After the carnage of the first day of Round 5 of the Wesbank Super Series on Durban’s streets, the drivers were slightly more cautious today and most of their cars came out of the racing unscathed.
Morning practice for the SA Single Seaters saw Simon Moss extend his dominance in the Formula VW class, posting a time over two seconds faster that Jayde Kruger who was just five hundredths of a second quicker that Nicholas van Weely. Van Weely’s crew did a sterling job getting his badly damaged car back on track after his accident during qualifying yesterday. Werner Scholtz was the quickest of the Formula 1600 brigade, ahead of Christopher Shorter and George Ferreira although many of the normal front runners took it easy in the session.
In the race Simon Moss and Jayde Kruger made an early break at the head of the Formula VW field. Moss slowly pulled away from Kruger eventually taking the flag almost four and a half seconds ahead of the second placed man. Nic Chapman got the better of his battle with Ernie van der Walt to take third. Werner Scholtz again claimed the Formula 1600 win ahead of Jason Campos and Matt Merton.
In the Engen VW Cup the top five drivers in morning practice were separated by just over a second, giving a indication of the racing that was to come. In the race Kyle Barnes led from lights to flag and not even a safety car period early on in the race could put him off his stride. Kelvin van der Linde pushed hard but had to settle for second ahead of defending champion Devin Robertson.
Production Cars had another qualifying session this morning and Etienne van der Linde took the Class A pole ahead of Michael Stephen and Melvill Priest. Gennaro Bonafede led the Class T challenge from Jacques Joubert and Shaun Duminy. Van der Linde used his pole position to good advantage and took a relatively comfortable win from Stephen and Priest. Bonafede took his first Class T win of the season with yesterday’s winner Joubert in second. Gary Formato fought his way through to third.
The Wesbank Super Series moves back inland for their next event which takes place at Phakisa Freeway on the first weekend in August.