Castrol MINI pilot Clint Weston reaped the fruits of a consistent season - with a few ups and downs - to take the Class T honours in the last event of the 2006 Bridgestone Production Car Championship.
With only two races to go, Weston needed 3 points to take the championship - which he did in grand style by taking second and pole in qualifying for the two heats respectively, earning him enough bonus points for a fitting of his new crown.
Apart from not finishing any of the races, it was a done deal, but as they say its not over until the chequered flag drops?
Weston was leading both races, but in race one developed another misfire and in race two dropped back to stay out of trouble to ensure his class championship.
"It would have been nice to win the championship by winning here at Kyalami, but it was more important to finish," said the new Class T champion.
Previous double Kyalami winner Garth Waberski had his eyes set on second in the championship, having only to beat the Golf GTi of runner-up Eckhart Schoenknect. But an incident in the first race when Waberski was T-boned by Schoenknecht, dropped the MINI pilot out of contention - a fact that might lead to an adjustment in the points after a dispute has been registered.
Weston qualified second for the first race and was chasing part-time Golf GTi competitor Heinz Bose, who had a good start, until a misfire forced him down to fourth. Bose took the win ahead of Schoenknecht, Waberski (after the T-bone incident) and champion elect Weston.
In the second race Weston had the advantage of pole, but again dropped back due to a lack of performance from the MINI's super-charged engine after the first race misfire. Bose again took the win, with Schoenknect second, with Weston confirming his championship in third and Waberski fourth.
"Clint saved the day after paving the way with bonus points in qualifying. He really deserves the championship in his first full season as part of the Castrol MINI squad," said MINI motorsport manager Danie Human.