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Local GTC season kicks off with a bang!

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Local GTC season kicks off with a bang!

 

The first round of the local Global Touring Car (GTC) championship was held at the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town on 19 – 20 March, and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA had what it took to walk away with victory.

The 2021 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GTC team is made up of Michael van Rooyen and Mandla Mdakane, both driving Toyota Corollas. Van Rooyen narrowly missed out on victory in the COVID-curtailed 2020 championship, so it was no surprise when he emerged victorious in the first race of 2021.

As this was the start of the season, this was also the first race with the new format, which saw two races over the course of the race meet as before, with the first race consisting of 12 laps as usual. The second race, however, is now contested over a period of 30 minutes, with a final lap added at the end of the period. (Well, that was the plan, but the second race had to be shortened to just 20 minutes due to delays.)

The first race saw Van Rooyen run in second place for much of the race, before he took a gap to overtake in the second half and held off the other competitors for a narrow victory. Mdakane finished in fifth place before a penalty moved him one spot back.

The second race of the day saw Mdakane finish on the podium for his first time in the class, in third place. Van Rooyen finished in fifth for a successful day’s work for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GTC team.

Round 2 of the championship will take place on 17 April at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth will host Round 3 on 29 May; while the East London GP will do the same for Round 4 on 3 July. The championship heads back inland for Round 5, at the Red Star Raceway near Delmas, before returning to the Killarney International Raceway for Round 6 of 25 September. The seven-round season is set to conclude on 23 October, at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria.

 

 

 

 

 

Local GTC season kicks off with a bang!

 

The first round of the local Global Touring Car (GTC) championship was held at the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town on 19 – 20 March, and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA had what it took to walk away with victory.

The 2021 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GTC team is made up of Michael van Rooyen and Mandla Mdakane, both driving Toyota Corollas. Van Rooyen narrowly missed out on victory in the COVID-curtailed 2020 championship, so it was no surprise when he emerged victorious in the first race of 2021.

As this was the start of the season, this was also the first race with the new format, which saw two races over the course of the race meet as before, with the first race consisting of 12 laps as usual. The second race, however, is now contested over a period of 30 minutes, with a final lap added at the end of the period. (Well, that was the plan, but the second race had to be shortened to just 20 minutes due to delays.)

The first race saw Van Rooyen run in second place for much of the race, before he took a gap to overtake in the second half and held off the other competitors for a narrow victory. Mdakane finished in fifth place before a penalty moved him one spot back.

The second race of the day saw Mdakane finish on the podium for his first time in the class, in third place. Van Rooyen finished in fifth for a successful day’s work for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GTC team.

Round 2 of the championship will take place on 17 April at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth will host Round 3 on 29 May; while the East London GP will do the same for Round 4 on 3 July. The championship heads back inland for Round 5, at the Red Star Raceway near Delmas, before returning to the Killarney International Raceway for Round 6 of 25 September. The seven-round season is set to conclude on 23 October, at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria.