The Monitor Net Volkswagen Polo driver survived an attrition-filled opening race and clutch problems in Race 2 to take home two points-paying finishes at Zwartkops Raceway.
Friday saw Holliday Jnr display good pace throughout the three initial practice sessions; opting out of the fourth session to focus on setting up his car for the Qualifying. As the sun set over the Pretoria-based circuit, he took P3 on the gird for the next morning’s opening race.
Race 1 saw him involved in early contact and losing track position. He nevertheless worked his way back through the field to finish the race as runner-up behind Jacques Smith. The afternoon’s second race saw him having to battle a failing clutch, but still bringing the car home in fifth place.
“We were hoping for better results as our pace was good throughout” said Holliday Jnr. “We did however have to contend with factors beyond our control. Race 1 saw a host of incidents taking place and we were fortunate that we didn’t sustain any further damage. I got back up to second place, but didn’t have enough laps available to pursue and pass Jacques. In Race 2 we suffered from clutch issues and did the best we could to take home points. We can however take comfort from the fact that given the circumstances, we did deliver the best possible performance.”
Round 5 of the 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge will see Deon Holliday Jnr in action at Red Star Raceway on July 19-20.
In addition, he would also like to acknowledge and thank the associate sponsors of the MotorMart VW Challenge for making this exciting category possible: Norbrake Distribution, ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Yaskawa, Pozidrive and BPM Engineering.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom on behalf of Monitor Net