Double reigning South African Global Touring Car champions, Chemical Logistics Racing heads to one of its happy hunting grounds with a three-car line-up for Killarney’s Extreme Festival powered by the City of Cape Town Global Touring Car races on Saturday 18 March.
The team enjoyed a mixed weekend at the opening Kyalami races a couple of weeks back when team rookie and reigning F1600 champion Josh Le Roux kept out of trouble to take a shock debut overall victory aboard his Master Stairs Investchem Audi S3. Double champion Robert Wolk and his Chemical Logistics Racing Toyota Corolla GTC, and Killarney home hero Andrew Rackstraw and Sparco RDSA Volkswagen Golf GTC will both want to deliver on the promise each showed before trouble disrupted progress.
Pole man last time out, Robert Wolk’s car suffered an engine misfire and also needed midrace repairs in the second race at Kyalami. “The team seems to have overcome the issue that bothered us all weekend last time out, so I’m keen to get out there and do the business,” Robbie admitted. “Fortunately we were not the only ones to find trouble in the opening round and we are still in a handy championship position and I look forward to building on that at Killarney.
Andrew Rackstraw’s Kyalami weekend was interrupted when he became victim of a rival’s robust driving tactics in the second heat, after ending a troubled fourth due to transmission trouble in the first race. “Most importantly, I was able to mix it with the front guys at Kyalami, so the idea is to do more of the same and try bring it home in a leading position in both races and to give my home fans something to shout about,” Andrew explained. “Most of all we’d love a clean weekend, the rest should follow by itself!”
Young Josh Le Roux is looking forward to race at one of his favourite racetracks. “We need to put that incredible GTC debut out of our minds and get back to reality for Killarney,” Josh pointed out. “I am still very much learning the ropes and finding my feet in GTC, so this weekend is all about building up pace and confidence. “But as Kyalami proved, anything can happen, so I will once again try my best to keep my nose clean and stay out of trouble, as you never know what pieces we will pick up!”
“Lady luck played a big part in the first race,” Chemical Logistics Racing’s WCT Engineering team manager Stuart Thompson reflected. “A few incidents and some gremlins turned the expected order on its head, so from our side the objective is to give the guys the best cars we can to ensure they come out on top. “Good luck guys, let’s give Cape Town a show it will not forget.”
The first Global Touring car round had its challenges, but that’s just racing,” Chemical Logistics team boss Ian Schofield concludes. “Robert Wolk and Andrew are ready to turn it around and Josh has already proven that anything can happen in GTC racing. “Go get it guys!”
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