31 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Robertson and Barnes score Engen Volkswagen Cup wins at Zwartkops

2012 Engen Volkswagen Cup, Zwartkops

The seventh round of the 2012 Engen Volkswagen Cup at Zwartkops Raceway on 25-26 August saw Devin Robertson and Kyle Barnes take victories at another action-packed race weekend. Jordan Pepper took the runner-up place in both races, while championship leader Kelvin van der Linde was third in race one. Richie Napier took the last podium place in race two. The two races saw 33 motorsport-prepared Polo Vivos take to the track, fighting for every inch of the circuit. The safety car was deployed after just a single lap in race one, bunching the large field of Polos together for a further two laps, following a body panel-swapping set-to by Graham Press and Leon Odendaal.

Safety car back in the pits, defending champion Robertson made his move, creating a lead, with the herding pack behind. Pepper and van der Linde led Mark Silverwood, Kyle Barnes and Robyn Kruger, who eventually lost her position to her two battling comrades. For race two, Dewald Brummer qualified on pole position, but it didn’t last long – an engine failure on lap three saw him withdraw from the race. Barnes then held the lead, with Pepper and Napier chasing close behind, while Robertson followed them in fourth. The Engen Volkswagen Cup action moves to Killarney for the penultimate round of the 2012 WesBank Super Series championship on 22-23 September.

The 2012 Engen Volkswagen Cup series is similar to the other racing Volkswagen Polo Cup single-series championships run in China, Europe and India. Just as in those official Volkswagen series, the South African one-make format highlights new driving talent. In the Engen series, as many as 35 drivers regularly race in technically identical, 2.0-litre 234bhp Volkswagen Polo Vivo racers.

RACE RESULTS
Race 1

1 Devin Robertson (1: Big Boss Auto/Sparco)
2 Jordan Pepper (46: PG Glass/Blue Label Telecoms)
3 Kelvin van der Linde (31: Ferodo Racing)

Race 2
1 Kyle Barnes (4: Gold Liberations/Conti Partner)
2 Jordan Pepper (46: PG Glass/Blue Label Telecoms)
3 Richie Napier (12: Supa Fuel/Design Water)

Overall standings
1 Devin Robertson (1: Big Boss Auto/Sparco)
2 Jordan Pepper (46: PG Glass/Blue Label Telecoms)
3 Kyle Barnes (4: Gold Liberations/Conti Partner)

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