Willie Erasmus trails Justin Robertson by only five points despite still having to take his first win for 2019. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom

Close at the top as Liqui Moly INEX Legends heads to Phakisa

Justin Robertson leads the championship, but there is a host of eager competitors closing in on the points table. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom
Justin Robertson leads the championship, but there is a host of eager competitors closing in on the points table. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom

Round 4 of the 2019 Championship sees the front-runners on the points table heading to the with very little between them.

Justin Robertson leads the championship with 1570 points, closely followed by Willie Erasmus who accumulated 1565 points thus far. Round 3 at saw Jagger Robertson making a big jump from sixth to third in the standings with 1435 points. Jason Loosemore also finds himself in striking distance with 1310 points behind his name.

The consistency shown by Erasmus has been a key to his position on the points table. While the Robertsons and Loosemore have shared the race wins during the season, Erasmus has been collecting a host of determined podium finishes. The last outing nearly saw him take his first win of the 2019 season, but a last-corner effort from Loosemore prevented this. Had Erasmus taken the win, this would have seen him emerging as championship leader.

Willie Erasmus trails Justin Robertson by only five points despite still having to take his first win for 2019. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom
Willie Erasmus trails Justin Robertson by only five points despite still having to take his first win for 2019. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom

Just behind this group, Sean Moore finds himself on 1265 points. He will be determined to make up for the misfortunes suffered at Midvaal to keep his championship hopes alive. The top-six is rounded out by Ian Upton who moves up from ninth place with 1075 points. Given his steady progress through the early part of the season, he will aim for a host of strong results in the hopes of drawing in on the battle at the top.

After missing Round 3, Charl and Gerhard Roux will be back in action at the Phakisa Freeway. For Charl in particular, the missed round cost him dearly as he dropped from third to ninth place on the table with 970 points.

The flowing nature of Phakisa Freeway will make for good, fast racing as the Liqui Moly INEX Legends competitors start their mid-season. Friday will see the field participating in a host of practice sessions to fine-tune their setup ahead of Saturday morning’s draw for Race 1 grid positions. Race 1 is scheduled to start at 8:45 and will be contested over six laps. The second race will also be contested over six laps and is scheduled to start at 12:35 from an inverted grid based on the morning’s draw. The day’s final race is scheduled for 16:05 and will be contested over eight laps. For this race, competitors will line up in inverted order based on points scored on the day.  

Jagger Robertson moved into third place in the championship after a good day at Midvaal Raceway. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom
Jagger Robertson moved into third place in the championship after a good day at Midvaal Raceway. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom

Fans are also invited to follow the Liqui Moly INEX Legends Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/INEXLegendsSA) for updates and results throughout the weekend.

INEX Legends Racing South Africa would like to thank the following partners for making the 2019 season possible: Liqui Moly, , , and .

Story by Reynard Gelderblom on behalf of INEX Legends Racing South Africa

 

 

Ian Upton finds himself in sixth position and is edging closer to the battle at the top. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom
Ian Upton finds himself in sixth position and is edging closer to the battle at the top. Picture: Reynard Gelderblom
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