Robert Wolk and Lleyton Fury maintained their respective factors in Spherical 5 of the 2022 International Touring Automobiles (GTC) Championship and the Supacup held on the East London Grand Prix circuit.
The circuit, made up of public roads on the southern outskirts of the town, typically sees the best recorded velocity in South African motorsport. Stroll and Fury gained the opening race. On the identical time, Michael van Rooyen and Jeffrey Kruger took the second race to the highest of the respective GTC Championship and Supacup podium.
The venue can also be identified for at all times attracting a lot of guests. This weekend was no exception, and though official numbers have but to be launched, it’s estimated that Saturday’s attendance was the biggest because the corresponding peak pageant tour in 2018.
Defending champion Stroll and his chemical logistics Toyota Corolla scored beneficial championship factors. On the identical time, his nearest rival, Saud Variava, within the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Corolla, had a difficult weekend, permitting Walke to increase his lead with two rounds remaining.
Michael van Rooyen
Brad Liebenberg claimed his second Dunlop pole place in his Hype Power Drinks / Sparco / Common Motorsport Volkswagen Golf 8. With little or no (0.3 sec) separating Liebenberg and Variava, the opening race was scheduled for the Drag Race to Opening Bend, Potter. approach.
Stroll set the tempo throughout Friday’s follow session and set the third quickest time forward of the opposite two TGR Corollas of Van Rooyen and Mandala Madakane. Julian van der Wat Ford Focus RS and Andrew Rackstraw at Chemical Logistics accomplished the grid of their RDSA/Investchem Audi S3, when each drivers scored penalties for over-boosting within the session.
The truth that the brutality of the battle was delivered to the fore by going somewhat additional, a battle Liebenberg most popular as he took an early lead from Wok, Variawa and Madakane. Variava stepped up his problem by passing a stroll in potter’s go on lap 3 as issues settled right into a rhythm with an unchanged sequence for the following few laps. Woake took benefit of a prolific Variava transfer at The Advanced, bringing Wolk nearer to Liebenberg.
On lap 9, Vock made his transfer, and Veriava adopted, dropping Liebenberg to 3rd. Van Rooyen additionally surpassed Madakane in fourth place, with van der Wat and Rackstraw at all times of their mirrors. Variava holds the file for the quickest lap of the race. The reverse-grid second race started with a sequence of brief occasions.
Pole man Rackstraw was tagged within the opening lap from the Cocobana nook, as did Liebenberg, with the 2 drivers coming collectively on the grass subject. This cleared the best way for van der Wat to steer the sector in lap 2, adopted by van Rooyen, Variava and Volk.
Van Rooyen’s strain paid off, and he quickly took the lead on lap 2, whereas Variava set his sights on van der Wat for second in a problem that did not fairly go as deliberate. When he went properly off the observe and onto an embankment. Van Rooyen took the result in take his second race win of 2022, which was adopted by Vock, who had completed second, outclassing teammates van der Wat and Madakane. This place remained unchanged for the following a number of laps till the ultimate tour, when Madakane discovered a approach out of Van der Wat for third and his first podium of the season. The working wounded adopted within the type of Liebenberg, Variava and Rackstraw among the many GTC Supacup entrance runners.
Rookie Variava suffered a three-place penalty after the race for being concerned in an incident with van der Wat shedding much more vital championship factors and securing a primary warning. As within the opening race, the runner-up took the purpose for the quickest lap.
GTC Supa Cup
Fury left the sector within the all-Volkswagen Polo Supacup subject for Dunlop pole place in his Specific Greater/Common Motorsport automotive, beating Common Healthcare Crew Crimson Racing’s Kruger by a mere 0.124 of a second. Jonathan Mogotsi impressed in his second race in third place on his Sonax/Motul automotive, an extra 0.25 seconds behind. Former Volkswagen Motorsport GTC duo Keegan Masters and Daniel Rowe of Crew Excellent Circle had been forward of Arnold Newelling’s pegged Stradale Motorsport entry. Nathan Hammond of Trinity Safety Providers was seventh on the grid forward of Denny Van Niekerk within the Titan Stunts Van Niekerk Racing entry.
A late change to the entry checklist noticed Damien Hammond’s third look within the second Trinity Safety Providers entry, changing his father Sam Hammond.
Within the Platinum Wheels entry JP van der Walt, who made his first look on the East London circuit, accomplished the highest 10. Masters Class factors chief Nick Davidson, in his Stu Davidson & Sons entry, positioned second in East London’s first-timer, Paul Luty, within the Finishline UK Van Niekerk Racing Automobile.
Though claiming a light-to-flag victory, Furie needed to battle onerous for place within the early levels to cease Kruger, who set the quickest lap on his method to the runner-up spot. Mogotsi initially completed third, however was quickly handed by Masters, whereas Newling defeated Rowe in fifth, whereas the latter competed in his first GTC SupaCup outing. Van Niekerk and van der Walt had been the following to cross the road. Luty defeated Davidson to win the Masters class. Damien Hammond break up the pair whereas Nathan Hammond accomplished Conflict and Consequence.
Rowe, who had pole place for the reverse-grid second race, made essentially the most of issues to overhaul Mogotsi, Kruger, van Niekerk and Furie. It went on like this till lap 5 when Kruger handed Rowe.
Furi’s cost was rewarded, after initially ending third earlier than shifting to second, with Mogotsi passing Rowe on the following lap to determine the ultimate order of Kruger, Furi and Mogotsi. Fury didn’t surrender on his double win, organising the quickest lap within the closing levels. Rowe, Van Niekerk. Van der Walt, Nathan and Damien Hammond had been subsequent to cross the road. Davidson adopted Hammonds intently to take the Masters class victory forward of Luty. Backwards and forwards and battling mechanical points, Nevelnig accomplished the sector.