Cham­pi­onship win­ners lay claim to sil­ver­ware

THE MO­TOR­SPORT LAP/ Porsche has taken the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship ti­tle while ti­tles were set­tled at Kyalami

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It was the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship 6 Hours of Shang­hai at the week­end with one more round to go. The driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship has been long con­cluded by Porsche’s 919 hy­brid car with the team of Timo Bern­hard, Bran­don Hart­ley and Earl Bam­ber, but the event saw Porsche take the man­u­fac­turer’s ti­tle. The race, how­ever, was won by the Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing team en­try of An­thony Davidson, Kuzuki Naka­jima and Se­ba­tian Buemi.

In the LMP2 class, Bruno Senna, Julien Cana and Ni­co­las Prost (Oreca 07) were the team to beat. Se­cond were Ni­co­las Laperre, Andre Ne­grao and Gus­tavo Menezes (Alpine A470), while Nelson Pi­quet Jr, David Heine­meier and Mathias Beche (Oreca 07) fin­ished third.

In the pro­duc­tion car LMGTE Pro cat­e­gory, the Ford GT of Harry Tinck­nell and Andy Pri­aulx fin­ished top of its class.

In For­mula One news, Wil­liam Mar­tini Rac­ing has an­nounced the re­tire­ment of Felipe Massa, from the sport, hav­ing ini­tially re­tired at the end of 2016 only for the team to ask him to stay for an­other sea­son.

“Af­ter an­nounc­ing my re­tire­ment from For­mula One last year, I agreed to re­turn this sea­son to help Wil­liams. I have now en­joyed four great years with the team, but my ca­reer in For­mula One will fi­nally come to an end this sea­son,” said Massa.

The Kyalami race­track was abuzz with ac­tiv­ity as throngs of spec­ta­tors came to watch the rac­ing ac­tion, cour­tesy of the Ex­treme Fes­ti­val.

The open­ing Global Tour­ing Cars race went to Jo­han Fourie (EPS Couri­ers BMW), who fin­ished ahead of Mathew Hodges (VW Mo­tor­sport Jetta) and Michael Stephen (En­gen Xtreme Audi). Race two went Stephen’s way, fol­lowed by Hodges and Daniel Rowe (VW Mo­tor­sport Jetta). Kea­gan Mas­ters (VW Mo­tor­sport Golf GTI) took the first GTC2 heat to clinch the class cham­pi­onship. He was fol­lowed by Christopher Shorter (Cham­pion Mini JCW) and Bradley Lieben­berg (Ferodo Mini JCW). The se­cond race went to Trevor Bland (BM Golf GTI), fol­lowed by Lieben­berg and Shorter.

The G&H Trans­port Ex­treme Supercar race was won by Charl Aran­g­ies (Stradale As­ton Martin Van­tage GT3), ahead of Toby Ven­ter (Porsche 911 GT2R) and Mar­cel An­gel (Au­to­haus An­gel Fer­rari 458). Aran­g­ies set a new over­all Kyalami lap record of 1min 44.68sec in the As­ton which was mak­ing its de­but in SA. Aran­g­ies led race two from start to fin­ish ahead of Ven­ter, An­gel and Adrian Dal­ton (Xtra Cloth­ing BMW).

The first En­gen Volk­swa­gen Cup vic­tory went to veteran Juan Ger­ber (Glas­fit Polo), ahead of Jeffrey Kruger (Uni­ver­sal Health Polo) and Clin­ton Bezuiden­hout (Glyco Polo).

Race two was won by Darren Oates (Glas­fit Polo), fol­lowed by Ger­ber and Kruger.

The open­ing In­vestchem For­mula 1600 event was won by Stu­art White (Fan­tas­tic Du­ratec), ahead of Wes­ley Vosloo (Henkel Du­ratec) and Cameron O’Con­nor (My­gale). White won the se­cond race from O’Con­nor and al­ready-crowned 2017 cham­pion, Ju­lian van der Watt (In­vestchem My­gale).

Jaco Schriks (Cubed Coat­ings Rhema) won both the Hankook For­mula Vee races ahead of Siyabonga Mankonkwana (Cervinia Rhema), with Peter Hills (Lube Fu­sion Rhema) and Luchen Ran­chan­der (TRA Forza) tak­ing turns in the re­spec­tive third places.

Devon Pi­azza Musso (Reef Sup­plies Polo) won the first Amada VW Chal­lenge race from Waldie Mein­tjies (Lee Thomp­son Polo) and Wayne Crous (Del­way Polo). Iain Pep­per (Husq­varna Polo) won race two ahead of Mein­tjies and Pi­azza Musso.

The fi­nal round of the 2017 Ex­treme Fes­ti­val se­ries will take place at the Zwartkops Race­way on Novem­ber 25.

The Porsche World En­durance Cham­pi­onship team cel­e­brate be­ing 2017 man­u­fac­tur­ers cham­pi­ons.

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