Review: Sasol GTC2 Championship, Rd 8
The Signature Motorsport MINI John Cooper Works Team had a great day at Kyalami with Chris Shorter taking overall honours after powering his Champion MINI to second and third places in the two races, in the process moving up to third on the championship points log and well within the targeted second place in the MINI’s first year of competition.
Brad Liebenberg drove his Ferodo MINI John Cooper Works to a third and second place respectively after leading the second race until the final corner, giving him second overall on the day and leaving Signature Motorsport with a one-two finish on the results sheets.
Qualifying went well for the Champion MINI driver, claiming third spot on the grid while Brad had to settle for fifth place in a closely fought session that saw him five one-hundredths away from his team mate.
In the opening race, Chris made a good start but was boxed in going into turn one. As the race settled he passed Mandla Mdakane (VW Golf) and crossed the line in an unchallenged second spot. Brad made a decent start and quickly dispensed with Trevor Bland and Mdakane to take the final podium position.
In race two, from an inverted grid, Brad made a brilliant start going from third last into the lead which he opened as the laps ticked by. On the final lap, the MINI faltered going down the Mineshaft. With no power, Brad cruised towards the finish line but Bland caught and passed him on the line.
Chris also made a great start from sixth on the inverted grid. He picked off his rivals one by one and ran in second place ahead of Bland’s Golf until a small technical issue forced Chris to ease off, taking the third step of the podium.
“It was a great day’s racing”, said Chris after the day’s action. “I had a good race with Trevor and we swapped places several times before I got ahead and stayed there. I had a small issue which allowed him to get past but I am now well within striking distance of second in the championship”.
“I was disappointed with fifth on the grid but it was so close I was on the wrong end of five hundredths of a second. Trevor and I had a great race but by the time I got past, Keagan and Chris were out of reach. I made a great start in race two and got into the lead. On the last lap the engine suddenly lost power and Trevor sneaked past on the line”
The final round of the Sasol GTC2 Championship is at Zwartkops Raceway on 25th November.