The MotorMart Racing driver learned his craft around the Cape Town venue, but competing in South Africa’s closest circuit racing category will present a new challenge to Kriel.
Following the accident in Round 2, Kriel’s car had to be rebuilt but he still managed to complete one shakedown session prior to the Cape Town trip. By not scoring any points at Zwartkops Raceway he also dropped down on the points table to ninth position with 17 points.
“We’ve learned some harsh lessons at Zwartkops, but we believe this will see us coming back stronger” said Kriel. “First and foremost, we don’t want to find ourselves bunched in the midfield again and we know we have the pace to prevent that. That’s why we have to capitalise on the Qualifying session and get into the top-six early.”
Kriel’s experience around the Killarney International Raceway will be advantageous, but this will not let him become complacent. “Of course, I know Killarney very well, but throughout the field there are a lot of drivers who have raced there on numerous occasions. With this being my first Falken Polo Cup season, there will also be a ‘something new’ element to it. We will make the most of whatever slight edge there might be though. It will definitely be a fiercely-contested race day.”
Kriel would like to invite all motorsport fans in the Western Cape to attend Saturday’s two championship races. Fans can also follow the progress on the following two Facebook pages:
Stiaan Kriel Racing: http://www.facebook.com/StiaanKrielRacing
MotorMart Klerksdorp: http://www.facebook.com/MotorMartKld
Stiaan Kriel would like to thank the following sponsors for making his 2019 Falken Polo Cup season possible: MotorMart Klerksdorp, Creative Ink Media, Spanjaard, N4 Autocraft, Colt &Toyota Spares, Geardown Gearbox, Bessie Bester Motors, Kalex and Most Wanted Performance Tuning.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom for MotorMart Klerksdorp