Denis Mitchell (SH Racing) won the first ever race of the 2014.2 SA simGT Series season.
The start saw pole-sitter Basheer Jadwat (Squadro GhostworX) maintain his position from a lightning start by Juan Liebenberg (Team Ryoku). Mitchell was forced into an error at Stowe Corner which dropped him back to 7th position. The error was a result from pressure sustained from a quick looking Johannes Coetsee (GhostworX 3.0) who was able to pull alongside Mitchell on Hanger Straight.
Mitchell immediately set out to make amends and by the following corner took advantage of the frantic battle ahead him for 4th position between Chris Browne (GhostworX 3.0), and the two Hippo Rock Racing cars piloted by Craig Hume and Dean Rautenbach, to out-brake Rautenbach on entry to Club Corner and to later pass Hume using the inside line at Village Corner for 5th position. Next up for Mitchell were the two GhostworX 3.0 cars of Browne and Coetsee. Browne and Coetsee seeming to manage a better drive onto Hanger Straight to not allow Mitchell an easy run on them. However on Lap 5 Mitchell made the pass on Browne outbraking him at Stowe Corner and later Coetsee at Village Corner
By lap 17 Mitchell had caught up to Liebenberg and had forced into an error to surrender his 2nd position.
What seemed to be a certain victory for Jadwat proved to be not so as on the last lap Jadwat was forced off the road by a difficult back-marker. The incident handed the victory to Mitchell, Liebenberg finished in 2nd ahead of a disgruntled Jadwat.
Boyd Bryson (Xtreme Racing) qualified to start the race from 3rd position however he had to start the race from the pit-lane due to technical difficulties. Bryson did well to come back through the field, which included an incident with Cliffton Bridge (Taurus Racing) which forced him off the track, to finish in 9th position.
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Round 1 Race 1: Silverstone-International 07 October 2014