- Team Ford Racing drivers each take a win in Port Elizabeth
- Duminy takes first ever overall victory
PRETORIA, South Africa, 8 Aug., 2011 – Team Ford Racing added to their already impressive race statistics by taking three on-track race wins and finishing first overall for the day at this weekend’s Port Elizabeth round of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship.
Aldo Scribante greeted the team with torrid weather, the wet conditions leaving the circuit looking more like an offroad event than a tarred race track. The conditions were however quite favourable for the BP / Castrol Ford Focus STs with Gary Formato in the top three in all of Fridays practice sessions.
The weather cleared for Saturday’s qualifying, which was an exceptionally close fought affair with the top four contenders separated by less than three tenths of a second. Shaun Duminy qualified third, with Formato fourth. Formato put in a great drive to win the first race, with Duminy taking the flag in fourth.
Fourth seemed to be the best place to be after the top four finishers were inverted for the second race. Duminy took up pole position. After a flawless drive, Duminy was the first across the finish line to take a hard fought victory. Formato pushed hard, but in his desperation, managed to out-brake himself on the second lap relegating him to sixth position.
The grid for race three saw Formato start on pole and Duminy in fourth. The Focus STs were in great form and after 8 laps of racing, Formato lead the pack across the finish line while Duminy worked his way up to third.
The final race of the day saw Formato and Duminy sixth and fourth on the grid respectively. The action packed race eventually saw the two Ford drivers take the chequered flag in formation with Formato second and Duminy third.
Unfortunately, the team had made an error in weight calculation, the rapid Ford burning off more fuel than anticipated which saw Formato crossing the scales slightly underweight. The result of this excluded Formato from races three and four, a major blow to his championship points haul. It did, however, elevate Duminy to second place in both races, a result which saw him claim first place overall for the day.
“The cars are great and I am ecstatic with the results this weekend,” enthused Duminy.
“We had a great set of results today, unfortunately a small fuel miscalculation saw me finishing below the required weight and whilst this is very disappointing, it was a small mistake that could have happened to anyone. I still walk away from the event with a race win, as does Shaun. I look forward to the next event,” concluded Formato.
The next round of the championship will take place on 3 September in East London