The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit saw Deon Holliday struggle with brake issues for the bigger part of the Kyalami 9 Hour weekend (November 21-23), but delivering a level-headed performance in Race 2 to record a sixth-place finish.
The weekend’s Volkswagen Polo Support Races saw him competing in Class B of the MotorMart VW Challenge and making a return to the venue for the fist time in two years.
Friday saw two morning practice sessions in relative quick succession with the team unable to conduct any major work in between. He set the eighth-fastest time in Qualifying ahead of the afternoon’s first race.
By the time of the first race the circuit just started drying out after a massive downpour; not the type of conditions that anyone would like to attempt while dealing with brake issues. The problems also worsened which forced him to retire on the opening lap after a complete brake failure. With a full evening between races this provided the team time to have the car ready for Race 2 where Holliday Jnr crafted his way through the back of the field to finish in sixth place.
“Not an ideal result for us, but at least we managed to resolve this issue in a non-championship round prior to 2020. Race 2 was a good one coming through the field from last on the grid. The safety car might have hampered our progress though, particularly at the restart where I was held up by a slower Class A car. Of course we also managed to avoid the carnage in both races. With the car intact and problems resolved, we’re ready for the new season that lies ahead.”
Deon Holliday Jnr would like to thank his sponsors Monitor Net, Centpart Motorparts, Fastprinting & Signs, and Centworx for making his 2019 season possible.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom on behalf of Monitor Net