PRETORIA, South Africa — Team Ford heads into the penultimate round of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship with enormous confidence that it is on the verge of winning the championship after a brilliant season of racing.
The latest round at the Zwartkops track in Pretoria West on November 5 will have two back-to-back sprint races, as well as a two-hour endurance race requiring two drivers. This will give former Production Car driver Garth Waberski a chance to team up with Gary Formato, while Shaun Duminy will once again share his Ford Focus ST with Graeme Donker.
Formato currently leads the Class T championship and the team has decided to enter a third vehicle in an attempt to gain as many points as possible. The third car, nicknamed “girl power” will be shared by talented drivers Andrea Bate and Naomi Schiff.
Bate did well in her first outing in the Ford, claiming a podium finish at Killarney. Schiff looked promising during testing and is expected to put in a few surprises.
“We are just two events away from championship victory and whilst we are feeling confident, we have to remain focused and ensure that we don’t make any mistakes. Zwartkops is our home circuit, the Fords are strong and I believe we have a winning combination,” commented Formato.
“Entering a third car is a huge strategic advantage for us and I know that Naomi and Andrea are going to make us proud,” concluded Duminy.
Round 8 of the WesBank Super Series could see Ford Racing clinch the championship and Ford fans are encouraged to come support the team.