Clinton Bezuidenhout (Glyco VW) is on track for a championship podium despite tough going in Round Seven of the Engen Volkswagen Cup at Killarney Raceway at the weekend.
The Hibberdene teenager had a good practice on Friday but luck wasn’t on his side in Saturday’s qualifying and he had to be content with starting the junior race in seventh.
After a good start, the Signature Motorsport driver moved into fourth place and maintained this position for the remainder of the first race.
Race two nearly ended in disaster as one of the competitors started in reverse. Bezuidenhout had to go onto the dirt to avoid the stationary car and could only manage 11th from there, landing him sixth place overall for the day.
Fellow Signature Motorsport driver Devin Robertson powered his Payen Volkswagen Polo to the 2017 championship, adding to his 2011 title.
It was a daunting event for the champion-elect after mechanical problems dropped him to a lowly ninth in the first race. A perfect second race saw him streak into the lead from third on the grid and take a dominant half a second win, his eighth of the season with two races remaining.
Bezuidenhout is third overall in the championship heading into the final round of the Engen Volkswagen Cup at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on 4 November.
Photos by Sportspics/Pierre Retief
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