Saturday, July 14 saw Johan Fourie adding two more podium finishes to his 2018 Sasol GTC tally at the Aldo Scribante Racetrack. Despite tricky weather conditions the EPS Racing BMW driver delivered to solid performances to finish as one of the stars of the day.
The first two of Friday’s practice sessions were conducted in rainy conditions providing the VM Innovations team adequate time to ensure a strong setup. The circuit did dry out during the course of the afternoon seeing the final session taking place in sunny yet damp conditions. All reports however indicated that Saturday’s race day would again be influenced by the weather; a forecast that the team took into account while preparing for the remainder of the weekend.
During Saturday morning’s slightly damp qualifying session Fourie set the fourth fastest time. The day’s first race saw overhead conditions return to heavy rain and despite dropping down to sixth position early during the race after being forced wide, he delivered a level-headed performance to catch up to the rest of the field again. His vast amount of experience was evident as he kept his car pointing in the right direction; picking opponents off in the process to finish the race in third position.
The afternoon’s second race saw him starting from fifth place on the inverted grid. Fourie delivered another strong performance to keep hometown favourite Michael Stephen at bay during the middle stint of the race while maintaining his third position on-track. An incident near the end of the race saw Fourie progressing to second place.
“A positive day for us indeed” remarked Fourie following the day’s racing. “It was certainly not the easiest conditions to race in. We had to work hard for these results, but this is definitely something for the team to celebrate.”
Fourie and the EPS Racing team will be aiming to continue this good form during the remainder of the season. Round 6 of the 2018 Sasol GTC Championship will see them making their second visit to Zwartkops Raceway outside Centurion on Saturday, August 18.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – EPS Racing / Johan Fourie