Maximum attack for Sasol GTC Racing Team at championship decider

Sandton, South Africa – The Sasol GTC Racing Team will be in maximum attack mode when the ninth and final round takes place at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria this Saturday.  The 2017 Sasol GTC Championship is at stake so the racing will be more intense than usual as Gennaro Bonafede takes on Michael Stephen in the showdown of the year.

With five wins and four additional podium places, as well as four pole positions and five fastest laps during the season, Bonafede powered his Sasol Turbofuels™ Plus BMW GTC racing car to the top of the championship standings and held that status until August when a series of competitor’s accidents saw the #32 BMW driver slip to second in the rankings.

With 111 points available from the two races with bonus points, Bonafede needs to haul 86 in on his title rival.  It is a tall order but the 26-year-old is up for the challenge. “It is a big ask, but I have run out of options other than to go for every point on the day. Motor racing is very unpredictable as I have experienced this year. The second half of my season wasn’t ideal. I won’t go down without a fight to the final chequered flag of the year. Either way, I want to end the year on a high.”

Robert Wolk, driving the #42 Sasol BMW GTC Racing car became only the third winner of the year in Port Elizabeth and claimed his maiden GTC pole position at Zwartkops in August. He is relishing getting to grips with the 2.4km race track west of Pretoria, and running interference to help his teammate. “This weekend I will put my own ambitions aside for the good of the team and try and help Gennaro as much as I can. Ideally, we can run one-two and hold of the competitors. I hope to repeat my qualifying form from our last outing here and start from the front row.”

Team manager Vic Maharaj is quietly confident of his team’s chances on race day: “The team has worked hard and the BMWs have often been the class of the field this year, running as the fastest cars.  Luck has not always been on our side in the second half of the season but that is what makes motorsport such an exciting sport. Our drivers will have perfectly prepared cars so it will be up to them to maximize their performance on raceday. Realistically it will be difficult to unseat Michael but I will be happy to end the season on a high note after a very competitive season of GTC racing.”

The Sasol GTC Racing Team will be on track on Friday afternoon for the all-important qualifying session at 16h35 with two 17 lap races scheduled for 11h55 and 15h05.  The popular Fan Grid Walk takes place immediately before race one.