|What||V8 Masters Round 4 Report|
|Where||Killarney International Raceway, Cape Town|
|When||Saturday 8 June 2019|
|Community||Cape Town, Western Province.|
Tafani takes two more V8 Masters wins
Pretoria driver Fabio Tafani delivered another dominant performance to win both V8 Masters races and further cement his title aspirations at Saturday’s fourth round Killarney Power Series races. The Masters dodged the early morning wet in what transpired to be a perfect balmy Cape winter’s day for racing as Brad Hall pipped Tim Reddell to Silver honours and Martin Bensch took the Bronze trophy home.
Qualifying Friday evening delivered a surprise pole sitter as Sean Moore blasted his APV347is to a fine 1:17.103 lap to beat championship leader Fabio Tafani’s turquoise and orange version to the top starting slot by almost 0.4 seconds. Richard Schreuder (TRS Construction) was a similar amount of time further behind in third, with Rob Warrington an impressive fourth ahead of Brian Evans (Cape Eye Laser) and Mike Brooks (Signarama Cape Town).
Brad Hall meanwhile topped the Bronze runners ahead of Tim Reddell, Rhoderick Simpson and Charl van Sittert (Serr Synergy), with Bronze runner and V8 Masters debutant Martin Bensch (Compact Robotics) next up as the grid formed up on a dry track after the circuit had dried following overnight rain.
Sean Moore led away, taking Fabio Tafani with him as they opened up a gap on the pursuing pack, with Brian Evans leading a combative Rob Warrington and Mike Brooks. Rhoderic Simpson, Brad Hall following ahead of Tim Reddell. Charl van Sittert were next up as Martin Bensch maintained a watching brief. Tafani then pounced on Moore for the lead on lap 2 and powered away to win with quite a bit of movement behind Evans, who had a lonely run to third behind Moore.
Brooks passed Hall early on and set off after Warrington, before Hall went wide to allow Reddell and Simpson through. Hall had caught Warrington by then and moved ahead of the daylo yellow machine a lap later, but Rob was having none of it and passed Hall back on the final tour, as Schreuder ground to a halt on Lap 7. So Tafani took an ultimately easy win from Hall, Evans, Warrington and Brooks, with class B runners, winner Reddell, Hall, van Stittert and Simpson next ahead of Bronze driver Bensch.
The second race did not start well for Rob Warrington who suffered a sizeable accident to exit stage left, leaving Moore to get ahead of Tafani early on. Fabio was however soon back into the lead, although this time Sean was on his case throughout to come home a second, just three tenths adrift. Schreuder meanwhile bounced back from his first race travails to move past Brian Evans early on and chase the leaders down, but a shortened six-lap race did not allow him the time to catch them.
Evans held the battling Mike Brooks and Silver winner Brad Hall off for fourth with Reddell next up from van Sittert, Simpson and Bronze man Bensch. So Tafani made his trip down from Pretoria more than worth his while with a double race win to take overall honours and further consolidate his grip on the V8 Masters title chase. Moore ended up second from Evans and Brooks, while Brad Hall pipped Tim Reddell to the overall Silver win by just half a second ahead of van Sittert and Simpson and Bronze winner Bensch.
The next round of the V8 Masters is 6 July at Killarney.ENDS
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