Some say that mama warned us about days like that, but Saturday certainly was one of those for AutoNews Killarney Garage 34 duo Ebrahim Levy and Giordano Lupini in the Bold Marine Western Province GTi Challenge races at the Cape circuit
Levy was always going to have a difficult day in the #45 Jive Armien Levy AutoNews Golf 1, having to carry 20kg of penalty ballast following his win in the previous round, but Ebrahim’s fetish for minimum mass came back to bite him when his low fuel load caused his Golf to surge with a couple of laps left to run in the first heat. “I caught myself out!” Ebrahim admitted. “We cut our fuel load too fine in the search of a little less weight and I dropped from second to fourth in two laps.”
Ebrahim bounced back to come out on top of a stunning dice with Dewald Lubbe, Bryan Morgan and Jarred Simpson, but race officials took a dim view on a last corner altercation that saw Lubbe leave the track and Levy docked nine places to be classified behind Lubbe. “We had a brilliant race,” Levy admitted. “But Dewald and I touched in the last corner and he went off — it was a racing incident but somehow they blamed me for it and for now those points are lost.”
It was also a challenging yet most gratifying weekend for fifteen-year old Giordano Lupini racing out of the other side of Killarney’s pit garage 34 in his black and yellow #16 Monroe Racing RSA AutoNews RWJ Golf 1. “I was caught out at the start of the first race,” young Lupini reported. “I stalled the car and it took a while to get going, by when the grid was gone. "That’s a rookie mistake, lucky I’m still a rookie!”
Giordano however fought back to catch and pass three cars before closing in on and enjoying a frantic scrap to the flag with the wily Francois Erasmus. He then made up for his earlier misdemeanour with a perfect start in heat 2 before another mano-a-mano duel with Erasmus: “I tried everything I could to get next to Francois, but I couldn’t pull it off,” Giordano explained. “Francois had enough speed to hold me off, but it was still a brilliant scrap and I learned so much today.
“We found a second in pace since the last time out and I’m happy with my progress - I must thank my sponsors - Monroe, Fuchs, Racing With Jesus 56 and AutoWeek, my parents and the Levys for all their help, inspiration and enthusiasm - all our hard work is paying off — now I’m looking forward to delivering better as we progress.
Garage 34 is in next action at Killarney’s national championship Extreme Festival 16 April