During the exciting second round of the 2024 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GR Cup at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Sean Nurse from AutoTrader clinched two significant victories, enhancing his lead despite Alex Shahini from CAR initially showing faster pace during the qualifying rounds.

Shahini, who had secured third place in both initial races of the season at Killarney, displayed unexpected speed from the start in Kyalami. Despite Shahini’s surprise pole position, only narrowly ahead of Nurse by 0.1 seconds, Nurse managed to regain his dominance starting the first race from second.

Hannes Visser and other media participants drove GR Corollas, competing alongside five GR Yaris driven by Toyota dealer representatives and guests, which intensified the competition. Nurse quickly took the lead by overtaking Shahini at Sunset corner, while Visser temporarily advanced to second before a high-stakes battle saw him lose position to Shahini.

The race was fraught with challenges, including a dramatic roll-over incident involving Visser’s GR Corolla, illustrating the critical role of advanced safety gear in the GR Cup. The first race concluded with Nurse winning, followed by Shahini and Visser, after a red flag froze the standings due to the accident.

In the second race, Nurse again led, with Shahini and Jaco van der Merwe from Citizen battling behind him. Technical issues with Shahini’s brakes led to his early exit, placing Van der Merwe in second, followed by Kumbi Mtshakazi and Bernie Hellberg. Shahini finished fifth, earning points for completing part of the race.

Nurse now leads the standings with 28 points, Shahini follows with 17, and Visser is third with 14 points. The event highlighted not only the competitiveness of the drivers but also the robustness of the GR Cup vehicles amid intense racing conditions.

Meanwhile, in the GR 86 Development Academy, 2023 GR Cup champion Setshaba Mashigo struggled to keep pace, finishing sixth in both races, with hopes to improve in the upcoming rounds. The next event is eagerly awaited at the Zwartkops Speed Festival, promising more high-speed racing action at a venue familiar to many of the drivers.