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2006-10-02 09:13
Weston and Waberski had qualified first and second on Friday for each of Saturday?s 12-lap races around the 2,48 km Aldo Scribante circuit, half a second ahead of closest rival Eckhart Schoenknecht (VW Golf GTi). Heinz Bose (VW Golf GTi) was fourth.

Weston led race one from start to finish, taking the chequered flag 11,67 sec ahead of Schoenknecht and over 20 sec ahead of third-placed Juan Gerber (VW Golf GTi). His fastest lap, 1 min 12.41 sec on lap 3, was a new lap record for the class T cars, beating the previous best lap set by team-mate Waberski when the Bridgestone SA Production Car Championship last visited Port Elizabeth in April.

Race two was an even lonelier affair for the professional advanced driving instructor with Waberski unable to take the start. Weston maintained his concentration and his race pace despite not being challenged by anyone and crossed the finish line 6,89 sec ahead of Schoenknecht and 12,39 sec in front of Bose.

Weston lowered his own lap record by a further 0,081 sec, with a new best time of 1 min 12,33 sec on lap 4. He also won the Bridgestone 'driver of the day' award for class T.

Danie Human: Further development of the MINI's gave us the clear edge at Aldo Scribante and we were very pleased with the results. Problems with the Waberski car prevented a definate 1-2 finish but we look forward to the next round in the title chase.

Provisional results:
Class T ? race 1

1 Clint Weston (Castrol MINI Cooper S) 14m 45,75s 2 Eckhart Schoenknecht (VW Golf GTi) +11,67s 3 Juan Gerber (VW Golf GTi) + 20,19s DNF Garth Waberski (Castrol MINI Cooper S), Heinz Bose (VW Golf GTi)

Race 2
1 Weston 13m 36,60s 2 Schoenknecht +6,89s 3 Bose +12,39s 4 Gerber +13,51s DNS Waberski


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