Shock Spa finale win for Garassino, Bryson crowned SA simGT champion

Lance Garassino, on debut, won the 2015.2 SA simGT final round at Spa-Francorchamps. Bryson finished the 37 lap race in third position, ahead of nearest championship rival Basheer Jadwat, to clinch the Overall Drivers’ Championship.

Heyneke passes Steyn for sixth position.

Heyneke passes Steyn for sixth position.

Garassino, a 250cc Superkarts race winner, started from pole position to realise an opening lap three second gap back to Mark Henebury in second position. This was after both Bryson and Jadwat were involved in an opening corner incident at La Source. HRT’s Chris Heyneke pulled off an exciting move on lap 4 to pass Squadro Ghostworx’s Markus Steyn. Heyneke enjoyed a better run out of Eau Rouge to approach Les Combes under braking side by side with Steyn before swooping passed him using the outside line.

Jadwat and Bryson fight their way back up the field.

Jadwat and Bryson fight their way back up the field.

In a series of thrilling over-taking maneuvers, Jadwat and Bryson together fought their way back up the order from 10th and 11th positions, until Jadwat had to conduct an unscheduled pit-stop for damage on lap 13. Jadwat’s delayed pit-stop dropped him down the order to 15th position. Bryson continued to finally reaching second position before diving into the pits on lap 21 to rejoin in fourth position behind a very quick and consistent Chris Browne. Bryson later passed Browne to finish in third position. Jadwat recovered to seventh position before race end.

Garassino was left unchallenged for the remainder of the race, leading all 37 laps, to claim his maiden win of the championship.

“It was an awesome feeling!! I really put in a lot of laps trying different setups in practice leading up to the race and couldn’t be happier. About 10 laps towards the end of the race I realized that I put 10 liters of fuel less than what was needed, I had to reduce the throttle input an change gears way before the correct mark, needless to say the last 5 or so laps were very very long as I just wanted to get to the end. The car was an absolute pleasure to drive, I could really attack the curbs and also rely on them on the exits of the corners. But most importantly it was consistent even when trying different lines and braking points. ” says Garassino

“There is a definite plan to be part of the 2016 SA simGT Series, Team wise, I would like to be part of a team and compete for that part of the championship. As to joining a team or creating a team that I will decide closer to the time.”

de Villiers took vicotry in the GT-AM Class.

de Villiers took victory in the GT-AM Class at Spa.

In the GT-AM Class Jacques de Villiers recovered from 10th after he too was involved in the opening corner incident. In the pit-stop phase de Villiers cleverly undercut championship rival Gert James, who was engaged in a close fight with Chris Heyneke, to improve to an overall sixth position and to finish with the class victory.

Bryson’s third position finish secured him the Overall Drivers’ Championship and together with James’s overall 9th position finish, their team AGBS won the Teams’ Championship. James also secured the GT-AM Class drivers’ championship.

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Race Result:

Round 12 final

About Jason Holden-Jones (385 Articles)
Jason, fueled by his passion for Sim Racing, Motorsport and Entrepreneurship, is working to, not only establish Sim Racing as a major eSport in South Africa, but also to establish sim racing as a grass-roots gateway to 'real world' Motorsport. Jason is the founder and owner of Sim Race South Africa - www.simracesa.co.za. Contact Jason by email: jason@simracesa.co.za

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