There was no stopping Boyd Bryson from taking his fifth win of the season during Round 6 of the 2015.2 SA sim GT Series at Paul Ricard. Bryson now leads the Driver’s Championship standings by 32 points ahead of defending champion Basheer Jadwat.
Bryson started the #81 AGBS Nissan GTR well from pole position to maintain control of the race throughout the opening laps. Until the pit-stop phase, only teammate and GT-AM class leader Gert James could maintain the relentless pace displayed by Bryson. After his pit-stop, James was unfortunate to rejoin the track behind the frantic battle for fourth position between Gabriel Rossouw and Jason Absmeier. This slowed James and allowed Bryson to enjoy an increased lead once the pit-stop phase was completed. Bryson would finish the race in an overall third position and to claim the GT-AM Class win.
The GT-AM class entries of Rossouw and Jacques de Villiers enjoyed success to see them finish in overall fifth and seventh positions and to claim in-class podium finishing positions. After a very exciting move to pass Absmeier, Rossouw did particularly well to keep Absmeier behind for duration of their race long battle. Absmeier proved quicker, however intelligent defensive driving, a sharp pit-stop and a calm attitude under pressure earned Rossouw the difference.
Another one of the many race long battles to watch was the fight for ninth position between Chris Heyneke and Markus Steyn.
“Racing was hard and i had a massive battle with Markus from lap 3 to lap 15. I was just too happy to see him pit early for a two stop strategy. That gave me some breathing room. During the next 7 laps i did my fastest laps for the race. I selected medium tyres for both stints, but the strange thing was that at around lap 7 i suddenly loss grip on the tyres for abiut 3 laps and then all was fine again. I did my pitstop and when i came out the last man I wanted to see came around me into the 1st corner MARKUS!! Race on again. I tried to get pass but he made life difficult lol. We even made contact but im sure everything was ok. I then decided to fall back a bit and follow him around. This made both our lap times faster which was better for our races but i also knew he would pit again, which worked in my favour. I tried to hang with Mr Brown when he came out the pits, but he was just a class better and i couldnt match his pace. Otherwise i had a faultless race.” says Heyneke
The Mclaren MP4-12C and Lotus Evora of Philip Lategan and Jason Holden-Jones were found wanting out of the hard acceleration zones of Paul Ricard to the benefit of both the BMW Z4s and especially the Nissan GTRs. Lategan and Holden-Jones managed to finish in tenth and 14th positions respectively. Both drivers will be looking forward to the twisty nature of the Eastern Creek circuit which will play host to the next round of the championship on 03 August 2015.
Johannes Coetsee earned a solid fourth position:
“Great race, great pace, great points for the team! Jacques and myself really made a good run at a track that I just started practicing on for the first time on Saturday! Getting P4 for quali felt great and ending in P4 after a one stop strategy on medium tyres both rounds with my teamie only 3 cars behind me was the best team result so far. ” says Coetsee