After a disappointing outing at the opening round of the 2017 Sasol GTC championship in Cape Town last month, Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi A3) bounced back in when he took pole position for the opening race of round 2 at Kyalami earlier this morning.

Michael Stephen

Michael Stephen on his way to pole position
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The defending champion was almost three-quarters of a second quicker than round 1 double race winner Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol BMW) with Mathew Hodges (Volkswagen Motorsport Jetta) in third despite a spin through the fast kink at turn 15.

Johan Fourie (EPS Courier Services BMW) just managed to pip Robert Wolk (Sasol BMW) for fourth with Simon Moss (Engen Xtreme Audi S3) just less than two tenths further back in sixth.

Micahel van Rooyen (RSC BMW) and Daniel Rowe (Volkswagen Motorsport Jetta) rounded out the top eight.

Keagan Masters

Keagan Masters took the GTC2 pole
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In the GTC2 category Keagan Masterss (Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GTi) claimed pole from Trevor Bland (TB Racing Golf GTi) and Mandla Mdakane in the second Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GTi

Bradley Liebenberg (Ferodo MINI) ended the session in fourth ahead of Charl Smalberger (Golf GTi) with the Champion supported MINI of Chris Shorter sixth. Iain Stevenson (Comsol Golf GTi) will line up seventh.