Defending Engen Volkswagen Cup champion Tschops Sipuka got off to a good start this season as he recorded two victories at Kyalami after starting both races from pole.

Defending Engen Volkswagen Cup champion Tschops Sipuka got off to a good start this season as he recorded two victories at Kyalami after starting both races from pole.

Two-times champion Sipuka qualified on pole for both races ahead of second overall placed Robert Briggs. Continuing last year's stunning performances, it is predicted that within a few races Briggs will pose the biggest threat to Sipuka after Hennie Groenewald's departure to the Samcar series.

While seeming up to the pace at certain points, Graeme Nathan finished third and fifth respectively in both heats. Third overall Iain Pepper applied pressure in both races and is another of the top contenders in this year's title chase.

The otherwise tame day was not without drama with a three-car crash in the first race. Luckily, none of the drivers were injured.

Association chairman Nigel Bricknell has said that "sparks are likely to fly" when the second round of the Vodacom Power Tour kicks off in Cape Town in April.

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