Denis Mitchell (SH Racing) won Race 2 of Round 7 of the 2014 SA simSS3 Series
An impressive start by Mitchell saw him pass pole-sitter Basheer Jadwat (Squadro GhostworX) on the run to Rettifillo (turn 1 chicane). Juan Liebenberg (Team Ryoku) and Jonathan Bentz (Squadro GhostworX) too had good starts off the lights to slot into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Liebenberg was unfortunate not to take advantage of a slow exit by Mitchell leaving Rettifillo as he too battled for traction on what must have been cold tyres. Bentz did not have such issues and immediately went onto the offensive to pass Liebenberg and to go to run almost side by side with Mitchell for the lead.
Race 1 winner Jadwat was unfortunate to be involved in an incident with Steven Pelser (Revlimit Racing), the incident dropped both drivers down to near the back of the field.
Then came a pivotal point of the race as Liebenberg tagged the rear of Bentz’s car spinning him round. Liebenberg immediately accepted his error and conducted a self-inflicting pit-lane drive through for the incident. With Bentz and Liebenberg suddenly out of the picture, Mitchell found himself with a 4 second lead back to Jason Absmeier (Revlimit Racing).
“Got a decent start..new gearing helped get me off the line, while Bash had a bad start. I ran a bit deep into turn 1, having to take curb to make the corner and loosing drive onto the straight, and now having to defend from Jonathan and Juan. Into the first chicane, i saw Jonathan get tapped around…pity as he was on fire and a big threat!” says Mitchell.
The GhostworX 3.0 pairing of Markus Steyn and Chris Browne were enjoying rapid pace to quickly dispatch Craig Hume (Hippo Rock Racing) and Johannes Coetsee (JVR GhostworX) for 3rd and 4th place respectively. The rate at which the red cars were gaining on the two cars up front suggested a possible challenge for the race win during the closing stages. However it was not too be as they later could not close up to Absmeier who in turn could not do the same to race leader Mitchell.
“My car setup changes were brilliant…car felt like it was light and nimble, and with some adjusting i started to really enjoy it and drive it better and more consistent. Thankfully i was able to slowly pull away to a easy win…due to Bash having a bad start and then being spun around by a RevLimit driver…so a much better race 2 and much better pace with a car i was confident i could challenge Basheer with yet…no Basheer!!!” says Mitchell
“The start was pandemonium all through the field but I managed to avoid all the mess and ended up in a nice battle with a few guys mid-field. I managed a couple of passes but when I nearly ran into the back of my team-mate I decided to calm down and just worry about finishing. That lasted for a few laps but then Joe seemed to start lagging a little and moved over then Markus had an odd bottoming out which sent him into the dirt and suddenly I had an open track in front of me with Jason in the distance so I started to push again. I was reeling him in at half a sec or more a lap which spurred me on even more and it looked like I would be able to catch him before the end but then I got my braking point wrong and messed up Rettifilo losing me loads of time. I still pushed like mad the last couple of laps and I think on the last lap I closed over 2 seconds… It was great to finally be racing after 4 DNFs in a row.” says Browne
Race 2 results:
Round 7 Race 2: Monza 03 November 2014
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