Port Elizabeth race report

Pretoria driver Jonathan du Toit clinched the Sasol Formula Ford Championship at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at the Aldo Scribante Circuit in Port Elizabeth over the weekend. The meeting also produced a Wesbank V8 Championship double - on ...

Pretoria driver Jonathan du Toit clinched the Sasol Formula Ford Championship at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at the Aldo Scribante Circuit in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.

The meeting also produced a Wesbank V8 Championship double - on home turf - for the Petronas Opel team, with Capetonian Greg Dreyer taking another step towards winning the Dark Dog Superbike Championship. Another championship was wrapped up when Brian Greyling took the Silver Class honours, for Kent engine powered cars in the Formula Ford series, with the Johannesburg driver not having to turn a wheel in anger.

There were not enough Kent class entries for the event to be scored as a national championship race. With a 35 point lead in the series going into the Port Elizabeth round, Greyling cannot be caught in the final two races of the season.

Two second places were enough for du Toit (Zwartkops Van Diemen) to clinch the Sasol Formula Ford series. Both race wins went to Morne Jurgens (Truck Den Mygale) ahead of du Toit, brother Mark du Toit (Zwartkops Van Diemen) and Brett Mayberry in the Investment Cars Mygale.

Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Honda) was also missing from the winners lists, but a fourth and a third took the Capetonian another step towards the Dark Dog Superbike title. The two race wins went to Dreyer's team-mate Robbie Petersen who is now solidly entrenched in second place in the championship.

Petersen won the opening race ahead of Vodacom Nashua Yamaha pair Russell Wood and Arushen Moodley, Dreyer and Trevor Crookes on the UUNet Ducati. The race was run in two parts after a big crash on lap four left Graeme van Breda with a broken arm and concussion.

Race two saw Petersen come in ahead of Crookes and Dreyer. Moodley, on his home circuit, edged out Wood in the battle for fourth and fifth.

Home town boy Shaun Watson-Smith gave the Port Elizabeth based Petronas Opel team a dream result by taking both heats of the Wesbank V8 event. On both occasions Watson-Smith came in ahead of Johan Fourie (M and D Ford Mustang).

Hennie Groenewald (Chev Camaro) took third place in heat one ahead of Ben Morgenrood (Auto Trader Ford Mustang) and championship leader Sarel van der Merwe in the Sasol Ford Mustang. Heat two saw Groenewald out of the picture with third place going to Morgenrood ahead of Deon Joubert, in the second Petronas Opel, and van der Merwe.

-VR-

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Drivers Shaun Watson-Smith , Hennie Groenewald