After a dismal first visit to the Border Motorsport East London Grand Prix Circuit for the Pesty Racing outfit in 2020, the team is eager to build on its current strong momentum this coming weekend (May 21-22) in the second round of the South African Endurance Series.
Occupying fourth place on the all-Backdraft Roadster Class E points table, the team delivered a solid performance in the latter half of the six-hour season opener at Dezzi Raceway.
“We were plagued by mechanical difficulties throughout the week leading into the race as well as in the opening stages of it” says Team Owner and Driver Harm Pretorius. “These things were all beyond our control, but hats off to the entire team for keeping a positive attitude throughout. It was down to this attitude that we were able to record such a strong start for the season. Now we need to build on this going forward.”
The circuit is popular with all three of the team’s drivers, also including Barend Pretorius and Eduan Bester, despite the difficulties they faced in 2020. “That was a tough weekend for us, but with lots of positives coming from it as well. In particular with Eduan’s good pace in wet conditions at the end of the race. We love the circuit and we are glad that it is featuring twice on our calendar for this season. It is the country’s fastest circuit and we have done a lot of work regarding pace since the previous visit. So we are looking forward to a good result.”
Friday will see three 20-minute practice sessions ahead of the afternoon’s qualifying session. Saturday will see an early morning 15-minute warm-up session with the four-hour race scheduled to start at 13:30.
As per the regulations under the current National State of Disaster in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a prohibition on the in-person attendance of spectators at sporting events. The race will however be streamed online with more details being made available through the course of the week.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Pesty Racing heads into Round 2 as one of the strong contenders in Class E
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