The Squadro GhostworX pairing of Basheer Jadwat and Jonathan Bentz enjoyed a one-two finish to secure the 2014 SA simSS3 Teams Championship.
Pole sitter Jadwat started well to beat Juan Liebenberg (Team Ryoku) to San Danoto (turn 1). Through the opening stages, Bentz would maintain his 3rd position ahead of Markus Steyn (GhostworX 3.0), until a good run out of Bucine (final turn) enabled Bentz to close a substantial gap to Liebenberg and make a pass at San Danoto. The fight for 2nd allowed Jadwat to edge away into a commanding lead.
A spin at Savelli (turn 7) for Liebenberg meant an end to any further challenge against Bentz, however Steyn slipped by into 2nd when Bentz too had a spin this time at Poggio Seco (turn 3). Then 3 laps later Bentz caught up to Steyn to execute the very same move he put on Liebenberg, to regain 2nd position.
A recovering Liebenberg did well to catch up to and pass Steyn on the very last lap, the move came when Liebenberg breezed passed Steyn down the main straight. Steyn seemed to have been struggling with top speed leaving him vulnerable down the long straights.
2014’s SS3 Drivers Champion Jadwat enjoyed an unchallenged drive to secure his 12th win of the season.
“I got off to a clean start and was able to manage the gap behind. Jono managed to pass Juan somewhere and I just tried to match his pace lap after lap keeping the gap. This was a bit of a boring race when compared to the epicness of race 1. I finished ahead of Jono and Juan and in the process, we grabbed the Team Championship which was our target for the season!” says Jadwat
“Good start and Bash was comfortable in this position. Juan ahead of me had different gearing which was interesting to watch as we traded acceleration between our gears. Juan entered turn 1 wide leaving me loads of space but he had the position done and dusted and I slotted in behind him to suss out his grip/aero levels.
“I think we were running very similar and it was tough to stay clean behind him as the slip was affecting my steering ever so slightly. Bash began to break a bit in front of us. I tried my hardest to keep on Juan’s bumper in the last turn as this was my only real hope of getting past. In the slipstream I made next to no progress on him until after the line… then suddenly I made quite a bit of ground. Now past I needed to keep him there!!! It looked like the fight would go to the flag but unfortunately he had a moment into Cassanova which saw me set free to chase Bash and also saw Steyn get past into P3.”
“A lap or two later and I had a moment going into Luco where I clipped the curb ever so slightly and I panicked and did a preventative counter-steer which just put me in the dirt but fortunately still pointing in the correct direction. I lost the place to Steyn but could now look forward to a good battle for the rest of the race. I managed a slip pass on the main straight a lap or two later. Now with Steyn on my bumper I had to push hard. Going through Correntaio (The long right before the last chicane) I ran wide on exit and Steyn followed me. I never touched the dirt but was like whoooooa. Steyn unfortunately did clip the dirt and gave me a buffer. From there I just tried to match Bash’s lap times… but damn he was flying.”
“Well done on that win Bash and well done to Juan for a comeback to 3rd. I believe we did enough to take the Team title which is just awesome. Of course thanks mostly to Bash and his epic performance through the season.” says Bentz
Race 2 results:
Round 11 Race 2: Mugello 01 December 2014