Two second places keep SASOL NISSAN's Poulter
Grand Prix Circuit, East London (October 20, 2007)
Defending champion Leeroy Poulter (Sasol Nissan 350Z) stayed in the hunt for a second successive Bridgestone SA Production Car Championship when he took two hard-fought second places in round 9 at East London's former grand prix circuit on Saturday.

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On a day when the all-wheel drive Audis again enjoyed an edge over their two-wheel drive rivals - Melvill Priest and Shaun Watson-Smith shared the two race wins and the two third places - the three factory Sasol Nissan 350Zs enjoyed mixed fortunes.

Tschops Sipuka, after qualifying a good sixth on Friday for Saturday's first race, retired from race one with a blown engine and was prevented from competing in race two because he didn't get off the circuit before depositing his engine oil on the tarmac.

Gavin Cronje, in his second appearance for the team after Gary Formato's departure, had to be content with two eighth places after problems in both races.

Poulter: "The car was good in qualifying and also in the two races, but we just didn't have the speed to match the Audis or Taylor's BMW. I was battling to change down into third in the complex in the first race and the rear wheels locked when it eventually engaged. I slid across the corner and got hit by Watson-Smith."

"Taylor defending his lead very well in the second race and Watson-Smith was just too fast for us."

Poulter now lies third in the championship with two races remaining, at Kyalami on November 24. Johan Fourie (Audi) leads with 156 points, Watson-Smith is second with 154 points and Poulter has 145 points.

Nissan's protest against the results of the second race in Cape Town in August, when Watson-Smith was credited with second place ahead of Formato and Poulter despite allegedly passing both Nissan drivers under waved yellow flags, is still to be finalised. Should the ruling go against Watson-Smith, he will lose three points and Poulter will gain one point, increasing Poulter's points to 146 and reducing Watson-Smith's points to 151.

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