Largest crowd in recent history at racing day

2017-05-25 06:01
=A few technical issues robbed VW Motorsport teammate Kuda Vazhure of valuable practice time, but at the end of the day he moved up into a very respectable 7th place overall.                 Photo:SUPPLIED

=A few technical issues robbed VW Motorsport teammate Kuda Vazhure of valuable practice time, but at the end of the day he moved up into a very respectable 7th place overall. Photo:SUPPLIED

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The famous and historic East London Grand Prix Circuit hosted a full field of no fewer than 22 fast and determined men and women who all had aspirations of claiming victory on SA’s fastest stage.

In the end, it was Universal Healthcare’s Jeffrey Kruger who took the overall spoils, but not before putting up a great show for the thousands of fans who enjoyed the action on the iconic piece of tarmac.

“Round 3 of the Engen Volkswagen Cup was a perfect example of why the series is such a success and why it has been for decades. You have more than 20 racing drivers in identical cars. Put them all on the same piece of fast but narrow tarmac that includes feared corners like Potter’s Pass and Rifle Bend, and you are in for a treat,” said Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport.

When all the points were added, Kruger emerged as the big winner of the day. Shorter claimed second overall with Clinton Bezuidenhout completing the overall podium.

But perhaps the performance of the day belonged to Volkswagen Motorsport’s very own Jonathan Mogotsi.

It was his first visit to East London and the first time he laid eyes on the feared Potter’s and Rifle sweeps that test driving talent to the full, but the 2016 Volkswagen Driver Search winner came through with flying colours to record a career best 6th place finish in race 1.

Volkswagen Motorsport teammate Kuda Vazhure was less fortunate. A few technical issues robbed him of valuable practice time early in the weekend, but when the flags were waved to signal the end of the weekend’s racing he had moved himself up into a very respectable 7th overall.

“We are very pleased with the way the series is going. It develops future stars while entertaining the fans in the process,” said Mike Rowe after completion of the second and final race.

“But we are even more pleased with the great progress made by our own two drivers Mogotsi and Vazhure. They are improving with every outing and after showing their mettle at East London, it’s only a matter of time before they start fighting for those coveted podium positions.”

  • The next opportunity to do that will be at Round 4 of the Extreme Festival scheduled to take place at Pretoria’s Zwartkops Racing Circuit on 16 and 17 June.

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