Audi tops class A, VW leads class T pack
information supplied by: Roadworx Communications
23 February 2013
VW and Audi top the charts
Reigning champion Michael Stephen in the Engen Audi A4 will lead the field away for the opening round of the 2013 Bridgestone Production Car championship, having set the fastest time in Saturday morning’s Superpole – a shoot-out amongst the leading trio in each class from Friday afternoon’s official qualifying session.
Second spot went to Afrox BMW newcomer Johan Fourie, lapping Kyalami just under two-tenths of a second shy of Stephen’s time. Etienne van der Linde in the second Afrox Beemer had a short-lived flying lap, going off the track and into the tyre barriers at Turn Two, severely damaging the car. He will compete in a previous-generation BMW E90, but will start from the back of the Class A field.
In Class T it was the young gun against the veterans: seasoned driver Lee Thompson in the Castrol MINI versus Graeme Nathan in the Indyoil Golf GTi against 16-year-old Kelvin van der Linde in the Ferodo Golf GTi. It turned out to be another two-horse race, with Thompson not completing his flying lap due to an ABS malfunction, leaving the Golfs to duke it out.
Van der Linde put in a sensational lap to stop the clocks almost a second faster than Nathan, securing his first pole position in the class, and that at his first attempt. The starting grid will thus be as follows:
Michael Stephen (Audi) Johan Fourie (BMW)
Melvill Priest (Audi) Hennie Groenewald (Subaru)
Tschops Sipuka (Audi) Gennaro Bonafede (Audi)
Richard Pinard (Subaru) Etienne van der Linde (BMW)
Kelvin van der Linde (VW) Graeme Nathan (VW)
Lee Thompson (MINI) Gavin Cronje (MINI)
Michael van Rooyen (Chevrolet) Jacques Joubert (VW)
Gary Formato (Ford) Shaun Duminy (Ford)
Devin Robertson (Renault)
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