GR Cup Speeds Into East London for Fifth Round

The latter half of the season promises to be thrilling.

Ntsako Mthethwa
July 20, 2023
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GR Cup Speeds Into East London for Fifth Round

The fifth round of the Toyota GR Cup is heading to the legendary East London Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, where six motoring scribes will continue to battle it out at the helm of six stock GR86 cars that have been slightly adapted for track use.

The racing grid includes Mark Jones (The Citizen), Denis Droppa (TimesLive), Setshaba Mashigo (ASAMM), Chad Luckhoff (AutoTrader), Reuben van Niekerk (Jumping Kids/Wheels24), and Brendon Staniforth from Maroela Media. They will be joined by Mario De Sousa, who raced the GR Yaris in Gqeberha in 2022. 

As for the circuit, it's renowned for its challenging nature and high-speed corners, allowing drivers to showcase their skills behind the wheel.  

Currently, Setshaba Mashigo leads the pack with 47 points, a 15-point lead over second-placed Mark Jones. Denis Droppa is third in the championship with 24 points, just one point ahead of fourth-placed Chad Luckhoff. 

Reuben van Niekerk and Brendon Staniforth are in fifth and sixth place, respectively. 

"We are thrilled to bring the GR Cup to the prestigious East London Grand Prix Circuit," said Riaan Esterhuysen on behalf of Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa. "With the drivers' skills, the thrilling GR86 cars, and the rich racing heritage of the circuit, we are set for an electrifying event that will keep fans on the edge of their seats."

The remaining part of this season promises to be exciting, with high-speed action and intense contests expected.

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