BMW walk away with Bridgestone Production Car spoils
06 August 2012 | ANDRÉ DE KOCK
JOHANNESBURG - That was the story of Saturday’s Bridgestone Production Car racing.
Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde took their Afrox BMW 335i entries to first and second places in the 12-lap feature race at the end of the day.
They led home Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi S4), Leeroy Poulter (Pirtek BMW 335i), Melvill Priest (Meuller Sport Audi S4) and Tschops Sipuka (Engen Xtreme Audi S4).
Earlier in the day Taylor, Poulter and van der Linde took the podium places in the day’s opening six-lap race.
Race two, started from an inverted grid, saw Stephen and Sipuka taking their Engen Audis to the top placings, shadowed closely by van der Linde’s BMW.
Unlucky on the day, retiring from the feature race, were Sasol Subaru drivers Hennie Groenewald and Richard Pinard.
The results left this year’s title chase wide open, with reigning champion Stephen, Taylor and van der Linde the main contenders.
Class T for turbocharged cars saw a large attrition rate, and various winnners.
Graeme Nathan (IndyOil Golf GTi) won the feature race from Gennaro Bonafede (Ferodo Golf GSi) and Devin Robertson in the Big Boss Auto Renault Megane Sport.
Drivers dropping by the wayside included Michael van Rooyen (Chevrolet Cruze), Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy in their Castrol Ford Focus ST entries, plus the MINI Coopers of Gavin Cronje and Lee Thompson.
Èarlier Cronje won the first race of the day in his MINI to give the marque a maiden win this season.
Bonafede took the second victory in his Golf.
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