South Africa’s Bently boy Jor­dan Pep­per won an­other Ju­nior class podium be­fore a bril­liant charge in Ger­many’s ‘Green Hell’.

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SOUTH Africa’s Bent­ley Boy Jor­dan Pep­per con­tin­ued his re­cent top Ger­man ADAC GT Mas­ters form with an­other Ju­nior class podium. This be­fore a bril­liant charge through the field to end 11th in the se­cond race of Nür­bur­gring’s fifth cham­pi­onship round last Sun­day.

Pep­per, who qual­i­fied the big yel­low Deutsche Post Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 in fifth for the first heat be­fore he and Ger­man team-mate Daniel Abt drove the car to fourth over­all, was de­lighted with the se­cond Ju­nior class podium, fol­low­ing a se­cond over­all in Aus­tria two weeks be­fore.

“We lost a bit of track time on Fri­day, so fifth in qual­i­fy­ing in a car that is not all that well-suited to cer­tain as­pects of the Nur­bur­gring is a huge re­sult for us. This cir­cuit has very lit­tle grip and that caused us to strug­gle to put the trac­tion down,” said the young driver, who hails from Edenvale, Jo­han­nes­burg.

“And fourth in the race with a Ju­nior podium on Satur­day? “I’ll take that — es­pe­cially against the Porsches, which re­ally were quick on the day. The car felt great in the race and I’m happy about that,” Pep­per said.

On Sun­day morn­ing, Pep­per said the whole grid was mixed up, with “all the other cars that were in the front on Satur­day were also strug­gling”. He took over the car from team-mate Abt, who had qual­i­fied it in eighth, in 21st po­si­tion at mid-dis­tance and by the time the pit­stops had panned out, he was up to 15th over­all in Sun­day’s se­cond race.

Pep­per then charged hard to put the yel­low Bent­ley into 11th by the time the che­quered flag flew, al­beit a lit­tle frus­trated not to haul an­other sig­nif­i­cant points score. “Over­all I’d say the week­end was good for me,” he said.

“The se­cond race could have been bet­ter, but now we go to Zand­voort even more mo­ti­vated in two weeks’ time.”

The Dutch round is the penul­ti­mate in the 2016 ADAC GT Mas­ters cham­pi­onship, with Pep­per sit­ting eighth in the Ju­nior ti­tle race in spite of a dif­fi­cult first half of the sea­son.

The forested track at Nür­bur­gring lived up to its nick­name “The Green Hell” for South Africa’s Ger­man For­mula 4 rookie Jonathan Aberdein, who en­dured a tough week­end’s rac­ing at the sixth round of the ADAC cham­pi­onship.

Al­though the Cape Town driver scored a top-10 fin­ish in the mid­dle of the three races of a hec­tic meet­ing, he ad­mit­ted “it is a bit dif­fi­cult to say some­thing pos­i­tive about the week­end that we had”. He lies sev­enth in the ADAC For­mula 4 Ju­nior cham­pi­onship with two races still to run.

PHOTO: MOTORSPORT

Rea­son to smile: SA’s Jor­dan Pep­per af­ter Nür­bur­gring.

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