After a long mid-year hiatus the Wesbank Super Series sprang back into action at Aldo Scribante race track in Port Elizabeth this last weekend.
As usual, the on-track entertainment was led by the Production Car brigade. Johan Fourie (Audi S4) took three wins from four races in Class A. The former champion won the first, second and fourth races, which did his title hopes all manner of good. Local lad Michael Stephen (Audi S4) netted the other win.
In Class T – for force-fed cars – Ford team-mates Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy claimed a win each in the first two races. Youngster Gennaro Bonafede (VW Golf GTI) was awarded an unexpected win in race three when Formato was exlcuded fron the race results for being under-weight. Reigning champion Graeme Nathan (VW Golf GTI) earned some much-needed points with a win in race four.
Franco di Matteo and former SA champion Ben Morgenrood shared the spoils in the Super GT Class in the WesBank V8 Supercar category. There were race one podiums finishes for brothers Brandon and Jimmy Auby with Brandon, the reigning champion also finishing second in race two. The other podium place in race two went to di Matteo.
Darron Gudmanz and reigning champion Des Gutzeit shared the GT Class wins. A third place in heat one behind Patrick Seddon saw Gutzeit retain a 100 per cent finish record and move to the top of the championship.
Veteran Lance Isaacs (Honda) finally scored his first wins of the season with a brace in the Supersport championship. The Cape Town rider led a Honda whitewash of the podium places in the two heats, and on both occasions Isaacs came home ahead of team-mates Clint Seller and Brent Harran.
Former champion Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) upstaged recently-crowned SA Superbike champion Greg Gildenhuys on the factory BMW. Two polished performances saw Morais close the gap between himself and the points leaders to just 16 points. Behind the front-runners James Egan (BMW) and Chris Leeson, who scored a double last time out at Aldo Scribante, shared the other podium places.
Robert Wolk opened up a gap over closest rival Jayde Kruger in the one-make Formula VW championship. Wolk took the opening heat ahead of reigning champion Simon Moss and a rejuvenated Tasmin Pepper . Wolk then led home Miss Pepper in race two with Kruger in third.
There was a maiden win for Jason Campos in the Midas Formula 1600 category. Campos came in ahead of early race leader Matt Merton and Stevie Morris in race one. Nic van Weely then held off championship leader Merton and James Temple in race two.
Devin Robertson continued his domination of the VW Cup series. Robertson romped away with both races with 15-year-old Dewald Brummer and Kyle Barnes (PG Glass VW Polo) second and third in race one. Cape driver Kosie Weyers and Brummer were second and third, respectively, in race two.
Race 1 – 1 L Isaacs (Honda); 2 C Seller (Honda); 3 B Harran (Honda).
Race 2 – 1 L Isaacs (Honda); 2 C Seller (Honda); 3 B Harran (Honda).
Race 1 – 1 S Morais (Kawasaki); 2 G Gildenhuys (BMW); 3 J Egan (BMW).
Race 2 – 1 S Morais (Kawasaki); 2 G Gildenhuys (BMW); 3 C Leeson (Kawasaki).
Engen VW Cup:
Race 1 – 1 D Robertson (VW Polo); 2 D Brummer (VW Polo); 3 K Barnes (VW Polo).
Race 2 – 1 D Robertson (VW Polo); 2 K Weyers (VW Polo); 3 D Brummer (VW Polo).
Midas Formula 1600:
Race 1 – 1 J Campos (Mygale); 2 M Merton (Mygale); 3 S Morris (Mygale).
Race 2 – 1 N van Weely (Van Diemnen); 2 M Merton (Mygale); 3 J Temple (Mygale).
Race 1 – 1 R Wolk (FVW); 2 S Moss (FVW); 3 T Pepper (FVW).
Race 2 – 1 R Wolk (FVW); 2 T Pepper (FVW); 3 J Kruger (FVW).
WesBank V8 Supercars:
Race 1 – 1 F di Matteo (Jaguar); 2 B Auby (Ford Falcon); 3 J Auby (Ford Falcon).
GT Class – 1 D Gudmanz (Corvette); 2 P Seddon (Lumina); 3 D Gutzeit (Ford Falcon).
Race 2 – 1 B Morgenrood (Ford Falcon); 2 B Auby (Ford Falcon); 3 F di Matteo (Jaguar).
GT Class – 1 D Gutzeit (Ford Falcon); 2 D Gudmanz (Corvette); 3 R Sartori (Mustang).
Bridgestone Production Cars:
Race 1 – 1 J Fourie (Audi); 2 A Taylor (BMW); 3 T Sipuka (Audi).
Class T – 1 G Formato (Ford Focus); 2 M van Rooyen (Opel); 3 G Bonafede (VW Golf GTI).
Race 2 – 1 J Fourie (Audi); 2 M Stephen (Audi); 3 T Sipuka (Audi).
Class T – 1 S Duminy (Ford Focus); 2 G Nathan (VW Golf GTI); 3 G Bonafede (VW Golf GTI).
Race 3 –1 M Stephen (Audi); 2 T Sipuka (Audi); 3 J Fourie (Audi).
Class T – 1 G Formato (Ford Focus); 2 G Bonafede (VW Golf GTI); 3 S Duminy (Ford Focus).
Race 4 – 1 J Fourie (Audi); 2 M Stephen (Audi); 3 T Sipuka (Audi).
Class T – 1 G Nathan (VW Golf GTI); 2 G Formato (Ford Focus); 3 J Duminy (Ford Focus).