Lo­cal lads col­lect­ing sil­ver­ware over­seas

SA rac­ers are shin­ing on the big stage, with in­ter­na­tional wins and podi­ums

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - JESSE ADAMS

SOUTH African rac­ing driv­ers and rid­ers flew the flag high with a slew of podium places in var­i­ous cat­e­gories over­seas this past week­end.

Raoul Hy­man con­verted pole po­si­tion to his first GP3 vic­tory at the Red Bull Ring on Sun­day, nar­rowly beat­ing Gi­u­liano Alesi (son of F1 star Jean) by just un­der one sec­ond. The Dur­ban-born 21year old, who drives for the Span­ish Cam­pos team, scored the win in front of a huge crowd at the Aus­trian Grand Prix cur­tain raiser, and now sits sixth in the pres­ti­gious cham­pi­onship with six rounds re­main­ing.

Dur­ban­ite Mathew Scholtz con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance of the Mo­toAmer­ica Su­per­stock 1000 se­ries with a dou­ble win at La­guna Seca. The Yamaha rider has won five of 12 races this year, stood on the podium 11 times and now leads the Amer­i­can cham­pi­onship by a cool 43 points.

Kelvin van der Linde, who jets back and forth be­tween var­i­ous cham­pi­onships in Europe and Aus­tralia, came sec­ond in heat two at the Townsville round of the Aus­tralian GT Cham­pi­onship. The 21year old shares his Valvo­line-spon­sored Audi R8 with Aussie driver Ge­off Emery in this se­ries, which hosts three races at each race week­end. The duo also placed fourth in heats one and three. Kelvin’s next race is the Spa Fran­cor­champs 24 Hour en­durance, where he’ll part­ner up with Ger­man team-mates Pierre Kaf­fer and Frank Stip­pler in an LMS-spec R8 sim­i­lar to the one he won the Nur­bur­gring 24 Hour with in May.

South African Stephen Simp­son and Russo-Cana­dian team-mate Misha Goikhberg drove their JDC-Miller Oreca pro­to­type to sec­ond place at Mosport Park in Canada on Sun­day. It was the team’s sec­ond run­ner-up plac­ing in the WeatherTech IMSA Sport­scar cham­pi­onship, af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing a win at Watkins Glen last time out. Simp­son will be back in ac­tion next week­end at Lime­rock Park for the eighth of 12 rounds in the sea­son.

Jonathan Aberdein, son of suc­cess­ful tour­ing car driver Chris, came sec­ond in the first of three Ger­man For­mula 4 races at Osch­er­sleben on Satur­day. The Capeto­nian then came sev­enth and ninth in the next two heats, and now sits 10th in the cham­pi­onship with three rounds to go.

Jo­han­nes­burg-based Steven Oden­daal fin­ished third in the sec­ond Euro­pean Moto2 race at Va­len­cia on Sun­day. It was the 24-year old’s first podium of the year in the se­ries, which has four rounds to go. Oden­daal is placed third in the cham­pi­onship.

Nick Ad­cock, who won the 2015 South African En­durance Cham­pi­onship, and who now pe­ri­od­i­cally races over­seas, brought his CWS Rac­ing Ginetta G55 home sec­ond in class and fifth over­all at the Misano 24-Hour race on Sun­day. Ad­cock shares the Ginetta with Bri­tish team owner Colin White, Amer­i­can JT Coupal and Dane Pa­trik Mathiesen, and the four-man team now leads the SP3-GT4 cham­pi­onship with two rounds to go at Barcelona and Spa Fran­cor­champs.

Raoul Hy­man made waves in GP3, by win­ning a lights to flag race in front of F1 top brass at the Aus­trian GP.

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