Revlimit Racing’s Jonathan Mogotsi, during his one-off return filling in for Jason Absmeier, won both races of the 2016 SA simGT Series at Brands Hatch.
Starting race one from pole position to lead the 24 car strong field, Mogotsi did not have it all his way as Ichor Racing’s Lance Garassino made an aggressive move at Druids to claim the race lead on the opening lap. Just two laps later and after Garassino ran wide at Surtees, Mogotsi took the race lead back with a brave move around the outside line at Westfield Bend. Another pass that happened on lap 3 was that of HRT’s Chris Heyneke on H-J eSports Jason Holden-Jones for 1oth position, the move coming at Dingle Dell – Holden-Jones spent the rest of the race chasing Heyneke to eventually pass him towards the end.
Any aspirations of a victory for Garassino were dashed when he used too much of the slippery run-off area at Druids to pitch him into a spin. The Ichor Racing Audi R8’s misfortune tightened the battle for second resulting in Garassino gently pushed wide to again recover to fifth. Just moments later Gert James and Basheer Jadwat made contact, the latter coming off the worse to later retire from the race.
Lap 9 saw the AGBS Nissans occupying second and third while Garassino was subjected to an impressive move by Trigon Racing’s Gabriel Rossouw around the outside line at Surtees. Garassino took fourth back just two laps later.
Mogotsi won race one 23 seconds ahead Boyd Bryson, and Rossouw completed the podium. James finished in fifth after being tagged by Garassino at Druids.
The opening laps of race one saw a much better start for pole-starter Mogotsi, this until an error at Clearways gifted Garassino the race lead. Mogotsi immediately began to close the gap to Garassino to eventually pass him under braking for Druids on lap 13.
Misfortune, resulting from two incidents, for the #81 Nissan setup a spirited recovery drive from Bryson. Bryson fought his way back up the field from 20th to seventh position. After a forced retirement for Markus Steyn in race one, the sole entry for GhostworX Racing enjoyed a much better run to battle Rossouw for fourth position right up until the penultimate lap when he was sucked into retirement by the gravel trap at Paddock Hill Bend.
Race two’s podium was completed by Garassino and James, followed by the Trigon Racing pairing of Rossouw and Peter van Vuuren.
In the GT-AM class, it was also a double victory for Kevin Lourens who enjoyed his best performance to date. The HRD driver finished both races in an impressive sixth position outright. Lourens was joined by Chris Chetty and Ian Watkins on the podium for race one, Amrish Seunarain and again Watkins for race two.
Garassino now leads the Drivers’ Championship by just 9 points ahead of Rossouw and James . Trigon Racing leads the Teams’ Championship by just 1 point ahead of AGBS. This before the worst two rounds are dropped to calculate the final championship standings.
The next round of the championship takes place at Donington on 16 May 2016.
Race 1 Results:
Race 2 Results:
Drivers’ Championship Standings after Round 3:
Teams’ Championship Standings after Round 3: