Signature Motorsport conquers Races at East London Circuit
June 2017 - Over the weekend of the 20th of May, the East London Grand Prix Circuit hosted a full field of fast and determined drivers, all with aspirations of claiming victory on South Africa's fastest stage. The circuit played host to the Round 3 of the Sasol GTCs, Engen Volkswagen Cup and Investchem Formula 1600 races.
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Engen VW Cup
Devin Robertson led the first race for nine of the ten laps, plummeting to 14th across the line after a coil wire broke on the final lap. In the second race, Robertson displayed expert skill, picking off his rivals by the lap, powering to a comfortable victory.
Matt Shorter (Moog Polo), after a challenging start to the season, rediscovered his mojo, qualifying a solid fourth and racing to his season-best second overall in heat one and third in race two. Shorter earnt a second overall finish on the day.
Clinton Bezuidenhout (Glyco Polo) continued his consistent performance that saw him in second position in the championship standings coming into the third round. Bezuidenhout finished fifth in race one and fourth in race two.
Benjamin Habig (Nüral Polo) never quite found a comfortable rhythm and raced to a ninth-place finish. He lit up the timing screen in race two as he passed car after car, slicing through the field to end a solid eighth.
Sasol GTC Africa GTC2 Championship
Bradley Liebenberg gave the Signature Motorsport MINI John Cooper Works its debut win at the East London Grand Prix Circuit. Liebenberg qualified on pole position, and led the first heat to win by two seconds.
In race two, the start featured an inverted grid. Liebenberg found himself at the back of the field in eighth. He quickly picked his way through the field, taking the lead on the final lap, crossing the line just 0.386 seconds ahead of second-placed Keagan Masters (VW Golf).
Christopher Shorter (Champion Parts MINI John Cooper Works) had his qualifying runs spoilt by deliberate blocking and booked sixth place on the starting grid. A good start saw Chris hang on to the lead group, racing to a fourth-place finish, his best yet in the Champion MINI.
Following a physical race, Shorter fought his way into fifth-place finish in race two.