Basheer Jadwat, driving for Squadro GhostworX, won race one of the South African simGT Sprint round at Mugello.
Starting from pole position, Jadwat maintained his lead, ahead of teammate Jonathan Bentz, into San Donato (turn one). Later on lap two, Bentz was unfortunate to run wide at Biondetti to fall to the back of the field.
The opening lap also saw the start of a frantic four-way battle for fourth position between Jason Holden-Jones (H-J Motorsport), the two HRT entered BMWs of Chris Heyneke and Mark Henebury, and Boyd Bryson (Xtreme Racing). Holden-Jones was driving defensively which made for extremely close racing. On one occasion, at Bucine, Henebury found himself alongside Holden-Jones, only to fall victim to teammate Heyneke who opted to fall in behind Holden-Jones and to hug the inside line. Heyneke then launched his own attack, running the outside line alongside Holden-Jones into San Danato looking for inside line at the following corner. Unfortunately after contact with Holden-Jones, Heyneke was left to search for a way out of the grave trap at Materassi. Bryson moved two positions up after; an inside line move on Henebury at Bucine and an outside line move on Holden-Jones at San Danato.
Later Bentz was next to challenge Holden-Jones for sixth position. After many attempts Bentz executed a thrilling pass around the outside of Holden-Jones at the high speed Casanova corner.
With two laps remaining Bryson set after the Phantom GhostworX BMWs in second and third position. Bryson had to wait until the very last corner of the race to pass Ragubeer and secure the final podium position.
Basheer Jadwat, with an impressive drive, led flag to flag to secure his fifth win of the 2015.1 simGT Sprint season.
Squadro GhostworX race report:
“Back to the 10 minute sprint qualifying sessions. 2 sets of tyres, 1 flying lap. These are really tough on the drivers and there is zero room for mistakes. Basheer jumped to P1 on his first run with Jono a couple tenths off. Juan put his Phantom car in P3 and started showing his true pace. This may be closer than expected. Bash’s second run was even faster has Jono spins out on the last turn to miss out on attacking pole position.”
“The lights go out and it’s a good start all round. Jono was sitting tight on Bash’s bumper for most of that first lap. A slight drop in grip caused by running in Bash’s dirty air meant a gap was starting to form. Jono unable to get power down to help turn the car in Mugello’s fast sweeping turns. Into the last turn Jono made an error where he clipped the dirt in the braking zone which pulled the car off track and deep into the sand trap. He rejoined the track in last place.
Bash would go on to lead the entire race, maintaining a gap to the fast Phantom cars and no doubt running a very boring race. Jono would spend the remainder of the race chasing the guys in P4, 5 and 6. Jason H-J driving a hard defensive race against Jono with only a slight error from Jason allowing Jono to get a run on him. A dismal P5 for Jono.”