SA ENDURANCE – Stephen & Hill win in East London
Michael Stephen and Paul Hill’s Aston Martin Vantage won Saturday’s SA Endurance Bigfoot Express 700 at a wet East London Grand Prix Circuit. Giant killing duo Andre Bezuidenhout and Saul Hack’s VW SupaCup Polo ended second, just 20 seconds ahead of Sun Moodley and Andrew Culbert’s 991 GT3 Cup.
Pole men Charl Arangies and Stuart White’s Lamborghini, Franco and Silvio Scribante’s Chevron B26 and the winning Aston Martin diced out front early on. The Aston pitted and White served a drive-through penalty hand a 2-lap lead to the Scribantes, at two hours. The Chevron pitted and then retired when the rain started, leaving the Lamborghini leading the Aston Martin and the Porsche with the Polo closing in the wet.
Arangies then retired after contact with another car, before Hack and Bezuidenhout stole second from the Porsche and a trio of Backdraft Cobras. Class E winners Stiaan Kriel and Kosie Weyers were fourth from Mike McLoughlin and Piet Bredenhann’s GT5S car and Roets and Clark in another E machine. Arangies still leads the SAEC championship heading to round 4 at KZN’s Dezzi Raceway on 24 October.