Anticipation as 2024 Gazoo Racing Cup Reaches Season Mid-Point

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The 2024 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GR Cup is set to deliver another weekend of high-octane action as Round 4 takes place at the Aldo Scribante Raceway in Gqeberha.

 

This event promises exciting battles, with the championship contenders looking to solidify their positions and a new face joining the fray.

Sean Nurse (AutoTrader) leads the GR Cup Media Challenge standings, having shown dominant form throughout the season. He will be joined by Alex Shahini (CAR), Jaco van der Merwe (Citizen), Hannes Visser (La't Wiel), Kumbi Mtshakazi (Kumbi-M on Cars), and Bernie Hellberg (Driven).

Additionally, John Thomson, Toyota SA Motors' Vice-President for Future Toyota, will make his GR Corolla debut in the GR Cup Media Challenge as a guest driver, having previously competed in the GR Yaris. This will add an extra layer of excitement to the competition.

The Aldo Scribante Raceway is known for its technical layout and close racing. The circuit, which is located in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), features a mix of tight corners and fast straights, providing plenty of overtaking opportunities. The track's surface is well-maintained, and the layout includes challenging sections that test both driver skill and car setup.

The weather for the weekend is expected to be cool but dry, providing ideal racing conditions. Friday's practice sessions will allow drivers to familiarise themselves with the circuit layout, with qualifying and two race heats scheduled for Saturday.

 

GR Cup Dealer Challenge:

The GR Cup Dealer Challenge will see fierce competition among the top Toyota dealerships, with drivers from GR Driving Academy, Motus Toyota, NMI Toyota Menlyn, Rustenburg Toyota, and Rola Toyota battling it out in the GR Yaris.

 

GR86 Development Academy:

The GR86 Development Academy continues to be a proving ground for emerging talent. Dawie van der Merwe leads the standings, with Setshaba Mashigo, Ryan Naicker, Niko Zafiris, Dylan Pragji, and Kent Swartz all looking to make their mark.

The GR Cup at Aldo Scribante Raceway is set to be an unforgettable weekend of racing. With ideal weather conditions, a challenging circuit, and a competitive field, fans can look forward to thrilling action and intense battles. Stay tuned for updates, race highlights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes content on the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa website and social media channels.

 

Current Standings:

GR Cup Media Challenge:

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sean Nurse

42

2

Alex Shahini

25

3

Hannes Visser

20

4

Jaco van der Merwe

18

5

Kumbi Mtshakazi

14

6

Bernie Hellberg

12

 

GR Cup Dealer Challenge:

Position

Driver

Points

1

Mario de Sousa

20

2

Paul de Vos

14

3

Johan Snyman

14

4

Devon Scott

14

5

Andries de Villiers

11

6

Theo Brits

7

7

Werner Venter

4

 

 GR86 Development Academy:

Position

Driver

Points

1

Dawie van der Merwe

42

2

Niko Zafiris

25

3

Setshaba Mashigo

22

4

Ryan Naicker

19

5

Dylan Pragji

17

6

Kent Swartz

7

 

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Toyota Financial Services, Garmin, Dunlop, Ferodo and Kinto.

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