Following Johan Fourie’s recent victory during Round 4 of the 2018 Sasol GTC Championship at the Border Motorsport East London Grand Prix Circuit, the EPS Racing Team is getting ready for another coastal race weekend. Round 5 of the championship will see them in action at the Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, July 14 and will provide the team with another two scoring opportunities to climb up the championship table.
“We’re pretty much back where we want to be” says Fourie. “East London didn’t just gradually improve the spirit in the team, it was more something like grabbing us by the collar and pulling us right up there again. 2018 is by far not our easiest season, but we’ve bounced back as a very strong unit and we’re ready for what lies ahead. We have to thank the VM Innovations team for this: Rebuilding our EPS Racing BMW virtually from scratch following Round 1 during a compressed early part of the calendar was not an easy job.”
Although the BMW competitors will not be heading to Port Elizabeth as firm favourites, Fourie has a history of finishing on top at the circuit despite the odds: “Back in 2014 this was the event which started our successful run which ended in the Production Car championship title. We were certainly not the favourites leading into that race weekend. Back then we were the only rear-wheel drive entries competing against four-wheel-drive cars, but we emerged victorious. We’ll take inspiration from that memorable weekend as we prepare for Round 5. This coming weekend we’ll also be competing on a brand new track surface; something which will undoubtedly level the playing field. Friday’s practice sessions will be crucial to obtain our ideal setup. It’s a short, tight circuit where you have to work hard to pass so a good qualifying position will be vital.”
The weekend will get off to an early start with Fourie who was already announced as one of 2018 competitors participating in the Race with GTC Fan Karting Competition which will take place at the Celso Scribante Karting Circuit on Thursday, July 12. This fan activation hosted by the championship in conjunction with MSR4 Karting will see six lucky winners teaming up with some of the starts from both the Sasol GTC and GTC2 classes: “This is certainly something that I’m looking forward to participating in. This is a great initiative that will not just get us competitors closer together on a more informal platform, but also allow us to interact with our fans in a quite unique way. I’d like to invite everyone to head over to the Global Touring Cars Facebook page and enter.”
Johan Fourie and the EPS Racing Team would like to invite their supporters in the Eastern Cape to attend Saturday’s racing. As always the spectators are also invited to visit the team in pit lane.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – EPS Courier Services Johan Fourie Racing