Morgan McColl and Michal Kowalik shared the spoils of Round 7 of the South African simGT Challenge at the Zolder circuit in Belgium.
In an early twist to Race 1 the fastest man in qualifying, Zaahir Essa, was unable to start the race due to a technical difficulty allowing Michal Kowalik to inherit pole position. The opening lap saw an exciting battle for the lead between Kowalik and McColl. McColl with a better drive out of Jacky Ickx corner pulled alongside Kowalik and passed him under braking for Earste corner. Team DNF’s Brad du Plessis and Black Knight Racing’s Mike Frost battled hard over 4th position, du Plessis later on making a mistake dropping him back to 5th. Kowalik too made an error on the exit of Terlamen, half spining his Corvette and dropping back to 8th position. A fiercely fought 3 lap battle for 10th position was had between GhostworX-Delta’s Johannes Coetsee, Willem van Zyl and BT Racing’s Björn Buchner and Tony Liddell. Buchner coming out on top finishing in 7th overall. Debutant Basheer Jadwat enjoyed a great race to fight his way up to as high as 3rd position before error drop him back to finish in 8th.
McColl was able to pull away from the rest of the 22 strong field to win Race 1 comfortably.
Race 2 saw another pole position start for Michal Kowalik, but it was Morgan McColl who was the man to watch on the opening lap fighting his way up from 5th on the grid to 2nd place before Turn 3. Jason Absmeier, after light contact with Liddell, dramatically spun his Gumpert Apollo while exiting Jacky Ickx corner. McColl experience a tank slapping moment while leaving Kleine Chicane corner, allowing du Plessis and Jonathan Bentz through for 2nd and 3rd. Bentz, after enjoying his challenge for 2nd position against du Plessis spun his Sunred into the wall at Kanaal corner, ending his race sighting engine damage.
With 6 laps remaining, du Plessis survived a double attack from Frost and McColl running 3 wide through Terlamenb chicane, the close racing resulted in both Frost and McColl spinning out. All the action ahead of Zaahir Essa aided him in progress up the field from a 16th place start to finish on the bottom step of the podium.
Michal Kowalik led from flag to flag to secure his first win of the season.