Intense battles expected from competitive Falken Polo Cup field in East London

Intense battles expected from competitive Falken Polo Cup field in East London

25.08.2019: • Bradley Liebenberg heads championship standings going into round 6 • Reigning title-holder Jeffrey Kruger currently second overall

•    Bradley Liebenberg heads championship standings going into round 6

•    Reigning title-holder Jeffrey Kruger currently second overall

•    East London Grand Prix circuit to host tough battle

The Falken Polo Cup provides some of the closest and most exciting wheel-to-wheel racing on the South African motorsport calendar. The highly anticipated return to the fast and challenging East London Grand Prix circuit will undoubtedly bring more of the same.

The first half of the 2019 Falken Polo Cup was a two-horse race between reigning champion Jeffrey Kruger and Bradley Liebenberg. However, at round 5 of the championship at Zwartkops Raceway in July, the return of 2017 champion Devin Robertson threw a spanner in the works, as he not only set the pace during qualifying during his first outing in the new-generation Polo GTi (and was the only driver to go under 1 min 11 sec), but he snatched victory in the first race and secured second in heat two.

The race wins and runner-up positions were traded with Liebenberg who, crucially, moved into the championship lead by 17 points over Kruger - the latter having a disappointing outing, but he currently holds a 52-point advantage over third-placed Keegan Campos.

As the fastest race on the national calendar, the East London Grand Prix circuit rewards the brave, and is expected to deliver another exciting weekend of intense and extremely close action from the Falken Polo Cup brigade - and only the foolhardy would bet against Liebenberg to be a front-runner once again. Kruger will need a strong performance to keep Liebenberg - and this year's title - within sight, as only two rounds remain after next weekend's visit to the Eastern Cape.

"The Falken Polo Cup is always exciting and full of action, and fans can expect more of the same in East London," said Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. "Although Bradley and Jeffrey have led the charge this year, Devin's impressive return to the series at Zwartkops has certainly spiced up the racing.

The battle for third place in the championship is as hotly contested as ever, with Keegan Campos, Chris Shorter, Jurie Swart, Clinton Bezuidenhout, Jason Campos, Dario Busi and Matt Shorter all covered by a mere 25 points from third to ninth places in the title chase, respectively.

For Volkswagen Motorsport's Jonathan Mogotsi, who is currently 10th in the rankings, the return to East London will hopefully get his campaign back on track. Mogotsi was very competitive in East London last year and the talented driver will be hoping to return to his winning ways in 2019.

Action at the fastest circuit in South Africa will include free practice sessions on Friday with the qualifying and two races scheduled for Saturday.

Siyanga Madikizela- photo


25.08.2019 / MaP

More News

Team South Africa wins coveted Wolf Trophy
•    Team South Africa wins this year's International Spirit of Amarok competition, edging out eight other countries•    Driver and navigator duo, Christiaan and Pikke Otto walked away with the Wolf Trophy, finishing ahead of 17 other teams more >>
VW Polo Cup- Thrilling race for Liebenberg and Kruger, Robertson returns
Bradley Liebenberg and Jeffrey Kruger (ZA) have long been looking forward to this weekend: The two overall leaders met for the fifth race in the Polo Cup at the Zwartkops Raceway. However, the return of 2017 Polo Cup winner Devin Robertson (ZA) cau more >>
Global Touring Cars- Masters in second place, Liebenberg still leads GTC2
Volkswagen drivers Keagen Masters (ZA) and Daniel Rowe (ZA) scored important points at the fifth event of the Global Touring Cars South Africa. In the first of two races at the Zwartskops Raceway in Pretoria, Masters and Rowe drove their Volkswagen Jett more >>
All Power Audi fights tooth and nail on home ground
•    Pole position and race win for Simon Moss•    Simon Moss retains his championship lead•    All Power Audi team showcases competitive racing in round 4 of the 2019 GTC championship more >>
Double Points Target in Botswana for Ford Castrol Cross Country Team
•    Class T champions and points leaders Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable aiming to continue winning streak on marathon Botswana race•    Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer return in second NWM Ford Ranger, filling in for Brazilians Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea for the second time this year•   more >>
Volkswagen Polo Cup - Brad Liebenberg in a class of his own
Brad Liebenberg (ZA) has underlined his great form in the Volkswagen Polo Cup. Liebenberg won all three races in the fourth event of the season at the Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth (ZA). The five-time South African kart champion is n more >>
Global Touring Cars South Africa - Masters on the podium in the Jetta
.. Liebenberg wins againAt the fourth event of the Global Touring Cars South Africa (GTC) in Port Elizabeth, Keagan Masters (ZA) finished the first race in second place in his Volkswagen Jetta. Suffering from flu, team-mate Daniel Rowe (ZA) only just mi more >>
FCA Alfa Romeo Giulietta endurance team gears up to defend Index of Performance championship
This upcoming weekend, the racing action in the popular Mopar SA Endurance Series moves to Port Elizabeth, to the fabled Aldo Scribante Racetrack.   Included amongst the field of 19 starters will be the reigning Index of Performance championship-winning Alfa Romeo Giuli more >>
Volkswagen Polo Cup - Maiden win for Swart, Liebenberg still championship leader
Round three of the Volkswagen Polo Cup was held at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town (ZA). At the foot of Table Mountain, Jurie Swart (ZA) claimed his first victory in the Polo Cup after a tough battle with defending champion Jeffrey Kruger (ZA) in race one.Championship leader Bra more >>
Global Touring Cars South Africa (GTC) Victory for Daniel Rowe in the shadow of Table Mountain
Daniel Rowe (ZA) and Keagan Masters (ZA) again demonstrated the qualities of the Volkswagen Jetta at round three of the Global Touring Cars South Africa (GTC). Rowe moved into the lead shortly after the start of race one at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town (ZA), and went on to take the chequered flag. In doing so, he repeated last year’s success, when he claimed his maiden GTC victory i more >>
Festival of Motoring at all new Kyalami circuit
Who    KyalamiWhat    Festival of Motoring ReportWhere    Kyalami Grand Prix CircuitWhen    21-23 OctoberThe all-n more >>
South African Endurance, GT series set to star
The recent announcements of national championship status for the Mopar South African Endurance Series along with the establishment of the South African GT Challenge have been met with great interest both at hame and abroad as organisers of both s more >>

2001-2019 full copyright