Sisa Nge­bu­lana ( 17) from Jo’burg was one of sev­eral SA rac­ers who had a SA rac­ers had bruis­ing week­end on oveseas tracks.

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SEV­ERAL South African driv­ers flew the flag in fine style in races across the world over the week­end, al­though lady luck seemed to be else­where for most in a tough few days’ of rac­ing.

Jor­dan Pep­per and Kelvin van der Linde were both mighty in ADAC Ger­man Masters at the Sach­sen­ring, while young Jonathan Aberdein shone in the For­mula 3 race there, Stephen Simp­son fought hard in the Cal­i­for­nian IMSA PC race and Bri­tish For­mula 3 rookie Eu­gene Denyssen found him­self on a steep learn­ing curve.

But it was per­haps Jonathan Aberdein who made the big­gest im­pres­sion with a pole po­si­tion and eighth and a tenth places in his best step for­ward in his rookie Ger­man For­mula 4 sea­son. He ended tenth in the first race to snatch pole in the re­verse grid fi­nal, but he was tagged by the sec­ond- placed car while lead­ing and dropped down the field to end 8th. Kelvin van der Linde and Jor­dan Pep­per both drove well be­yond what their re­sults sug­gest in the ADAC GT Masters — both were com­pro­mised by an er­rant Safety Car in the first heat but the sec­ond race saw van der Linde up to fourth in his Audi and Pep­per sixth for Bent­ley be­fore each handed their cars to their co­drivers, only for the Audi to suf­fer a pit lane penalty and the Bent­ley to crash out.

Stephen Simp­son mean­while found him­self im­mersed in a La­guna Seca dog­fight that saw the tail of his Oreca Chevy ripped off in the clos­ing stages of his race to fifth as he clawed onto his IMSA PC cham­pi­onship lead.

Eu­gene Deneyssen had a dif­fi­cult Bri­tish For­mula 3 week­end at Rock­ing­ham with a pair of tough races be­fore crash­ing out of the fi­nal, while the 17- year- old Sisa Nge­bu­lana also en­dured a try­ing meet­ing.

Else­where, SA bike hero Cam Petersen flew the flag in style with his first Mo­toAmer­ica Su­pers­port race for Suzuki in the sec­ond heat of the New Jer­sey US meet­ing.

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Johannesburg’s Sisa Nge­bu­lana ( 17) had a tough race along­side fel­low South African Eu­gene Deneyssen in the Bri­tish For­mula 3 week­end at Rock­ing­ham.

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