Following a well-deserved spring break in the Sasol GTC Championship, multiple South African champion Johan Fourie is ready for the final two rounds of the 2017 championship. The first of these will take place at the iconic Kyalami Grand Prix circuit on Saturday, November 4. Significant changes within the team has resulted in Fourie looking forward to some promising prospects ahead.
The changes all relate to the EPS Courier Services team contracting the services of VM Innovations to conduct all technical work on their BMW GTC. The company owned by Vic Maharaj is also responsible for the preparation of the two Sasol GTC BMW’s in the series. The change of supplier was brought upon with Fourie’s future series goals in mind as the Cape Town based driver explains: “Myself and Team Owner Philip Serfontein had a series of long discussions and this was a decision which we didn’t take lightly, but we believe that this will place us in a position to improve our chances of winning a championship. With my last title being the 2014 South African Production Car Championship, I’m certainly hungry for one again.”
In preparation for the upcoming race weekend which will form part of the Kyalami Motorsport Festival, Fourie’s car was completely stripped down and rebuilt by VM Innovations. With some drastic changes made and after completing a successful test the team is confident about their pace leading into the weekend.
It may however be a little too late for Fourie in the championship standings. With 264 points behind his name, he is presently in fourth position without a realistic possibility of progressing up the ladder. The four remaining scoring opportunities will however be utilized to consolidate this position and prepare for an onslaught on the title in 2018.
Fourie is looking forward to returning to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit: “I really love racing at Kyalami. In the past this has been a circuit which favoured my approach and I firmly believe that with our new partnership with VM Innovations we’ll be able to achieve the heights of those days again. There’s a significant improvement in the general feel of the car as well as our pace. I’m looking forward to Kyalami; it should be a good race weekend for us.”
Johan Fourie and the EPS Courier Services team would like invite their sponsors and fans alike to attend the action-packed roster for the event which will include all of South Africa’s leading national categories as well as the bulk of Gauteng’s regional categories.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – EPS Courier Services Johan Fourie Racing