Maiden Victories for Kleb and Sherratt
Pro Series Round 6: Nurburgring press release
Cape Town, 30 th June: For the first time, the racers were served a full wet race and it delivered some of the most incredible and
professional racing the ProSeries has seen thus far. Although weather warnings had been given off before the start of the weekend,
the wet conditions shuffled the powers. Etienne Kleb (ProAm) and Jordan Sherratt (Pro) both mastered the conditions the best by
claiming their maiden victories from Pole Position.
It was a typical North European Summer’s day at the Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit. Heavy clouds with perfect track temperatures
were the base on Saturday practice for round 6 of the ProSeries championship. Things changed dramatically overnight when the
racers woke up to a soaking wet Nurburgring for qualifying and the race.
The weather caused apprehension with the drivers and after a firm briefing by race director Jonathan Benz, both classes delivered
true professional racing action, with little incidents to report on.
The time differences were much bigger between the drivers than usual and Etienne Kleb (Aston Matin) took pole position ahead of
Xander Roets and Righard van Coller. Surprisingly no Porsche’s were found in the front of the field in wet conditions although the
German brand was a track favourite beforehand.
Etienne Kleb missed his leading position in the first and very tight Mercedes Benz Arena to Roets and Kleb dropped back to fifth
position. Roets took instant advantage and without any water spray hindering his vision he took a comfortable lead. Kleb though, was
on a mission and in the fourth lap he was back in second position hunting down Roets. Xander felt the pressure and spun from the
lead handing Kleb back his lead. Righard van Coller also took advantage of Xander’s spin and that sorted the final podium standings of
the race. Etienne Kleb took control over the race and won his maiden ProAm race.
Championship leader Zaahir Essa was lighting fast in Saturday practice but he couldn’t match the pace of Jordan Sherratt in his Audi
during qualifying. Sherratt who had been unlucky in the previous round at Monza was out for revenge and took the lead ahead of Essa
and Basheer Jadwat at the start. Zaahir made a rare mistake in the opening lap, leaving a gap for Basheer to take second position
temporarily. Essa regained his P2 in the next lap, but Jordan Sherratt had already checked out in the lead. His Audi was in wet
conditions the weapon of choice and was able to take full control of the race. Essa and Jadwat did what you would expect from
championship contenders and kept their cool and finished both on the podium, securing valuable points.
With Zaahir Essa finishing ahead of his nearest rival Basheer Jadwat, Essa has increased his lead to 13 points at the halfway mark of
In two weeks time the ProSeries head to the Spanish track of Barcelona for round 7 of the championship.