(Jagger Robertson leads the field during one of the races this past weekend at Phakisa Freeway / Photo Credit : INEX Legends South Africa)
WELKOM, SOUTH AFRICA : The fourth Round of the 2019 Liqui Moly South Africa INEX Legends championship saw three races that went down to the line at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom on April 26-27.
Jagger Robertson took his second overall win for the season while becoming the first driver to take home two victories from a 2019 race day. After Round 4, he now also finds himself as the main championship challenger behind Justin Robertson who retained his lead.
Willie Erasmus was forced to withdraw from the event following an injury sustained away from the circuit on Thursday afternoon. Saturday morning’s draw for the Race 1 grid saw Jagger Robertson lining up in pole position ahead of Ian Upton. Andre Larsson headed up the second row ahead of Charl Roux who set the pace during Friday’s second practice session. Sean Moore lined up in P5 ahead of Justin Robertson. Friday’s fastest time was set by Jason Loosemore in Practice 3, but drawing P9 meant that he would have to work his way through the field in the opening race. Also joining the Liqui Moly INEX Legends grid was Dewald Brummer who was unable to compete in one of the other categories on the day following a terminal car failure.
Jagger Robertson made a good start to retain the lead around the outside of the first corner. Loosemore rapidly made his way to the front, momentarily taking the lead at the start of Lap 3. This was also the lap that saw Gerhard Roux making up a host of positions to slot into the lead on Lap 4. He however did not hold onto this for very long as Charl Roux became the next driver to head up the five-car tussle and take the victory. This also saw Charl Roux becoming the fourth different race winner for the 2019 season. He was closely followed over the line by Loosemore and Jagger Robertson. Gerhard Roux finished in fourth place; beating Justin Robertson to the line by 0.007 of a second. Chris Hoy found himself in the leading pack during the early stages, but finished the race in sixth place just ahead of Richard van Heerde.
The second Race saw Van Heerde and Gerhard Roux heading up the grid, but Loosemore soon made his way to the lead. Justin Robertson moved to the front of the pack on Lap 2. Meanwhile Jagger Robertson made his way into the lead on Lap 5 after starting in P11. Another driver who kept himself in contention throughout was Charl Roux. He momentarily held the lead heading into the final lap, but was soon repassed by Jagger Robertson. The final corner saw Jagger Robertson taking the inside line down to the chequered flag while Charl Roux took a wider outside line which allowed him to get back onto the power sooner and move right to the inside. Jagger Robertson took the win by 0.117 of a second despite the valiant effort by Charl Roux. Third place went to Justin Robertson who had to hold off a last-minute challenge from Loosemore as the pair crossed the line. Gerhard Roux took a wider line down the main straight, but was compromised after running onto the rumble strip and finished in fifth place, only 0.566 of a second behind the winner. Further back Hoy took his second sixth-place finish for the day, again holding off Van Heerde for the position.
Andre Larsson headed up the field as they started Race 3, but was soon passed by Johann van de Venter. On Lap 2 Jagger Robertson took the lead after again starting from the back row of the grid. During the closing stages he was pursued by Justin Robertson with only 0.210 of a second separating them at the finish. Charl Roux finished in third place ahead of Van de Venter; the latter taking home his best result of the 2019 season. Gerhard Roux finished in fifth place ahead of Hoy who took home another sixth place finish.
With two wins and a third place Jagger Robertson took the overall win for Round 4 ahead of Charl Roux who celebrated one win while also finishing all three races on the podium. Consistency paid off for Justin Robertson who rounded out the podium for the day. Charl Roux also took the Master Class win while Hoy beat Loosemore to the Professional Class honours. Jagger Robertson took the Semi-Professional Class Win.
Justin Robertson retained his championship lead with Jagger Robertson now 75 points behind him. Loosemore moved into third place. Willie Erasmus lost two positions and now finds himself in fourth place; heading up Sean Moore who had a difficult day at the Phakisa Freeway and Charl Roux. Van Heerde rounds out the top-six. Justin Robertson and Jagger Robertson also retained their respective Masters and Semi-Professional Class leads while Loosemore moved to the top of the Professional Class points table.
Round 5 of the 2019 Liqui Moly INEX Legends championship will see the battle continue at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria on May 17-18.
INEX Legends Racing South Africa would like to thank the following partners for making the 2019 season possible: Liqui Moly, AutoZone South Africa, Big Boss Auto, Rubro and Global Roofing Solutions.
INEX Legends South Africa press release