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Hendriks Junior was the leader of the pack at the start

Hendriks Junior was the leader of the pack at the start

Alfa Trofeo Racing

The Series set out to chilly on Saturday 20 June for the fourth round of the 2015 championship.

Once again the youngsters from the MG Youth Project were invited to join in on the action as well.

Disaster struck for Paul Griffin (Sud) before the race had even started however when a broken oil seal during qualifying put paid to his chances of a decent race day.


Race 1

De Carvalho was in dominant form in both races

De Carvalho was in dominant form in both races

Pole man John Hendriks (Sud) led the pack through the first few corners with Jose Jardim (Guilia Sprint) and Jose De Carvalho (155 GTA Twin Spark) in tow. Christopher Tarboton (Berlina) slotted into fourth position with Ralph Kernes (Alfetta) and Kyle Viljoen (145) hot on his heels.

De Carvalho was on an early charge as he passed Jardim down the back straight to pick up second place. Kernes followed his example and passed Tarboton to claim fourth, with Cameron McLeod (MGA) slotting into sixth. Phillip Hendriks (Sprint) was also making up for lost time as he passed Viljoen through turn three to pick up seventh position.

De Carvalho continued his charge and passed Hendriks Junior down the back straight to take the lead on lap four. Hendriks Senior followed suit as he passed Tarboton to pick up yet another spot as well. With the end of the race looming Kernes made a concerted effort to get past Jardim to claim fourth on the penultimate lap of the race.

When the chequered flag came out it was De Carvalho who claimed the victory. Hendriks Junior held on to second place with McLeod picking up two positions on the last lap of the race to claim a well-deserved third position.

Race 1 – Results

  1. Jose De Carvalho – Best lap 1:22.999
  2. John Hendriks – Best lap 1:25.915
  3. Cameron McLeod – Best lap 1:24.491
  4. Ralph Kernes – Best lap 1:26.006
  5. Jose Jardim – Best lap 1:26.026
  6. Phillip Hendriks – Best lap 1:25.559

Race 2

Kernes consistency led to a third overall

Kernes consistency led to a third overall

The second race of the day picked up where the first one left off with De Carvalho leading the field after the first lap. The battle behind him was closer than ever with a trio of cars all fighting for the same piece of tarmac.

When the dust had settled Mcleod, Hendriks Junior and Kernes emerged in what would turn out to be a ding dong battle for the rest of the podium places in the race. Hendriks Senior was trying to hold onto their coat tails but just didn’t seem to be able to match their pace.

The battle behind them saw Jardim and Tarboton involved in a tussle of their own with both drivers being very evenly matched. Bhagved Singh (MGB) also had his hands full as he battled to keep Viljoen and Anthony Theobald (Guilia) at bay. The second placed battle was closer than ever with Hendriks Junior putting in his fastest lap on the penultimate lap of the race trying to find a way past the MG driver.

But it was De Carvalho who crossed the line to take his second win of the day. McLeod only just held Hendriks Junior at bay to claim second position – 0.352 separating the pair as they crossed the line!

Race 2 – Results

  1. Jose De Carvalho – Best lap 1:24.143
  2. Cameron McLeod – Best lap 1:25.205
  3. John Hendriks – Best lap 1:23.970
  4. Ralph Kernes – Best lap 1:24.859
  5. Phillip Hendriks – Best lap 1:25.139
  6. Jose Jardim – Best lap 1:26.527

The fifth round of the championship will head back to on Saturday 18 July.

The new sprint race format has worked well and has now been adopted as the way forward for the category. Hopefully this will inspire more Alfa fanatics to get more involved with the fun and action.

Report by: Greg Reilly
Photographs by RacePics.co.za

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