Pepper Petersen & Scholtz living the Dream in Toyota Gazoo Racing Week 38
Toyota Gazoo Racing Week 38 is headlined by South Africans starring in US races over the weekend. Top of the charts, Jordan Pepper shared his K-Pax Lamborghini Huracan with Andrea Caldarelli to their sixth, dominant and seventh Fanatec US GT3 wins in Watkins Glen’,s two races over the weekend in New York. They take a significant championship lead into Sebring’s penultimate championship weekend.
South Africans living the American Dream
Also in the ‘States, Cameron Petersen and Mathew Scholtz took a proud South African 1-2 in Saturday’s Barber MotoAmerica opener. Both men recovered from taking tumbles in the soaking conditions to come back to deliver a dramatic result. Scholtz won race 2 with Petersen fourth. SA 600 kid Sam Lochoff clinched third in the US Supersport title chase with fifth and third on his Suzuki in the two races with another local lad Dominic Doyle’s Kawasaki in seventh and eighth.
Across the pond on Week 38, Saturday was a day to forget for SA DTM ace Kelvin van der Linde, when a safety car went against team tactics and he tumbled to the back on his stop at Assen, Holland. Brother Sheldon did better in fourth for BMW. Liam Lawson’s Ferrari ended second behind Marco Wittmann’s BMW to move into the title lead. Race 2 went better as Kelvin ended fourth behind race winner Lucas Auer’s AMG and title rivals Lawson and Wittman, but Sheldon retired.
Still in Europe, at Misano in Italy, the Binder brothers fought back from tough days in qualifying. Brad came back from 17th on the grid to end up ninth on his KTM. Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia fended Fabio Quartararo off for a back to back win, with rookie Enea Bastianini a maiden third. Darryn Binder recovered to sixth, in Moto3 as Dennis Foggia won a second race on the trot after leader Romano Fenati crashed. And Raul Fernandez beat KTM teammate Remy Gardner in Moto2.
It was tough for some
It was a tough Barcelona World Supersport weekend for Steven Odendaal who was eighth in the first race after a penalty. He then rode his Yamaha to fifth in race 2 as Randy Krummenacher and Manuel Gonzalez’ Yamahas shared the wins. Scott Redding meanwhile led a Ducati 1-2-3 in a rain affected World Superbike opener. Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki held Toprak Razgatlioglu’s Yamaha off in a red flagged Superpole race and Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s Ducati won the red flagged final.
In other action, Robert Kubica, Yifei Ye and Louis Deletraz clinched the 2021 European Le Mans title. SA drivers Jonathan Aberdein’s Orece team fought back to 8th after a turn 1 incident and David Perel’s GTE Ferrari retired. Chase Elliott stole the Bristol NASCAR win after Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick clashed. Markus Gronholm’s Hyundai and Johan Kristoffersson’s Audi took the Latvia World Rallycross wins. Aiden Moffat’s Infiniti, Jake Hill’s Ford and Colin Turkington’s BMW took the British Touring Car wins.
Closer to home, double championship leader Tristan Purdon did the MX1 and MX2 double at Bronkhorstspruit’s Cannabis Energy TRP SA National Motocross races. Purdon won both classes from KTM teammate Cameron Durow, who shared the MX2 second with David Goosen’s Husqvarna and Jesse Wright’s KTM. Over-30s rider Grant Frerichs’ Husqvarna won MX3 from over 40 winner Ian Topliss Yamaha and Kyla Raaf took the Ladies win.
Motocross Tops local action
Jonathan Mlimi’s KTM took the High School double from Miguel de Waal’s similar machine, but Neil van der Vyver’s Husqvarna, Emmanuel Bako’s KTM, Trey Cox’s KTM were split by just two points in Pro Mini. KTM kid Matthew Correia beat Andrew Venter and Tyler Petersen’s similar bike in 85 Junior. Blade Tilley’s GasGas lad and Blake Frost’s KTM shared the 65cc wins. It was a three-way 50cc tie between Aiden Retief’s KTM, Rayden Woolls’ GasGas and Trenton Kretzmann’s Husqvarna.
There were two Week 38 Rotax Max karting regionals. Niko Zafiris took the Gauteng Zwartkops DD2 win from Nicolas Spanoyannis. Eugene Brittz fended off Jonathan Pieterse off in Masters. Kian Grottis took a Senior Max triple over Shrien Naidoo, Muhammad Wally beat Troy Snyman in Junior Max. And Wian Boshoff dominated Mini Max from Erich Heystek. Kegan Martin upset Micro Max over Rafael da Silva and Matthew Shuttleworth beat Shayaan Mohamed in Bambino
Meanwhile at iDube, Robert Whiting beat Brent Walden in the KZN DD2 race as Jonathan Pieterse took Masters. Riley Horner won Senior Max from Jack Rowe and Richard van Heerde Max Masters. Uzair Khan and Corban Spies tied for the Junior win as Troy Snyman hit trouble. Travis Mingay won Mini Max from Travis Yeld and Kyle Spies beat Harry Rowe in Micro Max. Kayden Pistauer beat Yashlan Chetty in Bambino and Stan Whiting won the 4 Strolke handicap race.
Regional racing entertains too
There was also Week 38 Gauteng regional main circuit racing at Phakisa in Welkom. Rory Atkinson took Posidrive VW Challenge honours from Dawie van der Merwe and Waldie Meintjies. Leyton Fourie held Stiaan Kriel off in Class B and Pierluigi Muzzolini took another C win.
Niyaaz Modack’s BMW led a Cape Town PE regional onslaught at Aldo Scribante. He won the EP Modified ABC from locals Nick Davidson’s Audi and Deon Slabbert’s Polo. Shaun Vallance’s BMW and Jeandre Marais in a S2000 shared the DEF race wins. Rudolf de Vos blitzed the Coastal Challenge in his Chevy Can Am. Clinton Bezuidenhout’s VW took the 45 minute endurance win. And on the bikes, Oliver Mckay won CBR 150 and Dylan Grobler NSF 100 races.