This weekend saw the season opener of the national Super Series bring some excitement to the home of South African motorsport, Kyalami. Among the standout performers were the usual suspects like Graeme Nathan and Ben Morgenrood, as well as Kosie Weyers and Michael Stephen.
In the Engen Volkswagen Cup, Jeffrey Kruger (IndyOil Polo) was the hottest driver out of the blocks, achieving a pole position for the first of the two races, and managed to lead that race until the finish. Kosie Weyers (Engen Primax Polo) was however the field’s top achiever, finishing second in the first race ahead of Dewald Brummer (UMP/Horne Hydraulics/MAD Racing Polo) and then going on to win the second race ahead of Brummer and Mark Silverwood (OKI Printing Solutions/Q8 Oils).
In the Bridgestone Production Cars field, Michael Stephen left Kyalami leading the Class A overall standings with a trio of podiums after doing battle with the likes of Melville Priest, Johan Fourie and Hennie Groenwald. Groenewald (Sasol Subaru STI) managed two second-place finishes, while Johan Fourie (Afrox BMW 335) won the final 12-lap feature race. In Class T Graeme Nathan (IndyOil VW Golf) was the star of the show, and also managed a three-podium haul out of the trio of races.
Saturday’s racing also saw the debut of the new SA Sports and GT Class, basically an amalgamation of the previous V8 Supercars formula and Shelby Can-Ams series. Racing stalwart Ben Morgenrood (IndyOil Mustang) managed pole position for race one, and crossed the finish line ahead of Franco di Matteo (Varta Batteries Jaguar) and Rui Campos (Compendium Shelby). Morgenrood did a double during the second race after a lengthy duel with Larry and Terry Wilford (Fuchs Corvette and Mustang), who finished in that order behind the racing legend.
The next round of the Super Series happens on 16 March at Killarney in Cape Town.