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Paterson and Essa Conquer Monza

Updated: Jul 20


Pro Series Round 5: Monza press release


Cape Town, 15 th June: Round five of the Pro Series ZA brought the field to the temple of Speed at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.

It was the third consecutive weekend that the best SIM racers of South Africa went to battle and Kieron Paterson and Zaahir Essa

managed to escape the carnage on road to victory.

After Zandvoort and Paul Ricard, it was the familiar Monza track that gave some relief for the racers. Race director Jonathan Benz

had firmly warned the competitors on the infamous first corner and that he had plenty of penalties in stock for misbehaviour. The

track didn’t favour the Porsche’s, but yet again it was the German brand that ruled round 5.

The fastest track of the series meant that the differences between the competitors were marginal and that a tiny mistake would cost

them dearly.


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Werner Joubert couldn’t materialize on his pole position when the lights turned green. Kieron Paterson almost jumped the start to

take the lead in his Porsche. Kieron immediately put his head down to create an instant gap. In the midfield total pandemonium

erupted when Shawn Buck and Reno Adriaanse went into the wall and returned in the middle of the track, causing a handful of

collisions.

While Kieron extended his lead gradually, it was Werner Joubert who came under pressure from Righard van Coller and a forced error

from Joubert saw van Coller take second position. Shortly after Joubert lost second position it was Junior McColl who took third

position from him away as well. Junior’s march to second position came to a stop when he slightly touched the wall. By lap 17 the top

had nested themselves firmly and took the checkered flag in that order.


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Veni, vidi, vici was the credo for Zaahir Essa. Beforehand the championship leader explained that he had to compromise his set-up in

order to make his Porsche driveable at all parts of the track. A compromise meant that he didn’t have the strongest car around

Monza. Regardless of his set-up, he claimed pole position and managed to hold off Jason Webb (Mercedes) in the first corner. To

Zaahir’s advantage, Webb got nudged and blocked the whole field of having a clean exit out of the first corner.

A clean start for Essa and it was a basically a done deal for him. With an immediate 2 seconds gap he was able to set his own pace

and focus on setting the pace for the pack that followed. Second placed man Jordan Sheratt got a drive through penalty for the first

corner incident and it was up to championship runner up Basheer Jadwat and Bruna Cadilhe to stay with Essa.

Zaahir managed to extend his lead, lap by lap and took his fourth victory of the season ahead of Jadwat and Cadilhe. Essa has now

increased his championship lead to 11 points over Basheer Jadwat. Next race will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June at

the notorious Nurburgring.





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