Engen VW Cup championship leader Kelvin van der Linde was quickest in qualifying for his two races, claiming
third in race one after drawing fourth on the grid and finishing a disappointed 27th in race two after having to pit to
replace a flat wheel. Contact with another competitor on lap one resulted in damage to the tyre.
Despite this set back, the 16-year-old from Johannesburg retains a comfortable lead in the championship,
although his advantage over second-placed Devin Robertson, the defending champion, has been reduced from
65 to 47 points.
Van der Linde was understandably upset about his bad luck in race two. “I had contact with the same driver in
both races. In race one I nearly lost control altogether when I was knocked sideways and on to the grass on lap
two. I was lying third and rejoined the race in sixth place. In race two, his attempt to end my race in the barriers resulted in a flat wheel and I had to stop to
change it. We put in a lot of effort preparing for this race meeting and I was confident I could do well this
weekend. It’s very disappointing to miss out in this way.”
The driver concerned, Kosie Weyers, who failed to finish either race, was subsequently penalised for his part in
both incidents with a one race ban for the following event at Zwartkops Raceway.