|What||Investchem Formula 1600 Round 3 Report|
|Where||Aldo Scribante, Gqeberha EP|
|When||Saturday 28 May 2022|
|Community||South Africa National|
Splendid Investchem Formula 1600 Thrills Aldo Scribante
The big Investchem Formula 1600 news from Aldo Scribante on Saturday was that Alex Vos took his first victory to become the fourth driver to win in six races so far this season. Alex, son of former SA single seater and Dakar star Duncan, held Josh Le Roux off to take a fine race 1 win, before Josh turned the tables to win the day overall.
The writing was on the wall from Friday practice and into qualifying as Vos finally ended up on top of a nail-biting chase to pole position aboard his DVBS Investchem Mygale by just 0,003 seconds from Le Roux’s Master Stairs Mygale. They were chased hard by Geldenhuys brothers Gerard and Antwan’s Abacus Divisions Mygales.
Cape lightie Troy Dolinschek headed row three in his Sujean Property Mygale from veteran Nicholas van Weely’s Magnificent Paints & Hardware Van Diemen, with Siyabonga Mankonkwana’s Investchem Mygale, Ewan Holtzhausen’s Total Plastics Mygale and Taya Van Der Laan’s Macrocomm car.
Friday’s pacesetters, Jason Coetzee, who crashed after suffering suspension failure late in the day in his Mint Wraps Mygale, and Andrew Schofield, who suffered a hub failure in his FlySafair Mygale were next. Formula Ford Kent runners, Ian Schofield, Rick Morris, Allen Meyer, Graham Hepburn and Steve Venter closed off the grid.
Alex Vos made a great Race 1 getaway and grabbed a lead he was to hold for the duration to notch up his first ever Investchem Formula 1600 race win. Not that it was all plain sailing. He was harried throughout by Le Roux with the gap between the two easing down from 0,46 sec on Lap 6 to 0,17 seconds, by the time they took the flag.
Despite a bit of a moment on the opening lap, Antwan Geldenhuys remained steady in third place until a small error allowed both brother Gerard and Troy Dolinschek to sneak by with Nicholas van Weely not that far behind. Holtzhausen beat Mankonkwana, Coetzee and Schofield, with the lovely van der Laan next. Ian Schofield beat Meyer, Hepburn and a misfiring Morris to old school Kent honours.
The second race proved a Le Roux benefit, as he blasted away from the line and drove off to the chequer. Antwan Geldenhuys was second throughout as he did his best to make headway. He closed the gap to around 1,45 seconds at the midway point. But Josh had some in reserve and stretched that out to 2,24 seconds at the finish.
Gerard Geldenhuys ran third until Lap 7 when he tagged Mankonkwana to allow Dolinschek to take the position from Vos, van Weely, Holtzhausen and Schofield. Gerard recovered to ninth from Coetzee and van der Laan. Schofield continued his domination of the Kents from Hepburn and Meyer.
So, Josh Le Roux took the day from Alex Vos and Troy Dolinschek. Antwan Geldenhuys consolidated in fourth from van Weely, Gerard Geldenhuys, Holtzhausen and Schofield, Mankonkwana, Coetzee and van der Laan. Ian Schofield meanwhile wrapped up the Kent day from Meyer, Hepburn and Morris.
Investchem Formula 1600 travels to Red Star Raceway for July 2’s Extreme Festival races near Delmas, Mpumalanga Saturday 2 July. Now that’s something to look forward to. Diarise it now!
*Investchem Formula 1600 extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of two Volkswagen Motorsport team members returning from Aldo Scribante on Sunday.
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