Aldo Scribante race report

Surprise Results At Aldo Scribante There were one or two upsets and a first for the Petronas Opel team at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at the Aldo Scribante circuit, in Port Elizabeth, over the weekend. The Petronas Opel squad has in recent ...

Surprise Results At Aldo Scribante

There were one or two upsets and a first for the Petronas Opel team at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at the Aldo Scribante circuit, in Port Elizabeth, over the weekend.

The Petronas Opel squad has in recent outings been knocking on the door for a maiden win in the Wesbank V8 Championship, and picked their home circuit to finally come up with the goods. It was Cape driver Deon Joubert -- who has raced everything from karts through to singleseaters, modified saloons and Touring Cars - who finally gave the Port Elizabeth based team it's first visit to victory lane in what is now a fiercely competitive series.

Cape based Johan Fourie (MD Transport Ford Mustang) took the honours in the first heat after a huge scrap with Hennie Groenewald. Shaun Watson-Smith and Joubert were third and fourth in the Petronas Opel Astras with championship leader Sarel van der Merwe (Sasol Dual Fuel Ford Mustang) edging out Ben Morgenrood (Auto Trader Ford Mustang) in the battle for fifth and sixth.

Heat two saw Fourie, looking for his eighth straight win since joining the Wesbank battleground, tangle with Groenewald. That allowed Joubert to snatch the win the Petronas Opel team were looking for, with Supervan elevated from fourth to second.

As far as the championship is concerned, it was a reasonably profitable return to his former home town for Paarl based Supervan. He opened up the gap between himself and Morgenrood by another five points, and now has 191 points to Morgenrood's 171.

Behind the two veterans Willie Hepburn (Chev Camaro), another veteran under attack from the younger brigade, is now under severe pressure from Fourie. Hepburn (145) is now just one point clear of Fourie who was beaten for the first time since entering the Wesbank fray.

The Sasol Formula Ford outing produced some outstanding racing, and saw Pretoria driver Brett Mayberry (Investment Cars Mygale) upstage championship leader Jonathan du Toit (BigZ/Psion Van Diemen) and Morne Jurgens in the Jurgens Truck Hire Mygale. Mayberry won both heats to leapfrog ahead of Jurgens in the championship, and cut du Toit's lead to 23 points with three rounds remaining.

Mayberry won the opening heat ahead of Jurgens, du Toit and former champion Claudio Piazza Musso, who was having a one off outing in Imran Camroodien's car. A clash with a couple of backmarkers late in the race dropped Piazza Musso down the field, and gearbox damage in the incident forced him to sit out race two.

A spin put du Toit out of the running in race two, and it was Warren Campbell (Alpha Sales Van Diemen) who took third place behind Mayberry and Jurgens. It was Campbell's first podium finish since joining the Formula Ford ranks from Formula Vee.

Both Kent class wins went to veteran Brian Greyling. The brace of wins saw Greyling open up a 26 point lead over Andy Brown in the Kent championship.

-SAMCAR-

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Series General
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe , Hennie Groenewald