AGBSs Gert James enjoyed a dominant performance at Imola to not only claim his maiden overall SA simGT victory, but to also win Race 2. With championship leader and Revlimit Racing driver Jonathan Mogotsi absent from this round, the field was eager to close down as much as the Drivers’ Championship points deficit as possible.
Both races saw James start from pole position to, other than brief challenges from the Trigon Racing Nissans of Gabriel Rossouw and Peter Van Vuuren, ease away from the rest of the field. His teammate and defending champion Boyd Bryson experienced a mixed bag of results with a fourth in Race 1 and a 13th position finish in Race 2. An incident during the formation lap in Race 2 saw him start down the order from his original qualifying position of fifth.
A successful return to the championship for Revlimit Racing’s Philip Lategan saw him net a fourth position finish in Race 2.
In the GT-AM class, M2 Racing’s Amrish Seunarain claimed victory in Race 1 while Eugene Niewoudt took the honours in Race 2 for the new Stormfront Racing team.
Mogotsi continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship by just four points ahead of the tie for second between James and Bryson. AGBS continues to enjoy a significant lead in the Teams’ Championship by 31 points ahead of Trigon Racing. Revlimit Racing’s Gerrit Crafford leads the GT-AM Class championship by nine points ahead of HRDs Kevin Lourens.
In the Trigon Tooling Consistency Cup, Rossouw proved the most consistent driver in Race 1 with 99.45% consistent lap times, while Lategan proved most consistent in Race 2 with 99,52%. Rossouw is the new leader in Consistency Cup Championship by just 5 points ahead of Bryson.
Race 1 Results:
Race 2 Results:
Drivers’ Championship Standings after Round 8:
Teams’ Championship Standings after Round 8:
Trigon Tooling Consistency Cup Standings after Round 8: