Now it's anyone's guess what speeds our little GR Yaris Cup cars will reach running this gauntlet but I wouldn't be surprised if it's somewhere in the region of the 220km/h mark. This is a significant step up from the 201km/h-odd we saw racing at Killarney in February. After exiting Copacabana you're then faced with two short straights separated by The Esses, Cox's Corner and The Sweep. The last of said straights leads into Beacon Bend and then it's back on the gas for yet another never-testing blast past the pits and into Potter's.
Besides testing our bravery, the East London Grand Prix Circuit should also drive our Toyota race cars to the limit — especially in the braking and tyre department with the heavy braking zones and high lateral load corners putting considerable strain on both. I'm also going in totally green as I have absolutely no prior driving experience at this track.
So, yes, it's bound to be a rather interesting weekend from that perspective. That said, I'm going to do my best to keep it on the track and aim to score enough points to bolster my second place standing in the championship. Ashley Oldfield (cars.co.za) has already chalked up a commanding lead that won't be beaten unless he has a couple of DNFs, which is unlikely to happen. So as long as I can keep Mark Jones (Citizen Motoring) and Sean Nurse (SN Automotive) behind me and bring the car home in one piece I'll be happy.
Again forming part of the prestigious National Extreme Festival, the Toyota GR Cup will be running alongside some of the country's other flagship circuit racing series such as the popular Global Touring Cars (where Toyota Gazoo Racing SA is fielding no less than three purpose-built Corolla challengers), SupaCup and G&H Transport Extreme SuperCars.
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