this bring a subtle change of pace, but teams will also need to find a new set-up that best suits their cars, tyres and driving styles. And that means that the quickest to adapt may very well find an advantage.

Should make for some most intriguing racing at the Gqeberha racetrack on Saturday 17 June. Diarise it now!

Volkswagen Motorsport thanks its partners CompCare Medical Scheme, Dunlop SportMaxx, Motul, Sparco and VW Genuine Parts.

Issued on behalf of Volkswagen Motorsport

Photography by: Andre Laubscher

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