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2014-07-23 10:44

BRIGHT RACING FUTURE: SA racing driver Liam Venter, 19, (right) with his driving instructor Craig Dolby after winning a European Formula 3 championship race at Monza in 2013. Image: JRM Group

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - South African teenager Liam Venter completed two successful tests with a JRM Group-built Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 during July 2014.

He landed a test in the Nismo GT3 at Brand's Hatch race circuit in England, earlier this month. SA teen lands Nismo test.
 
Venter graduated to F3 in 2013 and is the first South African single-seater driver to stand on the podium at Monza since Jody Scheckter in 1979, the year of his F1 title triumph.

The youngster first sampled the factory JRM machine at Brand's Hatch, putting in an impressive performance despite tricky wet conditions in the afternoon.

SUCCESSFUL TEST AT SILVERSTONE

The 19-year-old Johannesburger then drove it for a second time a week or so later at Silverstone and again did well. He said: “As always it was a pleasure to drive the car and Silverstone is one of my personal favourites, so naturally it was a good day.
 
“It was another opportunity to spend some quality time in the car and despite the traffic we managed to put together a few respectable lap times. I can't wait to get out there again. Thanks to the team for another solid test."
 
Meanwhile Craig Dolby, Liam’s driving coach and JRM’s factory race and development pilot, felt the youngster had done very well, especially given that he had never driven a GT machine until July 2014. Dolby said:
 
“Despite it being his very first few times in a GT car he was immediately at ease. His times were very good, just a couple of tenths off my benchmark. In hindsight, the rain at Brand's was a bonus. Liam was out there looking for and finding the grip.

"If he keeps up that level of progress I’m going to have to up my game!”
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