Toyota Gazoo Racing SA is set to elevate the excitement of its GR Cup significantly at the upcoming second round of the 2024 season. The event will witness an impressive expansion, welcoming five dealer-entered GR Yaris cars into the mix. This addition introduces a three-category structure to each race, further enriching the competitive landscape. Highlighting the event, six of South Africa’s premier automotive journalists will showcase their skills in the cutting-edge GR Corolla, drawing attention and anticipation.

The competition also features participants from the GR 86 Development Academy, including the esteemed Setshaba Mashigo, a former GR Cup champion, now taking on the challenges in a GR 86. A total of 17 cars are expected to take the track in each race, promising a thrilling spectacle for fans.

The season opener was marked by an impressive performance from Sean Nurse of AutoTrader, who clinched the pole position and emerged victorious in both races, closely followed by Hannes Visser from La’t Wiel. The initial races also saw commendable efforts from other contenders, setting the stage for an intense battle in the upcoming round.

In the GR 86 Development Academy, Setshaba Mashigo is making a noteworthy return, aiming to build on his previous success. The leaderboard is currently topped by Dawie van der Merwe, with Mashigo and Niko Zafiris not far behind, both tied for the second spot. The inclusion of GR Yaris drivers promises to add an extra layer of excitement to the weekend’s races.

The action-packed weekend will kick off with practice sessions, followed by qualifying rounds and culminating in two highly anticipated races at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Gauteng. This venue, renowned as one of South Africa’s most iconic racing circuits, is the perfect backdrop for what promises to be an unforgettable round of the GR Cup.