SA track champs sewn up

2011-11-28 13:18

It was a sad day at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday as the curtain came down on a great motorsport relationship.

The day signalled the end of a 28-year partnership between WesBank and the V8 Supercar Series. Veteran (and former champion) Ben Morgenrood and Danie Correia took the final race honours.

Jimmy Auby succeeded younger sibling Brandon (both Ford Falcon) as champion of the Super GT Class after he’s arrived at the Pretoria circuit with a healthy points margin. A third for Jimmy in the opening race was enough to seal the deal.

Morgenrood took the first race ahead of third brother Marc Auby, while Jaco Correia finished fourth. The race was stopped when Correia’s brother Danie spun out on the last lap, blocking the circuit.

A run-in between Jimmy Auby and Franco di Matteo saw the first half of the second race being run under safety car conditions, although Jaco Correia triumphed in the race of attrition to lead home Brandon Auby.

The GT Class title was also settled in heat one when championship leader Des Gutzeit and GT Class leader Patrick Seddon had a coming together, sidelining Gutzeit for the day and handing the title to Larry Wilford. Seddon took heat two ahead of the Wilfords with Ray leading home uncle Larry.


What started out as the closest championship battle of the day soon developed into no contest in the Production Car championship. Former champion Johan Fourie went to Zwartkops with a one point-lead in Class A over Michael Stephen, but nothing went right for the lanky Capetonian on the day.

By contrast, Stephen took three wins and a second in the four eight-lap sprint races to romp to the championship win.

The other win went to Melvill Priest with Tschops Sipuka, Anthony Taylor and team mates Hennie Groenewald and Richard Pinard also making trips to the podium.


The same scenario played out in Class T, although championship leader Gary Formato started the day with a 20-point advantage over archrival and reigning champion Graeme Nathan.

After winning the first heat ahead of Formato things went from bad to worse for Nathan, while Formato hit his stride with two heats in a row and finished second behind team-mate Shaun Duminy in the other race.


It did not take Jayde Kruger – who needed only a single point from the day – long to wrap up the Formula Volkswagen championship; third place in both heats did the trick.

Robert Wolk and outgoing champion Simon Moss were the top two racers in both heats.

Another title was quickly wrapped up when Mathew Merton settled for a fourth place behind Nicholas van Weely, Werner Scholtz and Jason Campos in the first of the two Formula Midas 1600 heats.

Merton then signed off in style by winning the second race ahead of Campos and James Temple.


Kosie Weyers took a pair of wins in the Engen VW Cup to finish second to champion Devin Robertson, who had already wrapped up the title. Weyers took heat one ahead of Kyle Barnes and Jeffrey Kruger, with Robertson and Barnes also on the podium in race two.

Both wins in the Masters category for drivers over 27 went to local driver Lee Thompson, who also arrived at Zwartkops with the title already in the bag.

The remaining championship issue was resolved when Dave McFadden produced a win and a third to edge out Clint Sellar and Lance Isaacs in race one, while he settled for third behind the Hondas in race two.

Greg Gildenhuys, already crowned champion in the SA Superbike championship, saw Chris Leeson take a double win on Saturday, while Julian Odendaal, Gildenhuys (twice) and Nicolas Grobler also making it onto the podium.
Provisional Results

WesBank V8 Supercars
Race 1 Super GT: 1 B Morgenrood (Falcon); 2 M Auby (Falvon); 3 J Auby (Falcon).
GT Class: 1 L Wilford (Falcon) 2 P Seddon (Lumina); 3 R Wilford (Falcon).

Race 2 Super GT: 1 D Correia (Corvette); 2 B Auby (Falcon); 3 C Uys (Corvette).
GT Class: 1 P Seddon (Lumina); 2 R Wilford (Faclon); 3 L Wilford (Falcon).

Bridgestone Production Cars

Race 1 Class A: 1 M Stephem (Audi S4); 2 T Sipuka (Audi S4); 3 H Groenewald (Subaru).
Class T: 1 G Nathan (VW Golf6); 2 G Formato (Ford Focus); 3 R Roets (VW Golf6).

Race 2 Class A: 1 M Stephen (Audi S4); 2 R Pinard (Subaru); 3 H Groenewald (Subaru),
Class T: 1 G Formato (Ford Focus); 2 G Nathan (VW Golf6); 3 R Roets (VW Golf6).

Race 3: 1 M Priest (BMW); 2 M Stephen (Audi S4); 3 A Taylor (BMW).
Class T: 1 G Formato (Ford Focus); 2 J Duminy (Ford Focus); 3 G Bonafede (VW Golf GTi).

Race 4: 1 M Stephen (Audi S4); 2 M Priest (BMW); 3 H Groenewald (Subaru).
Class T: 1 J Duminy (Ford Focus); 2 G Formato (Ford Focus); 3 G Bonafede (VW Golf GTi).

Engen VW Cup
Race 1: 1 K Weyers (VW Polo); 2 K Barnes (VW Polo); 3 J Kruger VW Polo).
Masters: L Thompson (VW Polo).

Race 2: K Weyers (VW Polo); 2 D Robertson (VW Polo); 3 K Barnes (VW Polo).
Masters: L Thompson (VW Polo).

Formula VW
Race 1: 1 R Wolk (FVW); 2 S Moss (FVW); 3 J Kruger (FVW).
Race 2: 1 R Wolk (FVW); 2 S Moss (FVW); 3 J Kruger (FVW).

Formula Midas 1600
Race 1: N Von Weely (Van Diemen); 2 W Scholtz (Mygale); 3 J Campos (Mygale).
Race 2: 1 M Merton (Mygale); 2 J Campos (Mygale); 3 J Temple (Mygale).

SA Supersport
Race 1: 1 D McFadden (Kawasaki); 2 C Seller (Honda); 3 L Isaacs (Honda).
Race 2: 1 C Seller (Honda); 2 L Isaacs (Honda); 3 D McFadden (Kawasaki).

SA Superbikes
Race 1: 1 C Leeson (Kawasaki); 2 J Odendaal (Kawasaki); 3 G Gildenhuys (BMW).
Race 2: 1 C Leeson (Jawasaki); 2 G Gildenhuys (BMW); 3 N Grobler (BMW).