With the 2018 Sasol GTC Championship heading into its season finale at Zwartkops Raceway, EPS Racing driver Johan Fourie has some very firm goals set for himself. Despite a host of good performances since Round 4, the title is out of his reach. This will however not hold him back from aiming for a pair of good results on Saturday, October 20; and with good reason.
The first of his goals can already by ticked off. Driving the VM Innovations prepared BMW 2 GTC, Fourie is one of two privately entered competitors in the championship. On Tuesday, October 10 his rival for top-privateer honours Michael van Rooyen announced that he would not be participating in the season finale due to injuries sustained in a cycling accident.
“it’s a bit of a let-down that Michael won’t be on the grid as we’ve had some very good races during 2018.” Says Fourie about his rival’s absence. “I certainly wish him a speedy recovery and am looking forward to continuing our battle come 2019.”
The second goal for Fourie will be to solidify his fourth position in the championship: “Given a rocky start to our 2018 season, we knew that a top-three result would be a bit difficult to achieve. Our re-adjusted target was fourth position and we’re on par to achieve this.”
With 242 points behind his name, Fourie’s main rival will be Daniel Rowe on 237 points. The racing between this pair has been close throughout 2018; twice this resulted in contact: “I think above anything else, this season has shown how evenly we have been matched. Heading into the last round there’s only 5 points between us. We both have also done very well in the day’s reverse races, so this one certainly looks like going down to the wire.”
Fourie would like to invite all motorsport fans in Gauteng to attend the day’s action. Race 1 is scheduled to start at 12:10 with Race 2 at 15:35. Prior to the first race, there will also be a grid walk where the fans will be able to meet the team. Tickets can be purchased directly from the venue on the day at: R120.00 per adult, R90.00 per student and with children under the age of 12 entering for free. Fans are also invited to keep up with Fourie’s progress throughout the weekend by following his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JohanFourieRacing.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – Johan Fourie Racing