PRETORIA, South Africa— Team Ford took three on-track race wins and finished first over all for the day in last weekend’s Port Elizabeth on August 8, adding to their already impressive statistics.
The Aldo Scribante race course presented the team with challenging weather, with wet conditions making the circuit much more difficult to maneuver. However, Gary Formato firmly took the lead with his Ford Focus ST, retaining his position in the top three in all three Friday practice sessions.
Saturday’s qualifying round saw the weather clearing up for a closely fought race with the top four contenders less than three tenths of a second apart from one another. Shaun Duminy qualified third, with Formato fourth. Formato put in a great drive to win the first race, with Duminy taking the flag in fourth.
The fourth spot seemed to be the best as the top four finishers were inverted for the second race. Duminy took up pole position. After a flawless drive, Duminy was the first across the finish line to take a hard fought victory. Formato pushed hard, and came up with the sixth position.
The third race started with Formato in pole position and Duminy in fourth. After eight laps Formato lead the team over the finish line and Duminy came in third.
The final day started off with Formato in sixth place and Duminy fourth. The competition came to a head with the two Ford drivers finishing in second and third place respectively.
Formato crossed the scales slightly underweight due to a misjudgment in the amount of fuel being burned by the Ford, resulting in his exclusion from races three and four, damaging his championship points haul. However, this elevated Duminy to second place in both races, leaving him in the overall first place for the day.
“The cars are great and I am ecstatic with the results this weekend,” enthused Duminy.
“We had a great set of results today, unfortunately a small fuel miscalculation saw me finishing below the required weight and whilst this is very disappointing, it was a small mistake that could have happened to anyone. I still walk away from the event with a race win, as does Shaun. I look forward to the next event,” concluded Formato.
The next round of the championship will take place on September 3 in East London.