Both Boyd Bryson and Basheer Jadwat took victories of the 2015.2 SA simGT double sprint, and penultimate, round at Zandvoort.
The twisty start stop nature of the Dutch circuit particularly suited the BMW Z4 GT3 equipped teams, none better than defending champions Squadro GhostworX. Squardo GhostworX did not have it all their way however, even if their star driver Basheer Jadwat started both races from pole position and with teammate Markus Steyn also securing 5th and 4th starting positions respectively.
The start to race one saw Jadwat start well and lead throughout the opening stages until an unforced error at the tricky esses dropped him down into third position behind a very quick and in form Chris Browne. Having inherited the lead, Bryson did well to resist pressure from the BMW Z4 onslaught. Meanwhile Bryson’s AGBS teammate, Gert James, was involved in an exciting battle to keep Steyn and Rebel GhostworX’s Johanes Coetsee behind him all the way to the half way point of the 17 lap race. Steyn eventually found a way past under braking for turn 1 and later on the same lap Coetsee ‘love tapped’ his way past at turn 8. Later, Coetsee ran wide into the gravel trap to rejoin in eighth behind a strong running Brent Lindsay-Rae.
The highlight of race one was the final stage battle between Browne and Jadwat. With Bryson dissapearing up the road in the lead, Jadwat ceased an opportunity when Browne locked up to run wide at turn 1 to cut back inside him to earn the inside line and to run side by side with Browne to finally pass him two corners later. Other changes for position were seen when Steve Smith put a move on Chris Heyneke for 10th, and Jason Holden-Jones moved past Osman Vallee for 14th.
Bryson maintained the lead, ahead of Jadwat and Browne, to secure his ninth win of the season. Gert James won the GT-AM class, finishing just seven seconds ahead of nearest GT-AM championship rival Jacques de Villiers.
Race two proved even more exciting as a twist to the race saw the race one winner, Bryson, slip down from second to seventh after running wide at turn 8, and Steyn had to start from the back of the field after failing to join the starting grid in time. With the seemingly chaotic start to race two, Coetsee found himself in second position fending off a recovering Browne, who in turn had Mark Henebury for close company. Bryson then fell back again after an incident with Heyneke to rejoin just ahead of Markus Steyn. Bryson and Steyn engaged in a fantastic fight while passing many others for position. In one instance both of them passed Holden-Jones at the same moment at turn 1. A blow to Squadro GhostworX’s championship campaign came when Steyn fell down the order to 11th, after crashing into the barrier at turn 3.
Jadwat lead flag to flag to win race two. Browne and Coetsee completed the podium. Jacques de Villiers enjoyed a solid drive to finish in an overall fourth position to win the GT-AM Class ahead of yet another strong drive by Brent Lindsay-Rae.
On 28 September 2015 the 2015.2 SA simGT Series will move to its final round at Spa-Francorchamps with Bryson leading Jadwat by just 16 points in the Drivers’ Championship. AGBS leads Squadro GhostworX by just 14 points. James leads the GT-AM class by 26 points from de Villiers.
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