SA Touring Cars

Van der Walt eyes more success in Gqeberha

Following his successful title defence at the 2022 Simola Hillclimb, Jean-Pierre van der Walt returns to Global Touring Cars (GTC) SupaCup duty this coming weekend (May 27-28) for the third round of this year’s championship at Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Gqeberha.

Van der Walt occupies sixth place in the championship with 32 points and is locked in the battle for fourth place. The Platinum Wheels Polo SupaCup driver is still searching for his maiden race podium after joining the series this season.

“Aldo (Scribante Racetrack) has always been good to me and I’m looking forward to a competitive weekend” says Van der Walt. “We have made considerable improvements in Round 2 and we know that we still have some way to go. So the best is certainly yet to come.”

One of the big talking points around this year’s championship, is the battle between seasoned stalwarts vs. the new generation of drivers who stepped up to the premier category in 2022. “It is probably the most equal and best-controlled series in South Arica, emphasising the depth of the driver’s talent and not his pocket. While most of us have competed at this circuit before in other categories, it will be something new for us in GTC SupaCup. Adapting to the circuit quickly will certainly count for a lot this weekend. I am not one for predictions, but we will be giving it our all and hopefully that will see us stepping onto the podium.”

Saturday will see Van der Walt competing in two races. The first of these will be contested over 12 laps and is scheduled to start at 12:40. Race 2 will be contested over 15 laps at 15:45. Spectator information will be made available by the event promoter. The full race day will also be streamed live via the PW Racing Facebook page.

Jean-Pierre van der Walt

Issued by Motorsport Fanatix on behalf of Platinum Wheels

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