Jarrod Waberski heads back to South Africa with a double GB4 Championship podium at the iconic “home of British Motorsport”, but it certainly wasn’t an easy road to success.
Jarrod was quick straight out of the blocks, topping the time sheets in two of the practice sessions leading up to qualifying. The qualifying session was a closely fought affair, with the top five separated by just 0.390 of a second. Jarrod set the fourth fastest lap time, 0.014 off third.
Although he qualified fourth, Jarrod started the first race from third on the grid after a penalty from the previous round was applied to a competitor ahead of him. Jarrod had an intense first few corners, running side by side for third place. The two competitors ahead of him were embroiled in a huge tussle. Jarrod saw a gap and went for the position. Unfortunately, the gap closed and Jarrod ramped up the back of the car ahead of him in spectacular fashion. The mistake ended the race for both drivers, but credit needs to be given to the safety measures taken in GB4, as both drivers emerged unscathed.
Jarrod took responsibility for the first race incident and accepted a three place grid penalty for race two. This put him down to sixth on the grid. Although noticeably more cautious, Jarrod quickly found his rhythm and was up a position by the end of the first lap. A lap later, with some slipstreaming help from his teammate, Tom Mills, Jarrod was up to fourth. It was a drag race to the finish line, with Jarrod piping Tom to the flag for third.
The final race started from a reversed grid and Jarrod lined up eighth. Despite being faced with a monumental task, Jarrod made steady progress through the field and was up to fifth by the halfway mark. By the seventh lap, he was up to fourth. On the final lap, Jarrod made the pass for third, taking his second podium finish of the day.
“What happened in the first race was unfortunate, I went for a gap, but the door closed on me and it was too late to back out. I fully accept responsibility and my over eagerness to put my fresh tyres to good use. I am glad that I was able to come back in the remaining races. The team did an amazing job on my car and I was certainly motivated by the strong South African support,” explained Jarrod.
Jarrod holds onto third place in the championship standings.
The next round of the championship will take place at Brands Hatch on 10 and 11 September.
Published by: Motorsport Marketing Services
Picture Caption: Jarrod Waberski
Photography by: Jakob Ebrey
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