Basheer Jadwat (Squadro GhostworX) won race two of the 2015.1 SA simSS3 Series round at Spa-Francorchamps.
Jadwat started well from pole position to maintain his lead throughout the opening lap. Mark Henebury (HRT) applied pressure to Jonathan Bentz (Squadro GhostworX), however Bentz successfull defended to eventually open the gap back to Henebury.
After an early stage scuffle for fourth position with Chris Heyneke (HRT), Jason Holden-Jones (H-J Motorsport) went careering into the wall at Stavelot. Bentz suffered the same fate to see him drop down the order behind Holden-Jones.
With a significant gap back to Henebury, Jadwat was left unchallenged to secure his fourth win of the 2015.1 season.
Squadro GhostworX team race report:
“It was key for Jono to take Mark on lap 1. This was the plan as we all headed into turn 1. Bash in the lead, Mark on the left and Jono pushing for the inside line on the right. It worked. Jono got the tight line and Mark ran around the outside and slotted in behind Jono. heading down the straight, all three cars a lot more matched now.”
“Bash pushed hard and he was soooo fast!!! Jono struggled a touch with the new aero settings as he had a rear end twitch which sent him off track. This allowed Mark past. Bash was setting faster and faster times, destroying the times he set in race 1. He was clearly enjoying the extra aero that was gifted to him!!! Mark was chasing Bash but lacking a couple tenths here and there. Jono was doing OK in P3, closing the gap on Mark lap by lap! P2 clearly in Jono’s sights. But it was turn 7, the right hander after the top chicane, that was to ruin all for Jono. Another twitch from the rear, this time there was no saving it as Jono slowly half-spun to the inside of the track. His nose clipped the barrier, but he was beached!!! No forward or rear drive. He had to take a tow back to the pits. Once back on track he hit the track once more for testing purposes in last place. A very unfortunate result.”
“Bash came over the radio “he’s catching me, Mark’s catching me”. With a few laps left, Bash was under pressure. Mark was looking good, but he’d need 1 second a lap to catch Bash. It was too much. Bash crossed the line with a well deserved win with Mark in P2. ”
“Qualifying went brilliantly smooth :-D. I was able to put in 2 fast laps with the 2nd one securing me 2nd position on the Grid. Chris qualified in 4th position. This was looking to be another killer race. We launch and I didnt have enough revs again but it was ok. I went way too deep in to the 1st hairpin and unfortunately Bentz had me and was now in 2nd position. Through Lap 1 I noticed clearly the Ghostworx crew had altered their setup and had way more pace now. So it was on the limit all the time to keep up with them. We maintained our gaps until on Lap 2 Bentz had a rear end twich and went off and wide going into Campus corners. I was then able to take back 2nd position. Through the next couple laps I seemed to have the edge over Bentz who was now struggling a bit due to Setup changes. But every now and then he got closer and then lost what he made up. It was on lap 5 when the rear of Jonothan’s car decided to let go and he went into the barrier and was beached. It was quite a relief from my side but a pitty to as a battle would of been better. From here I just had to maintain being consistent and keep the pace. There were moments when I was getting closer to Jadwat but his pace and consistency was too good for me to make up substantial ground. Unknown to me was that Chris was in 3rd position and was being very consistent. It looked to be 2 podiums for HRT :-D… I was able to maintain the pace and the position to finish in 2nd place 😀 Chris finishing in 3rd place.”
“I made some tweaks to my setup and managed to qualify 4th ahead of Jason and Yasteel”
“After my grip problems in race 1, I had to make setup changes and adjusted my rear wing and tyre pressure’s. This made an immediate improvement to my car and I felt much more confident during the first couple corners. Coming to “Les Combes” Jason showed good skill by late breaking on me and came pass me, but it didn’t last long as he lost the rear end coming out of “Stavelot” and hit the barriers. This was the last time I saw him in the race. I lapped about 2 seconds a lap faster than in the 1st race and kept good distance between me and Yasteel”
“On Lap 5 I came around the corner at “Bruxelles” and was surprised to see Jonathan sideways and stuck on the curb.. I knew the feeling as this happened to me in practice a couple times. But in race 2 a had a perfect race with no mistakes and finished the race behind a faultless Bash and a very fast Mark in 3rd place.”
“This was my first podium in the SS3 series. and also Team HRT’s first double podium! This was a very good event for us with 3rd and 5th in race 1 and 2nd & 3rd in race 2.Great racing Mark and congrats on your podium finishes in both races.”
“Thank you for an excellent race event Jason and to all the racers who made for a good race”