|What||G+H Extreme Supercars Round 3 Report|
|Where||Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria|
|When||Saturday 23 April 2022|
|Community||South Africa National|
Lamborghini Overcomes Turbo Porsches in Pretoria
Jonathan du Toit may have been concerned about the high altitude advantages his turbocharged G+H Extreme Supercar championship rivals would enjoy at Zwartkops’ third round, against his naturally aspirated Trans Africa Racing Lamborghini. But those fears were quickly quashed when the home driver put the wailing Lamborghini on pole position in a stunning 58.942 second lap.
He was perhaps assisted by Cape Class A+ rival Dayne Angel having to repair his Autohaus Angel Porsche GT2R after a Friday evening spin gently into the tyre barrier off dropped oil. And Franco Scribante’s similar Porsche 911 GT2 struggling a little with his hand-made front suspension not working as well as it perhaps should have. But Pretoria driver du Toit clearly had nothing much to fear from his Porsche rivals. The incredible 75-year-old Ben Morgenrood qualified fourth in his amazing Ben Morgenrood Motors Lexus. Which has its 7-litre Chevy V8 mounted next to the driver.
GT3 Balance of Performance fastest man Greg Parton sat on the third row in his Drizit Environmental Lamborghini Huracan, alongside Class B pole man Marius Jackson MJR Audi R8 LMS GT3, with Ricky Giannoccaro’s GT3 class G&H Transport Lamborghini Supertrofeo on row 4. Class C duo, Damian Hammond Trinity Security Lamborghini Supertrofeo and Nicky Dicks Stradale Into Africa Porsche 997 GT3 Cup next up from Mikaeel Pitamber Lamborghini Supertrofeo, debutant Kwanda Mokoena’s Amandla Coal Into Africa Audi R8 LMS GT4 and Arnold Neveling’s BMW Z4M.
Damian Hammond’s Lamborghini appeared somewhat reluctant to fire up, finally agreeing to do so just in time for the start, before Dayne Angel made the initial running. But his Porsche appeared to go into limp mode, allowing Jonathan du Toit to sail past him along with Franco Scribante. Angel however recovered and quickly found his way back past Scribante, who was visibly suffering handling issues with his car.
Du Toit stretched out a comfortable lead over Angel with Scribante holding onto third ahead of Morgenrood, Jackson and Parton. Du Toit then put in a sub-60 second lap as his lead grew, with the rest of the train mostly settled until late in the race, when Parton managed to slip by Jackson after a most entertaining race-long spa. That after Hammond was forced to park his Lamborghini midway through the race.
The second race started much the same way as the first with Angel diving into the lead ahead of du Toit, but Morgenrood was slow away and had to pit, keeping him out the chase up front. Angel led all the way to lap 9 when du Toit just put the hammer down, sailed past him and raced off to his second victory of the day. Angel was second, ahead of the battle for third between Jackson and Parton with the former holding onto the place to the finish.
So, Jonathan du Toit duly powered his naturally aspirated Lamborghini to overall victory for the day over Dayne Angel’s turbo Porsche, to also break the jinx so far this year, of those two visiting drivers winning at their rivals’ home circuits. Class B winner Marius Jackson was third overall in his Audi, with Lamborghini Balance of Performance GT3 Greg Parton, Ricky Giannoccaro and Mikaeel Pitamber next up from Nicky Dicks and impressive rookie Kwanda Mokoena. Morgenrood, Hammond, Scribante and Neveling were all to be found in the early shower.
Du Toit’s naturally aspirated pace must seem ominous for his turbocharged rivals as the G+H Extreme Supercars now head to the thick air of Gqeberha’s Aldo Scribante for round 4 on Saturday 28 May. That’s where PE’s finest also lay in wait for one of the series favourite races. As they say in the classics, bring it on!
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