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Date: 05 Sep 2017 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Volkswagen South Africa
Source: Volkswagen South Africa
Nowhere are the fans more knowledgeable and passionate about good motor racing as in Cape Town, and on 9 September, Killarney spectators will receive the opportunity to once again witness circuit racing’s biggest spectacle when the Engen Volkswagen Cup returns to the Western Cape for Round 7 of the 2017 series. With no less than 20 evenly-matched Volkswagen Polos with talented and determined young drivers behind their wheels, the Engen Volkswagen Cup has been responsible for putting up a major spectacle at all of South Africa’s racing circuits throughout the season, and Round 7 this coming weekend in Cape Town will be no different.

“The Volkswagen Cup racing recipe has been successful for decades, but this year so far has been a particularly good one for us at Volkswagen as well as the thousands of fans across the country,” said Mr. Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “The nature of the series is such that almost anyone can win and more often than not, you have several evenly-matched cars fighting for those coveted victories. And that’s exactly what people want to see.”

Having said that, one man in particular has stamped his authority on South Africa’s closest racing formula. Devin Robertson has won 7 of the 13 races so far in 2017, including a perfect hat trick of wins the last time out at Zwartkops just a month ago. “We had a perfect weekend that included a pole position, three race victories on the trot as well as the fastest lap in all three races. We couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said a delighted Robertson after winning at Zwartkops. “The points we collected in the process did our championship aspirations no harm at all.” He is quite right, as a string of victories leave him on 159 points, well clear of closest rival Juan Gerber who finds himself with 115 points. Gerber however has young Clinton Bezuidenhout hot on his heels with 114 points. The fight between these two, and of course Robertson, has been the highlight of the season so far.

Two more potential race winners currently find themselves in fourth and fifth on the points table respectively. In fact, both Jeffrey Kruger and Shaun La Réservée have won races earlier in the season and both will hope to repeat those performances this weekend in Cape Town. Matt Shorter, Tasmin Pepper and the Oates twins Darren and Justin occupy positions 6 to 9 on the points table, while Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jonathan Mogotsi rounds out the top 10.

“Jonathan has been a revelation in 2017,” continued Mike Rowe. “Not only has he improved on every event, but he even exceeded all of our expectations by claiming a victory in Port Elizabeth a few months ago. Considering that he has never raced competitively at this level before 2017, that achievement becomes even more remarkable.” Mogotsi is a product of Volkswagen’s investment in both South Africa as well as local motorsport. The youngster won the first ever Volkswagen Driver Search late in 2016 and his results so far in the Engen Volkswagen Cup is proof of the success of the programme. “The second Volkswagen Driver Search will take place later in September where we hope to unearth another talent like Jonathan’s which we will then nurture going forward. But that’s later. For now, all eyes will be on Cape Town this coming weekend to see who comes out on top. As Volkswagen Motorsport, we wish all the Volkswagen Cup competitors the best of luck,” Rowe concluded.
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