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Signature Motorsport hopes Zwartkops history repeats itself

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Signature Motorsport’s quintet of young racers heads into the second half of the Engen Volkswagen Cup looking to at least repeat their performance when they last visited Zwartkops Raceway, west of Pretoria. On that occasion, back in March, Keagan Masters (#18 Champion) stunned the VW Cup paddock with a full set of fastest laps, pole position, a maiden win and a 2nd place result to take the early championship lead, while Chris Shorter (#33 Payen) won the first race of the season.

Ten races on, Keagan still leads the championship from Chris but with a reduced lead of just 8 points. Fortunes have ebbed and flowed as the series took in three coastal races: Keagan has qualified on pole position each time, but not converted that into any more wins while Chris racked up another victory in Port Elizabeth.

The biggest turnaround in fortunes belongs to Bradley Liebenberg (#12 Ferodo): after a car-destroying outing in Cape Town, Bradley has bounced back with two victories and two additional podiums in the last five races, to jump to 5th in the standings, crucially 25 points off the log lead and 9 points adrift of third in the title standings.

Since the last round in East London, Bradley wrapped up his third SA DD2 karting championship on the trot in SA’s quickest gearbox class.

Matt Shorter (#11 Champion) has endured an up and down half season so far, boasting two 2nd place finishes to his credit in spite of coming within a whisker of a maiden victory in Port Elizabeth.

Jurie Swart (#39 Ferodo), still in his debut season, has steadily racked up points as he adjusted to tin-top racing, getting faster with each outing. He lies 8th in the championship standings, but now faces a range of circuits where he can use his experience gained to date on the second visit.

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