AGBSs Boyd Bryson and Gert James relished Round 5 of the SA simGT Series at Monza to take a dominant 1-2 victory.
While Bryson enjoyed a dream start to the 90 minute endurance race, James ran wide on the all important build up to the rolling start. Brent Lindsay-Rae, in the Ichor Racing Nissan GTR, pressed James across the start line, however he was unable to make a pass under braking for the opening corner. After passing Jonathan Mogotsi for fourth position overall, Stormfront Racing’s Russell Meyer, on debut, went wide into the sand trap exiting the first chicane. Meyer dropped down two places to rejoin behind Revlimit Racing Red’s Jonathan Mogotsi, in sixth position.
An internal Ichor Racing switch in position revealed Garassino’s rapid pace and a unique strategy compared to the rest of the front runners. Garassino raced away from teammate Lindsay-Rae to gain on James, suggesting a two stop strategy on the soft tyre. The AGBS Nissans, confirmed as running the medium tyre on a one-stop strategy, quickly responded by extending the gap from 3 to almost 7 seconds. After Garassino came in for his first of two pit-stops on lap 17, Bryson pitted on lap 24 to allow James to briefly lead the race before he too pitted one lap later. Both AGBS Nissans regained their original positions to comfortably lead until the end of the race.
After opening lap incidents, there were a number of impressive recovery drives. One of them was that of Trigon Racing’s Peter van Vuuren. After qualifying in sixth position, van Vuuren dropped down to 16th position to eventually finish one place better than where he qualified.
In the GT-AM class and after dropping down to 18th overall, Gerrit Crafford, on debut for Revlimit Racing Blue, fought his Mclaren 650S all the way back to seventh overall to win the class. Meyer finished second on debut, and Revlimit Racing Red’s Clifford Needell completed the class podium.
Trigon Racing’s Gabriel Rossouw continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship by just one point ahead of Bryson. Defending champions AGBS are the new leaders in the Teams’ Championship by two points ahead of Trigon racing, and 11 points ahead of Ichor Racing. HRD’s Kevin Lourens leads the GT-AM Drivers’ Championship ahead of Synergy Racing’s Ian Watkins and Crafford.
The next round of the championship will be at the Nürburgring GP (GT Lay-out) circuit on 20 June 2016, and will be available for viewing on Sim Race South Africa’s Youtube channel from Friday 24 June 2016 , subscribe here.
Drivers’ Championship Standing after Round 5:
Teams’ Championship Standings after Round 5: