The anticipation is building as the GR Cup, driven by Netstar and presented by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa, gears up for an electrifying showdown at the Zwartkops International Raceway. This weekend marks the culmination of an action-packed season, and while Setshaba Mashigo has already clinched the 2023 GR Cup title, the battle for second place promises to deliver intense competition and excitement.
As the final round of the championship approaches, Setshaba Mashigo (ASAMM) stands as the undisputed champion, having secured the title with a series of commanding performances throughout the season. However, the spotlight now shifts to the fierce contest for second place, which is as thrilling as ever.
Denis Droppa (TimesLIVE), Mark Jones (Citizen), and Chad Luckhoff (Auto Trader) find themselves locked in a tight battle for the runner-up position in the overall standings. Droppa currently sits in second place with 37 points, closely trailed by both Jones and Luckhoff, each with 36 points to their name. The margin is incredibly narrow, with only a single point separating the contenders.
Adding to the excitement is Brendon Staniforth (Maroela Media), who is in fifth place with 34 points, a mere three points adrift of second place. With the points gap so close, the final races of the season are set to be fiercely contested, with each driver vying for a coveted higher position in the standings.
The Zwartkops International Raceway, known for its challenging layout and rich racing history, provides the perfect backdrop for the championship’s thrilling conclusion. The action-packed weekend will kick off with practice sessions on Friday, offering drivers the opportunity to fine-tune their skills and set their sights on the top positions.
Qualifying and two race heats are scheduled for Saturday, ensuring a day filled with high-speed thrills and intense competition. With so much at stake and the title of runner-up still up for grabs, fans can expect a breathtaking display of skill and determination from the motoring writers in the GR Cup.
The 2023 GR Cup has delivered unforgettable moments and thrilling battles throughout the season, and the Zwartkops International Raceway promises to provide the grand stage for a memorable finale. This weekend will also see Toyota South Africa Motors’ Vice-President of Marketing, Glenn Crompton, join the fray as guest driver in one of the exciting GR86 cars.
GLOBAL TOURING CARS:
There will also be huge interest as the motorsport fraternity turns its attention to the thrilling finale of the 2023 Global Touring Cars (GTC) championship this weekend. The season-long battle for supremacy will culminate in a high-stakes showdown between TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa’s (TGRSA) Saood Variawa and the experienced privateer, Robert Wolk. With just three points separating them, the championship is on a knife’s edge as they head into the final weekend.
TGRSA’s trio of talented drivers, Saood Variawa, Nathi Msimanga, and Michael van Rooyen, will once again take to the track, ready to give their all in this championship-deciding event. While the spotlight shines brightly on the Variawa-Wolk duel, it’s important to note that Nathi Msimanga holds a strong third place overall in the championship standings, poised for a potential upset in the final races. Michael van Rooyen, currently in fifth place, is determined to make his presence felt and end the season on a high note.
The weekend’s action will kick off with practice rounds on Friday, providing the drivers with the opportunity to fine-tune their setups and adapt to the track’s intricacies. Saturday will witness Qualifying sessions that will determine the starting grid for the pivotal races.
Weather conditions are expected to play a crucial role in the weekend’s proceedings. While Friday may see unpredictable weather with potential rain, Saturday is anticipated to offer dry and cloudy conditions, setting the stage for intense racing action.
“It’s a thrilling moment for TGRSA and motorsport fans as we head into this championship decider,” says Riaan Esterhuysen of TGRSA. “Saood has shown incredible determination and skill throughout the season, but the battle with Robert Wolk has been intense. The championship comes down to these final races, and it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Our team is fully prepared, and we are eager to put on a spectacular show for fans.”
As the tension mounts and the excitement builds, motorsport enthusiasts from around the country will be eagerly watching to see which driver will emerge victorious in the battle for the 2023 GTC championship. With just three points separating the contenders and unpredictable weather in the mix, every lap, every move, and every decision will be crucial in this championship showdown.
Stay tuned for an unforgettable weekend of racing as TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa takes on the challenges of the Zwartkops International Raceway in their quest for championship glory.