Charl Arangies (Stradale Motorsport McLaren 12C GT3) and Marcel Angel (Autohaus Angel Ferrari F458) shared the wins at the penultimate round of the 2019 G&H Transport Extreme Supercars Championship held at Aldo Scribante Racetrack on Saturday, 21 September.
The morning qualifying session saw Franco Scribante (Scribante Concrete Porsche 997) out in front with a time of 58.28 seconds, the fastest time ever by a G&H Transport Extreme Supercar around the 2.4km long circuit. Behind him, Angel and Arangies traded times as they vied for the other spot on the front row of the grid. Angel won that battle, although the margin was a slender two one-hundredths of a second. Dino Scribante, back in his Scribante Labour Consultants Porsche 997T for the first time since the opening round back in January, claimed fourth ahead of Ben Morgenrood (Ben Morgenrood Ford & Mazda Toyota Lexus) and Silvio Scribante (Scribante Concrete Audi S4). Gianni Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Lamborghini Gallardo) and Paulo Loureiro (Combined Racing BMW) occupied the fourth row of the grid with Elwyn Steenkamp (JEYS Consultants BMW M3) and Jonathan du Toit, out in the Trans Africa Racing BMW Z4 after his regular Ferrari F430 was not ready, rounding out the top ten.
In the opening race, it looked like Franco Scribante was going to run away at the front but, in racing, anything can happen and often does. He had opened up a substantial gap over Arangies, who got past Angel early on, when a turbo boost problem saw him slow, eventually dropping back to finish in fourth. Scribante’s misfortune handed the lead and eventually, the race win, to Arangies who was nearly 10 seconds ahead of Angel when the flag came out. Dino Scribante claimed third place. Gianni Giannoccaro ended in sixth sandwiched between the Combined Racing BMWs of Paulo and Rick Loureiro with Steenkamp in eighth. Xolile Letlaka, out for the first time in his Stradale Motorsport McLaren 650S, ended in ninth place, taking Class C in the process. Jimmy Giannoccaro (G&H Transport Lamborghini) completed the top ten.
The second race again saw Franco Scribante pulling away at the front of the field but the boost problem that spoilt his first race returned allowing Angel to take the lead. This time, Scribante was able to hang on to the back of the Ferrari but just wasn’t able to find a way back into the lead. Angel took the win by a couple of car lengths from Scribante. Behind them, Arangies nursed his McLaren, which had gone into limp mode, to third place ahead of Dino Scribante. This time Gianni Giannoccaro got the better of his battle with the Loureiros, taking fifth ahead of Rick and Paulo. Steenkamp again finished in eighth ahead of Letlaka with Ant Blunden (SAJCO Porsche 997) rounding out the top ten.
Based on the combined times of the two races, Franco Scribante claimed overall victory in Class A+. Arangies topped the GT3 podium ahead of Angel and du Toit. Dino Scribante’s two class wins gave him the Class A win ahead of Gianni Giannoccaro and Steenkamp with Paulo Loureiro taking Class B from Rick Loureiro and Blunden. Class C went to Letlaka from Faizel Coetzee (A&M Plumbing BMW) and Roy Obery (Haval Edenvale Porsche 996). Class D went to Kishoor Pitamber (BMW Z4) from Steve High (Brights Motorsport/S&K Diesels Chev Cruze).
The G&H Transport Extreme Supercars return to Zwartkops Raceway for the final round of their championship, which takes place on Saturday, 9 November.