Mark Henebury (HRT), on debut, won race one of the SS3 round at Imola, his first victory of a Sim Race South Africa hosted National Sim Racing Championship race.
A great start by Jonathan Bentz (Squadro GhostworX) saw him rocket off the line to beat everyone else into the opening corner.
Henebury did well to maintain pace with race leader Bentz and Liebenberg until errors by both of them, Bentz running wide at Villeneuveand Liebenberg veering off track while exiting the Alte Chicane, gifted him the race lead.
A consistently fast drive by Henebury earned him victory at Imola.
“The race starts, get a great launch going into the first corner with everyone behaving very well. I was behind Jason for most of lap 1 until a over steer moment saw him leave the circuit. I was at this time not feeling to comfortable as the grip levels felt totally different. I caught up to my Team mate who allowed me to pass him to try catch every one else. From there I just wanted to be consistent and not push to hard. I was struggling with traction out of the slow corners had to be extra careful on the throttle. After some more laps I was able to catch the leaders with Bentz going off circuit at some point. I never thought I would catch Juan as his times were very consistent. Fortunately for me Juan lost traction out of the slow chicane and went off track a bit which allowed me to pass. At that moment I put every bit of energy into concentrating on consistency to cross the line first. It seemed to have worked! Was happy but stunned at finishing first.” says Henebury
“The best was that Mark also didn’t make any errors where others did and he grabbed 1st place on his 1st SS3 race of the season.” says HRT’s Team Principal Chris Heyneke
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