From one Extreme to another. Following the tight twists and turns of Dezzi Raceway, Stiaan Kriel heads to fast straights and looping bends of the Phakisa Freeway for Round 6 of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge championship on Saturday, September 15.
Heading into the final three rounds of the season, Kriel finds himself in second place in the Class A standings while occupying third position in the overall standings. With 63 points behind his name he trails the respective leaders by 9 and 10 points. With more than 50% of his race starts ending in victory, he’ll be one of the top contenders for a good result in the Free State.
An accident during the last round however saw the team having to work hard to repair damages sustained. Fortunately this didn’t hamper his preparation. Due to the very abrasive surface of the former MotoGP circuit, an ideal setup to maximise tyre life will be crucial with this being the primary focus of testing prior to the trip to Welkom.
“The Phakisa Freeway is a very interesting circuit to prepare for” explains Kriel. “It’s built to entice you to go fast and aggressive, but there is a price that you’ll be paying for it in terms of tyre wear. We’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring the right balance between pace and grip and are confident about our chances. This race will be crucial for our assault on the championship, therefore nothing will be left to chance.”
Apart from the MotorMart VW Challenge, Kriel will also share his Pozidrive / Kalex Volkswagen Polo with Robyn Kruger again for the Phakisa 200. As in 2017 this will be the team’s secondary objective for the weekend: “Our main focus is of course on the MotorMart VW Challenge. The Phakisa 200 is one of the biggest events which are open to competitors from a host of categories competing in Gauteng and it will certainly be good to repeat our success from last year.”
Kriel would like to thank his sponsors for making his 2018 season possible: Pozidrive, Dale Automation, Kalex, Spanjaard, N4 Autocraft, Geardown Gearbox & Diff, Racing with God, SAX Shocks, Most Wanted Performance Tuning, Bessie Bester Motors and S&S Meat
In addition Kriel would also like to thank the associate sponsors of the MotorMart VW Challenge for making this exciting category possible: Norbrake Distribution, ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Yaskawa, BPM Engineering and Pozidrive.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – Stiaan Kriel Racing