With just three rounds left for the year, the festival moves to Dezzi's, where the 2.5-kilometre track lies in wait for the national competitors. Racing at this circuit - so late in the season - could result in an unexpected shake-up.
With three Audi S4 quattro racers at the top of the leader board, it looks more and more like the NPCC title will go to one of these three competitors, this season. At the top of the log is Hennie Groenewald, (8 – Audi Sasol racing) who is currently nine points in the lead.
Second spot is held by Michael Stephen, (12 – Engen Xtreme) while Gennaro Bonafede, (32 – Audi Sasol racing) is in third place – with a three-point gap between them.
This thin 12-point spread between the top three racers will certainly prove to be the catalyst for some exciting racing in the remaining rounds, and with the Audi S4 quattro racers 26 points ahead of the fourth-placed competitor, their dominance in this series is difficult to challenge.
With five rounds of the manic little Volkswagen Polo Cup completed, it’s Sheldon van der Linde, (1 – Champion) who is the clear leader in the Engen Volkswagen Cup. Most of the bonus points for pole position qualifying and fastest lap during a race have been claimed by Van der Linde. With seven race victories, he has also appeared on the top step of the podium this year, more than any other competitor.
While Van der Linde will be enjoying his 18-point lead, he won't be taking it easy. With more than 150 points available for the remainder of this season, there is still a significant threat to his lead. The greatest of these threats comes from Mathew Hodges, (M1 – Makopano/Phoenix Signs/959 Panelbeaters).
Hodges is the lead master in the series and is currently in second place in the overall championship as well. Hodges has produced some very consistent results this year and is in a strong position to challenge for the overall lead.
Daniel Rowe, (2 – Ferodo) is in third place, 23 points (less than one race victory) behind Hodges and is quite capable of sending Hodges down the order in the remaining rounds of the championship. He's achieved good results this season and doesn't have to stand back for any of the other competitors. Rowe, however, finds himself in a similar position to the leading pair.
We sure can’t wait for the flag to drop down at Dezzi’s Raceway on the 29th of August. Will you be there?