Locals shine in races home and away
South African racers impressed as usual in a broad variety of motorsports across the globe from Port Elizabeth to Utah, Cape town to Brands Hatch, Barcelona to iDube, but it was local racing that topped this weekend's bill with PE’s Aldo Scribante hosting the Volkswagen National Race Day.
Bradley Liebenberg proved tp be the PE star, taking four wins out of five races in both the Falken Polo Cup and in GTC2, Johan Fourie and local hero Simon Moss shared the GTC wins Scott Temple dominated Investchem Formula 1600 and Jozi visitor George Economedes took both local EP Saloon races. David McFadden and Clinton Seller shared Superbike wins and Kewyn Snyman took 600 honours.
SA riders also starred around the world on two wheels — Darryn Binder impressed in a wild race as he chased another podium, only to be taken out and end 15th in the Spanish Moto3 Grand Prix, while brother Brad struggled to 11th and Steven Odendaal finished 22nd in Moto2. A little further north, Phil Atkinson ended fourth in the opening Ducati race, Bjorn Estment took sixth in Superstock 1000 and Brent Harran ninth in Superstock 600 at the Brands Hatch British Superbike races.
Meanwhile on the other side of the pond, Matthew Scholtz was second in opening Utah MotoAmerica Superbike race as Cameron Petersen retired, with Scholtz fourth and Petersen eighth on the second race grid as we wrote. Young Sam Lockhoff ended 12th in the opening Junior Cup race and was 8th on the second race grid.
Moving back to four wheels, two SA teams encountered a difficult weekend in the two Road to Le Mans 24-hour curtain raisers — SA Endurance champions Nick Adcock and Michael Jensen ended 34th after a tough first heat and 45th in the second in their LPM3 Norma, while Greg Mills sharing his GT3 Bentley with former 24-hour winner Jan Lammers ended 41st in both races.
Back at home. Killarney's fourth round WP Karting races delivered several multiple winners as Dino Stermin beat Jason Coetzee two to one in DD2, Roy Gruer took two Masters wins to Conor Hughes’ one; Simon Simpson-Heath, Charl Visser and overall winner Kai van Zijl shared Senior Max wins, Ethan Stier took two Mini Max wins and Jason Macbeath one and Johan Hamman, Jared Jordan and Gary Lenon shared the Clubmans wins. Tate Bishop (Junior Max), Reza Levy (Micro) and Rayan Karriem (Bambino) however dominated, while Nik Roos won Mini Rok, Luan Mostert Kid Rok and Tate Bishop doubled up in OKJ.
Idube's fourth round KZN kart races however witnessed mass domination as Benjamin Habig marched to a DD2 and Jonathan Pieterse a Masters triple, Jonathan Pieterse took three Max 175 wins, Jack Rowe won all three Junior races, Dhivyen Naidoo took a Micro Max triple and Tshepang Shisinwana dominated Bambino, but Shrien Naidoo only took two Senior Max wins to Donovan Connor’s one.
Finally, still on Karting, SA kid Joshua Coertze ended seventh in the third round of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy Championship in Sarno, Italy to end up third in a close championship chase with a round left to run.