Liebenberg scores double podium in PE, extends championship lead

Having reached the half way mark in the Championship, increased his lead in the 2 standings with a double podium finish at the in Port Elizabeth.

Liebenberg recorded his sixth consecutive pole-position at Round 4 of the GTC Championship. Picture: Raymond Cornwell

An inform Liebenberg arrived at the home of Volkswagen, having won five of the last six races in his VW Motorsport South Africa Golf GTI. Despite not being the quickest in every practice session, Liebenberg went on to score his fourth consecutive pole-position of the 2019 season.

The opening lap of Race 1 saw Liebenberg head into Turn 1 leading the class, a lead he never relinquished over the 12-lap race. Lapping consistently quickly, Liebenberg was able to manage his pace and maintain a comfortable gap to second. He went on to cross the finish line and record his sixth race victory of the season. Liebenberg started in 5th for Race 2, following the customary inverted-grid format and was soon challenging for the lead of the race on Lap-2. With 10 laps remaining, Liebenberg and stable-mate, Adrian Wood, were caught up in a fierce battle for the lead in front of an appreciative partisan crowd. Wood was however able to fend off the challenge and went on to take the win ahead of Liebenberg.

“We’ve shown again what an awesome car this VW Golf GTI is. It delivered again and I’m happy we could do this in front of the VW fans that came out in support today. It’s been a great weekend for me and I’ve increased my lead in the championship. Well done to Adrian on his win in Race 2 and thanks to the team for their hard work. I’m looking forward to the next one at Zwartkops,” said Liebenberg.

The next round of the GTC Championship will be hosted at the Zwartkops Raceway over July 26-27.  

Story by Raymond Cornwell on behalf of

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