All action all round, all around the world in Toyota Gazoo Race Week 47
It was an epic Toyota Gazoo Racing Week 47 on all fronts as the 2021 season continues to draw to a close in great style around the world. Lewis Hamilton was seismic in his Mercedes as he made up 25 places off two penalties to hunt down Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Honda and win the Sao Polo Grand Prix. He closed down on Verstappen in the title chase with three rounds to race. Sprint race winner Valtteri Bottas was third in the other Mercedes.
Valentino Rossi’s tenth place on his MotoGP retirement topped the Valencia bill. Protege Pecco Bagnaia led Ducati’s first ever 1-2-3 over Jorge Martin and Jack Miller. Brad Binder was 8th en route to a title sixth. Remy Gardner tied up the Moto2 title as teammate Raul Fernandez won. And Xavier Artigas took a maiden Moto3 win. After last week’s victim Denis Foggia took champion Pedro Acosta on the last lap. Darryn Binder ended his Moto3 career in a lap 1 crash.
It was a great weekend for South Africa at the Abu Dhabi Desert challenge. Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel’s Gazoo Racing machine continued their Dakar prep as they led a Proudly South African Toyota Hilux 1-2 over Lucio Alvarez and Armand Monleon. On two wheels, SA rookie Michael Docherty took Rally 2 honours on his Husqvarna, while SA rider Aaron Mare’s KTM ended fourth overall and stage winner, Botswana’s Ross Branch’s Yamaha bounced back to tenth.
Aqil’s first UK win
Talking South Africans overseas, Jozi youngster Aqil Alibhai put the finishing touches to his rookie British Ginetta Junior season. He took a splendid race win and third overall at the weekend’s Brands Hatch Winter Series.
It was a day of the doubles closer to home in Week 47. Ferrari duo, Jono du Toit beat GT3 winner Charl Arangies and Deon du Plessis’ KTM X-Bow as the G+H Supercars topped the Zwartkops Extreme Festival bill. Arangies emerged overall champion as Gianni Giannoccoro’s Lamborghini took the GT3 title. Du Toit’s Honda also won Superhatch, while George Economides’ Golf took both 111 and Clubmans honours.
Mark du Toit’s Daytona took Legends, Dawie van der Merwe VW Challenge. Stiaan Kriel and PL Muzzilini took the classes. Ismail Peck’s Opel took Supercup and Gert van den Berg Formula Vee and Andrew Horne’s Royale Historic single seaters. Over at Phakisa on two wheels, AJ Venter was a double WoM winner. He took 1000cc victory from Jayson Lamb and Michael White and also won the Classic race. White took Battle of the Twins honours and Henk Kruger won in Streetbikes.
Cape kart champions crowned
The WP Rotax Karting year came to a head at Killarney. Storm Lanfear took DD2 honours, Conor Hughes won Masters and Tate Bishop Senior Max. Matthew Wadeley won Junior, Keagan Beaumont Mini and Aiden Beaumont Micro Max, and Zach McAuley won Bambinos. Joseph Oelz is WP DD2 champion, Hughes took the Masters title and Bishop Senior Max. Reza Levy is Junior, Joaquin de Oliveira Mini and Keagan Beaumont the Micro Max champion, and Michael Danks Bambino.