A new challenge awaits Ferodo Racing’s Gennaro Bonafede, Kelvin van der Linde and Ernie van der Walt in the form of the uncompromising concrete walls of the 2,1-kilometre Durban street circuit that will host round five of the WesBank Super Series on Saturday and Sunday. While Bonafede, competing in class T of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship in a Ferodo VW Golf GTi, and Van der Walt, in his first season with Ferodo in Formula Volkswagen, have been struggling to get their championship campaigns underway, Van der Linde currently enjoys a healthy 61-point lead in only his second season in the Engen Volkswagen Cup Championship. The 15-year-old Johannesburg grade 10 student is aiming to become the youngest ever VW Cup champion and so far he has not put a foot wrong, winning three races and finishing on the podium eight times in nine races.
Van der Walt continues to battle with a single-seater that appears to be somewhat old and tired. Despite the best efforts of his pit crew, he has found himself bogged down in mid-field for most of the races with a variety of technical maladies. The 18-year-old grade 10 student from Hoopstad in the Free State is currently 10th in the championship standings and will be hoping for better luck this time round as he undertakes his first street race.
Bonafede, the most experienced and longest-serving member of the Ferodo Racing team, has had unexpected problems with his Ferodo VW Golf GTi, which see him in a very unfamiliar fifth place in the point standings. After four rounds the 21-year-old Pretoria University engineering student from Johannesburg is 72 points behind current leader Graeme Nathan (VW Golf GTi) and 50 points shy of second-placed Gary Formato (Ford Focus). He will be hoping that his luck improves this weekend and that he will be spared the engine problems that prevented him from scoring any points in round two in Cape Town and the and the broken clamp that caused his turbo boost pipe to come off at Zwartkops three weeks ago. His rivals have been taking full advantage of his misfortune and he will be keen to return to the winning form that makes him a championship contender.
All racing categories will have two races this weekend, a 15-minute (or 10 laps) race on Saturday and an 18-minute (or 12 laps) race on Sunday around the temporary street circuit.