Brad du Plessis secured the 2014 Season 1 South African simGT Challenge drivers championship at Killarney by winning Race 1 of Round 11. du Plessis already enjoyed helping his team, Team DNF, to their first Teams Championship Title together with teammate Chris Browne.
du Plessis made his intentions clear from the get-go, the Ferrari pilot produced a stunning lap to secure pole position alongside the Ghostworx-Xray entered BMW Z4 driven by Basheer Jadwat. du Plessis’s only contender for the championship, teammate Chris Browne, was only able to qualify in sixth position. At the time if du Plessis was to win the race, Browne had to finish in 4th position or higher to keep his championship aspirations alive.
A great start by Jadwat saw him entering turn 1 side-by-side with du Plessis, du Plessis was quick to react by out-braking Jadwat and re-passing him off the racing line. The battle continued, both cars revealing their strengths and weaknesses.
The battle for the lead was soon joined by a hard charging Denis Mitchell. ‘This is the meeting I have been waiting so eagerly for’ said Mitchell just before official practice had started. Those words proving there worth as Mitchell showed exceptional pace earning him a good chance of a win after Jadwat went off into the barriers exiting Malmesberry corner.
Chris Browne battled his way up the field no doubt mindful of his championship chances. An average qualifying session saw him start further back than what he ideally needed. Browne fought hard up to 4th position before making contact with Derrick Mulder, the damage to the Ferrari ending Browne’s further participation in the race.
Mitchell tried valiantly to challenge du Plessis for the lead but to no avail as du Plessis managed his race perfectly to win and secure the drivers championship from the top of the podium.