Sasol GTC Racing Team out to entrench championship lead at East London races

Sandton, South Africa: The Sasol GTC Racing Team heads to the ultra-fast East London Grand Prix Circuit for round three of the Sasol GTC Championship with their lead driver Gennaro Bonafede enjoying an early season championship lead of 41 points following three victories from the last four races.

Robert Wolk in the second BMW GTC race car showed at Kyalami that he is up to speed after racing competitively  and  went on to earn his first points of the season.

The team has worked hard over the intervening weeks to ensure both Sasol Turbofuels™ Plus racing cars  are perfectly prepared for the daunting challenge that the Eastern Cape circuit brings, aware that their rivals have not been standing idly by.

Team Manager, Vic Maharaj says of the upcoming races: “We are going to East London with the aim of further entrenching our championship lead and remain competitive.  We have been burning the midnight oil, making sure we are race ready for a circuit which  history suggests  favours our competitors. Given the team’s current performance, I am hopeful that we will clinch top three positions.”

Championship leader, Bonafede is excited to race at the historic track once more and relishes the fast, sweeping nature of the 3.8km long circuit. “The BMW GTC racing car is  significantly different to when we raced here in December last year. The cars are running faster lap times this year and with soft compound tyres, Potter’s will be really hairy!  Braking is key to a fast lap - if you hit the pedal too late, you scrub off too much speed and will be slow on the following straight.. This race is very important  in my championship journey and I need to stay focussed and keep my composure”. 

Having grown up in East London, Wolk is looking forward to racing his Sasol GTC car in front of his childhood fans. “The track is amazingly fast and you are on full throttle for about 80% of the lap.  It will be interesting to see what grip levels my BMW gives me through Potter’s Pass and Rifle Range corners. Turn one on the other hand will be interesting under braking in a pack of equally matched racing cars. My goal is certainly to improve from my last performance at Kyalami and I think a podium position is a realistic goal for the weekend”.

Race fans are welcome to view the cars and talk to the drivers in the Sasol GTC Racing Team pits between the on-track action.

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