A win for Stiaan Kriel during the day’s final race was not enough to secure a championship title following two crucial penalties. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom

Dramatic season finale sees Kriel finish as 2018 Runner-up

A dramatic 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge season finale saw Stiaan Kriel controversially finishing as championship runner up on Saturday, November 10. His on-track performance would have seen him taking his maiden title, but two significant protests saw Rory Atkinson emerge as champion at Zwartkops Raceway. Heading into Round 8, Kriel headed up the points table with a one-point advantage over Atkinson. Saturday morning’s qualifying session was stopped early on due to a competitor depositing oil onto the circuit. The red…

Stiaan Kriel will dig down deep to pull out his maiden MotorMart VW Challenge title. Picture: Paul Blackburn

Kriel to push hard for title glory

The final round of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge sees Stiaan Kriel heading up both the category and Class A championship battles by a single point. Come Saturday afternoon, November 10, he could be celebrating his maiden championship title at Zwartkops Raceway. After many years of competing in the Western Cape GTi Challenge, Kriel relocated to Centurion during 2016. This saw him switch to the VW Challenge where he made a significant impact; particularly during the first event at the…

A strong weekend for Stiaan Kriel sees him leading the championship heading into the finale. Picture: Paul Blackburn

Kriel takes championship lead at penultimate Challenge

The penultimate round of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge at Zwartkops Raceway finished with the hunter ending the day as the hunted. With another superb display on Saturday, October 20, Stiaan Kriel now heads into the season finale with a one-point lead in the championship. The weekend started with Kriel finding good form early on Friday which he carried through all the way to Saturday morning’s qualifying session. Although the session came to an early halt following an incident, Kriel…

Stiaan Kriel aims to stay at the front of the MotorMart VW Challenge field. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom

Crunch-time countdown for Kriel in championship battle

The home stretch in the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge is upon us. Following his dominant display during Round 6 at the Phakisa Freeway, Stiaan Kriel in his Pozidrive / Kalex Volkswagen Polo finds himself in a good position to get even closer to the championship title at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, October 20. Counting down the numbers: Kriel is 4 points behind the leaders heading into the final 3 weeks which will see 2 rounds at 1 circuit.  With 85…

Robyn Kruger during the opening stages of the Phakisa 200 Endurance Race

Kriel and Kruger dominate at the Freeway

It was a day of dominance for Stiaan Kriel at the Phakisa Freeway on Saturday, September 15. The Pozidrive / Kalex Volkswagen Polo driver started his day with a double victory during Round 6 of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge, where after he partnered with Robyn Kruger to win Class 111/B in the Phakisa 200 Endurance race. Kriel found the perfect setup during Friday’s practice sessions to maximize pace while conserving tyres on the very abrasive former MotoGP circuit. During…