Ford Focus ST’s dominate at Kyalami

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Bridgestone Production Cars: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Midrand – Round 4 of 10

Pretoria 7 June 2010 – Team Ford Racing enjoyed an eventful outing at this weekend’s Bridgestone Production Car Championship held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand. Saturday morning’s qualifying demonstrated how close the class T battle for supremacy has become with the top four contenders separated by less than four tenths of a second.

Graeme Nathan took pole position from the charging Nandos Ford Focus ST trio of Gary Formato, Shaun Duminy and Michael van Rooyen.

The opening heat proved to be a heated battle with Nathan and Duminy challenging for the lead. The pair touched mid-corner with Nathan crashing into the barriers. “It was an unfortunate incident, there was little I could do to avoid the contact by that point,” commented Duminy.

Van Rooyen took hold of the race following a safety car period to clear the scene and went on to secure his maiden Bridgestone Production Car victory in his Ford Focus ST. Duminy finished second with Kieren Quarmby and Formato following suit.

“I’m really excited,” commented Michael van Rooyen after his maiden victory. “We’ve been making steady progress throughout the season and this is just a dream result.”

The second sprint race started shortly thereafter. Formato took the victory ahead of Gennaro Bonafede with Quarmby third and Duminy fourth. Van Rooyen crossed the line in eighth.

The final race once again saw Formato taking victory, leading the race from lights to flag. Quarmby was second with van Rooyen taking the final podium slot ahead of Bonafede and Duminy.

“This was an important weekend for us. We secured a strong points haul. The cars have proved to be quick but the challenge for us is maintaining this pace over the full race distance. We have a long break now with the next race only taking place in August so our focus will be on sustaining our performance over a long distance,” concluded Gary Formato.

Qualifying:

  1. Graeme Nathan VW GTI
  2. Gary Formato Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  3. Shaun Duminy   Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  4. Michael van Rooyen  Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  5. Kieren Quarmby  VW GTI, Interfile
  6. Gennaro Bonafede   VW GTI, Ferodo

Race 1:

  1. Michael van Rooyen ,  Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  2. Shaun Duminy   Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  3. Kieren Quarmby  VW GTI, Interfile
  4. Reghardt Roets  BMW Rough Rider
  5. Gary Formato Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  6. Heinz Bose Mazda 3 MPS, MFC

Race 2:

  1. Gary Formato Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  2. Gennaro Bonafede VW GTI, Ferodo
  3. Kieren Quarmby VW GTI, Interfile
  4. Shaun Duminy  Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  5. Heinz Bose Mazda 3 MPS, MFC
  6. Nizaam Esa  VW GTI, Asrin
  7. Curt Alchin  VW GTI, Bodyman
  8. Michael van Rooyen   Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford

Race 3:

  1. Gary Formato Ford Focus ST Nandos Team Ford
  2. Kieren Quarmby  VW GTI, Interfile
  3. Michael van Rooyen Ford Focus ST Nandos Team Ford
  4. Gennaro Bonafede  VW GTI, Ferodo
  5. Shaun Duminy Ford Focus ST, Nandos Team Ford
  6. Heinz Bose Mazda 3 MPS MFC

Overall:

  1. Kieren Quarmby
  2. Gary Formato
  3. Gennaro Bonafede
  4. Michael van Rooyen
  5. Shaun Duminy
  6. Heinz Bose
  7. Niyaaz Modack
  8. Nizaam Esa
  9. Gary Green
  10. Curt Alchin