Raging Bull Motorsports’ Jonathan Mogotsi, piloting the #80 Mercedes-Benz, won the opening race of the new 2015.2 SA simGT season at Donington. The first round of the season consisted of a double sprint race format of 18 laps each. Round 1 enjoyed a record entry of 20 cars.
In the 15 minute qualifying session, Debutant and AM-Class driver Gert James narrowly edged Mogotsi and Jason Absmeier (#90 Revlimit Racing Nissan) to secure pole position.
After a first corner incident, Squadro GhostworX’s Basheer Jadwat found himself up three places and scampering away in the race lead with a two second gap back to James. The action continued on the first lap when Boyd Bryson (#81 AGBS Nissan) was surrounded through Coppices Corner to see him loose third position to Mogotsi but to successfully defend from Jordan Sherratt (#07 Revlimit Racing Nissan).
Approaching the half way stage of the race and after many attempts by James to pass Jadwat, James, proving more assertive in backmarker traffic, regained the race lead by passing Jadwat at Mcleans (turn 7). James’ race lead came to an end after he and Jadwat made contact on the exit of the Old Hairpin, this allowed Mogotsi to thread his way past the accident seen and into the race lead.
Behind Bryson, Philip Lategan in the sole McLaren enjoyed a good battle with Johannes Coetsee (#46 Rebel GhostworX) for fifth position. After falling to the back of the field, Absmeier put on an impressive recovery drive to fight his way back up to seventh position.
For the remainder of the race, Mogotsi maintained position ahead of the continued Jadwat/James battle to win the opening race of the new simGT Season.
In the GT-AM class, James took victory with the frantic battle for second position ending in Brent Lindsay-Rae (#34 Broz Racing BMW)beating Steve Smith (#49 Kinell Racing BMW) to the finish line.
Race 1 Results: