Sasol GTC Racing Team geared for tough battle in title rival's backyard

Gennaro Bonafede, the current Sasol GTC Championship points leader and his team mate Robert Wolk travel to the 2.4km long Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 15th July for what is expected to be their toughest battle of the year.

The Sasol GTC Racing Team will go head-to-head with the Audi GTC team of Michael Stephen and Simon Moss who are based at the circuit and know the intricacies of the track like the back of their hands.

With four victories under his fireproof racing suit belt, Bonafede has a 59 point lead as the GTC series reaches the mid-point of the season.  He is acutely aware that his Audi rivals, second and third in the series standings have a reputation for being virtually unbeatable at home but remains unfazed and intends to show that the reputation is no more than an urban legend.

The BMW GTC racing car, powered by Sasol Turbofuels Plus™ is a match for anything in the GTC Championship with seven visits to the podium so far, leaving Team Manager Vic Maharaj confident but cautious about his team's prospects: "With the new softer compound tyres we use this year, we are going in blind as we have no database of knowledge relating to its lifecycle. The Audi team obviously does a lot of testing there, so we have to maximize our track time during the free practice sessions and optimize our set-up for the abrasive surface."

Maharaj continued: "We are looking at the overall championship and must pick our fights carefully. The teams will be running the soft and hard compound tyres in the two races which presents a new dynamic. I am expecting Gennaro and Robbie to be on the pace and return two undamaged cars to me afterwards".

Title leader Bonafede is looking forward to the battle that lies in store: "The track is an enjoyable one with its mix of fast flowing corners and sweeps with  two hard braking areas.  I want to win in Michael’s backyard and keep my championship lead intact at the end of the weekend, although it will be a tough ask given the amount of laps they do.  I’ve lead the championship since round one and I am keen to keep it that way!”

Robert Wolk has not raced at the Aldo Scribante circuit for three years but is looking forward to his weekend’s challenge: “The circuit has a good blend of corners and a long fast straight, so exit speed out of the last corner will be crucial to a good lap time. The surface is abrasive which adds an interesting dynamic as the soft tyres will fall off quite quickly.  Although I’m starting on the back foot I had a productive test recently and I am heading in the right direction.  I’m forecasting a podium”.

The Sasol GTC Racing Team welcomes race fans to their pits to chat to the drivers and view the BMW GTC race cars up close.

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