Ferodo Racing shines in Durban street races
The Ferodo Racing team came away from a challenging weekend in the streets of Durban with satisfying overall wins
for Gennaro Bonafede (Ferodo Volkswagen Golf GTi) in class T of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship and
Kelvin van der Linde (Ferodo Polo) in the Engen Volkswagen Cup, and a third overall for Ernie van der Walt (Ferodo
Formula Volkswagen) in the Formula VW Championship.
The uncompromising concrete walls and ’green’ surface of a 2,1-kilometre street circuit laid out between the Moses
Mabhida Stadium and the Sun Coast Casino caught out several of the drivers competing in the fifth round of the
WesBank Super Series on Saturday and Sunday.
Van der Linde increased his comfortable lead in the Engen Volkswagen Cup Championship with an impressive lights
to flag win in race one on Saturday, beating Kyle Barnes to the finish line by over two seconds after starting from pole
position. Former champion Mathew Hodges was third. The 15-year-old Johannesburg grade 10 pupil started race two
alongside polesitter Barnes and chased his rival to the flag, settling for a safe second place ahead of defending
champion Devin Robertson.
“I’m very proud of the boys,” said Ronnie Erasmus, Motorsport manager of Federal-Mogul, manufacturers of Ferodo brake pads. “This was their first experience of racing on a street circuit and they not only avoided crashing their cars, but they all enjoyed a successful weekend.