Jonathan Bentz (Squadro GhostworX) won race 1 of the 11th SA simSS3 round, held at Mugello.
The start saw pole sitter Bentz just edge a fiery looking Steven Pelser (Revlimit Racing) who tried to unnerve Bentz, especially through Luco (turn 2) and Poggio Seco (turn 3).
Then on lap 4 an error by Pelser saw him use too much curb on the exit of the appropriately named Casanova (turn 6), spinning him off to retirement.
An unusually difficult qualifying session for Bentz’s teammate and newly crowned 2014 Drivers Champion Basheer Jadwat saw him start from the back of the field. Jadwat waisted no time by out dragging Riaan vd Westhuizen (Deltec Racing) and Marius van Wyk (Xtreme Racing) to San Danoto (turn 1). While displaying exactly why he is 2014’s Drivers Champion, Jadwat, by patiently picking the right moments when to attack and when not to, went on to fight his way all the way to 2nd position, in what must be called an extremely mature and composed drive.
With Pelser’s earlier retirement and with just 3 laps remaining , Chris Browne (GhostworX 3.0) found himself in 2nd with an ever closing Jadwat. Browne did very well to maintain his position until the very last lap when Jadwat was able to slip stream his way alongside him and make a great pass at San Danoto.
Yasteel Ragubeer (Team Ryoku) enjoyed a solid drive to earn his best race result of 4th for the season so far.
Bentz comfortably went on to win ahead of the Jadwat/Browne battle for 2nd.
Squadro GhostworX’s perfect race maintains their Team Championship title hopes ahead of race 2, with just Revlimit Racing still in contention.
Race 1 results:
Round 11 Race 1: Mugello 01 December 2014