What GTC SupaCup Round 6 Preview
Where Killarney International Raceway
When Saturday 9 September 2023
Community South Africa National
Liebenberg & Mogotsi pick up the GTC SupaCup chase
There’s one point in it and four rounds to race as the GTC SupaCup heads to Killarney International Raceway for Cape Town’s penultimate National Extreme Festival Saturday 9 September. So, local race fans should expect fireworks, and possibly even a little local hero interference as the winged SupaPolos prepare to thrill as usual.
Keegan Campos has led the GTC SupaCup championship chase from the outset in his Veloce Cars Carello Auto SupaPolo. But title rival Bradley Liebenberg has bounced back from a disastrous start to arrive in Cape Town just one championship point adrift, having commenced his comeback with a double win at Killarney in his Hype Energy machine back in March.
Campos will however be missing from the Killarney SupaCup grid, to rather be present at the altar when he marries former Polo Cup rival Tasmin Pepper on the day. While his rivals may well be at that ceremony in spirit, they will be rubbing their hands in racing glee, as Keegan’s Killarney absence in essence hands the championship fight over to Bradley Liebenberg and Volkswagen factory pilot Jonathan Mogotsi.
Jono has now driven himself straight into championship contention following his maiden SupaCup victory at East London last time out. That on top of a hugely consistent SupaCup season so far, now sees Mogotsi ready, willing, able, and certainly close enough, being just eight points adrift of his friend and rival Liebenberg. The championship attention has now shifted to a fresh focus between these two.
Fourth in the chase, Vereeniging racer Arnold Neveling finds himself in championship no-man’s land, but a good result will thrust him into contention for a battle for third with Campos. Local hero this weekend, Cape Town rookie Tate Bishop’s Angri LTR car sits a lonely championship fifth. Tate however has the home ground advantage, which has often proven crucial at Killarney. Bishop’s faithful home fans will be looking forward to seeing how this quick local youngster fares.
Two more locals complete the entry list. Graphix Supply World racer, David Franco makes his SupaCup comeback this weekend. And it’s a big day for newly crowned double South African National Rotax DD2 karting champion Sebastian Boyd, who makes his main circuit racing debut aboard his Boyd Boss Freight entry.
Other SupaCup heroes to keep an eye on include JP van der Walt, who will be keen to shake off his recent run of bad luck aboard his Platinum Wheels machine. And Polo Cup graduate and lady racer Karah Hill’s Kalex version. Cape Town driver Danie van Niekerk leads the SupaCup Masters chase aboard his Titan Stunts Polo and he will be looking for another good points haul at home. Masters champion Nick Davidson is expected to make a SupaCup return.
All of which will make for most intriguing GTC SupaCup weekend at Killarney’s National Extreme Festival Saturday 9 September.
*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 Lausbcher
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