What CompCare Polo Cup 2023 Round 6 Report
Where Killarney International Raceway
When Saturday 9 September 2023
Community South Africa National
Charl on cusp of the title, but Gio is quick at Killarney
Cape Town race fans will have more than enough to cheer for, with a triple serving of epic CompCare Polo Cup races set to steal the show at Killarney International Raceway’s Extreme Festival races on Saturday 9 September. Not only is one Cape Town driver on the cusp of the 2023 championship title, but local Polo Cup drivers have always also been notoriously quick, and successful on their home track.
Six times a race winner, Cape Town’s championship leader Charl Michael Visser has been super consistent too. The Tyre Zone Team Red driver arrives home 40 points clear of his closest rival, needing to leave with a 43 point advantage to clinch the championship. Race-winning Mbombela driver Dawie van der Merwe is Visser’s closest rival in his Nathan’s Polo. Jozi rookie Anthony Pretorius is another race winner looking for a repeat in his OMP Bucket List Polo, while local rookie Nathan Victor will be looking for his first win in his Summit Racing car.
There’s a fly in the ointment, however. Fifth in the championship chase Giordano Lupini has stormed back to win three races since, in spite of missing the opening round in his Tork Craft Polo. The Franschhoek lad just may be the man to beat at Killarney. Lupini has won three of the last four Killarney CompCare Polo Cups races, has been on pole position for the last 3 Polo Cup meetings there, and Giordano is keen to bounce back following a frustrating past two Eastern Cape meetings.
The fight for sixth in the chase is just as intense with just nine points separating the next four drivers. Jozi lad Farhaan Basha’s QVWI car, Dean Venter’s MTown VDN Polo, Richards Bay lad Jason Loosemore in his Security Fencing & Alarms Team Red entry, and Jozi young gun Ethan Coetzee’s JRT Racing machine. Impressive Squadra Corse lad Reaobaka Komane closes off the championship top ten, ahead of Bryce Pillay’s Techtisa Polo and Mo Karodia’s Fast 5 car.
It’s all change for Gqeberha lad Jeandre Marais who joins Team Red aboard his Syrabix entry to take up battle with new Team Red teammate, AF Fans rookie racing lass Tyler Robinson. Another local man, Raaziegh Harris returns to action aboard his Cooltouch car, while Roshaan Goodman will be keen to put his recent Zwartkops National Rotax Senior Max karting victory experience to good use in his Upward Spiral Team Red Polo.
So, Cape Town race fans have something really good to look forward to when their home heroes step up to do them proud in three thrilling CompCare Polo Cup races at the Extreme Festival there on Saturday 9 September. See you at Killarney!
*Volkswagen Motorsport thanks its partners CompCare Medical Scheme, Dunlop, Ferodo, Motul, Sparco and VW Genuine Parts.
Issued on behalf of Volkswagen Motorsport
Photography by: Abri de Bruyn
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