Ginetta grabs lap record

East London’s historic Grand Prix circuit hosted a thrilling fourth round of the 2019 Mopar SA Endurance Series on Saturday.

It was won by Craig Jarvis and Stuart White who led from start to finish and raced to a six-lap victory in their Maui Motorhomes Ginetta G57-Chev. In the process White set an all-time circuit lap record of 1 min 15,911 seconds, at an average speed of 185,94km/h.

Second in the Bigfoot Express 700 race was the Kalex Aston Martin Vantage V12 of Paul Hill and Michael Stephen, closely followed by the AidCall247 Ligier-Honda of defending champions Nick Adcock/Michael Jensen.

A superb effort saw Tony Martin/Mike McLaughlin take fourth overall in their Backdraft Roadster-Lexus V8, leading home saloon car category winners Dayne Angel/Jarryd Evans (Honda Civic Type R), who also won the Index of Performance prize.

Dean Wolson/Gerald Wright (Sports 2000 Opel) ended sixth, followed by the Baron Motor Spares BMW of Bradley Scorer/ Darren Winterboer, the Nash VW of Byron/John Oliver, the Trevor Graham/Brian Martin Backdraft Lexus and the final classified finisher, Uli Sanne/John McLachlan (Alfa GT).

The biggest crash of the weekend befell Gavin Cronje, who walked away unscathed after rolling his Lamborghini Gallardo at 260km/h through Potter’s Pass. Other casualties included Andrew Horne/Howard Blake who retired their Blake Digital Capital Nash-VW while holding fifth overall with ten minutes to spare.

Fritz Kleynhans/James Forbes (Point Blank Racing Ligier-Honda) and Riaan Botma/Sarel van der Merwe (Auto Investments Ligier-Honda) both retired with blown engines. The final two rounds of the series will take place at the Phakisa Raceway on October 5.

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