McColl and Frost triumphant in East London

Morgan McColl and Mike Frost emerged winners of Round 4 at the East London Circuit, McColl winning Race 1 and Frost Race 2.

It was debutant Morgan McColl who started on pole position for Race 1 ahead of Black Knight Racing’s Frost and Team DNF’s Chris Browne. McColl started well keeping ahead of a hard charging Frost. A gap immediately opened up back to the battle for third position between Brad du Plessis, Eugene McLaren and Browne who had lost two positions during the opening lap. After a good start debutant Michal Kowalik was up to 5th position only to run wide on approach to the esses, the error dropping him back to 11th position but only for a short while as at the following corner Björn Buchner and Carl Muller made contact spinning both of their cars around, allowing Stefan Kotze, Tony Liddell, Kevin Pheiffer and of course Kowalik.

Lap 4 saw a fantastic battle between Kotze and Kowalik, Kowalik was able to out brake Kotze into Beach Bend to claim eighth position. Another great battle was seen between Carl Muller, Tony Liddell and Kevin Pheiffer for 10th position, Liddell winning coming out on top of that one.

Mike Frost went off track while attempting to navigate Rifle Bend only to loose one position to du Plessis. Frost battled du Plessis well and was able to reclaim 2nd place for a short moment, until the approach to Cocobana Corner when du Plessis braked too late and made contact with Frost, negating both of them to 4th and 6th position, Björn Hehmann able to slot his Lamborghini Gallardo between the pair of them.

On lap 10 Eugene McLaren spun his Lamborghini at the Esses, dropping him three positions to Frost, du Plessis and Buchner.

Morgan McColl led the race flag to flag to take his maiden win on debut.

The reverse grid rule for Race 2 saw du Plessis start in pole posiiton, ahead of Buchner, Frost, Browne and Race 1’s winner McColl. On lap 1 Frost managed to out accelerate Buchner into the very fast Potters Pass for second position, McColl was able to do the same thing to Browne for fourth positon. Over the following three laps the top six cars ran extremely close together before du Plessis and Frost in front opened up a slight gap to third placed man Buchner. An intense battle commenced between Buchner and McColl and also further down the field between Kevin Pheiffer, Tony Liddell and Carl Muller for 10th position, until Pheiffer had a high speed off running wide at Rifle Bend allowing both of them through. On Lap 7 Mike Frost inherited the lead as du Plessis dropped back to 4th position after experiencing technical difficulties. Only 4s separated the top 5 cars as they crossed the line to start lap 8.

McColl looked extremely fast pushing his Mclaren very hard in an attempt to challenge Frost for the lead, but McColl pushed a little too hard half spinning at Cox Corner allowing Buchner back passed. A recovering McColl found himself surrounded by the Team DNF Ferraris of du Plessis and Browne, the three cars extremely close together unfortunately making contact at Beach Bend. Eugene McLaren took advantage of the situation to promote himself from 6th to 3rd place in one corner only to further profit when Björn Buchner in second place went off at Rifle Bend to rejoin in 4th.

Mike Frost stayed clear of all the action behind him to win Race 2 at East London, his first win of the season.

Race Videos:

Race 1

Race 2

Results:

Race 1

Race 1

Race 2

Race 2

About Jason Holden-Jones (533 Articles)
Jason, fueled by his passion for Sim Racing, Motorsport and Entrepreneurship, is working to, not only establish Sim Racing as a major eSport in South Africa, but also to establish sim racing as a grass-roots gateway to 'real world' Motorsport. Jason is the founder and owner of Sim Race South Africa - www.simracesa.co.za. Contact Jason by email: jason@simracesa.co.za

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