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Nathan claims Bridgestone title

2012-10-29 11:43

Volkswagen’s Graeme Nathan took the Class T Bridgestone Production Car title at Kyalami on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in a title race that went right to the wire.

The result was announced at the last round of the Wesbank Super Series.

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Nathan said: “We officially won the championship in Cape Town. There was an incident pending which postponed those celebrations, but that's all cleared up now and we have the title for this year.”

In addition to the turbocharged Class T championship victory for Nathan’s Golf GTI, Volkswagen also claimed the Manufacturers' title for the 2012 season.

And with the title wrapped up, Nathan took a back seat at the Kyalami event where he focused instead on helping Jacques Joubert gain as many points as possible towards claiming an overall third place in Class T for the season.

“We've only had the Golf VI GTI for one full season,” said Nathan. “We're on stream for a big shakedown next year (2013), and we're going to look at putting Jacques into a Golf VI GTI as well.”

“I haven't had that many race wins this season, but we've been in the points all the time with seconds and thirds. There are lots of drivers in the championship that can win races, which is great.

“It is very competitive, but you have to consistently be scoring points if you want to win.”

Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport, said: “Privateer racing – and their success – has been one of the founding features of Volkswagen Motorsport.

“They do an incredible amount of work to compete at a national level with our support. Clearly it is a winning recipe and we congratulate them on an excellent performance this season.”