Darryn Lobb moved one step closer to the Shelby Can-Am championship after scoring another dominant win at Zwartkops while Toby Scheckter surprised many with his pace in what was his first competitive outing for seven years.

In what has been a dominant season, the DK Woodcraft backed driver has now won eight races from ten starts this year.

Lobb made his intentions clear on Friday when he claimed the all important pole position, a smidgen quicker than 2008 champion Rui Campos (Hugo Boss). “Pole position is probably more important at Zwartkops than at any other track, so all I need is to make sure I get a decent start,” said Lobb who won the title in 2007.

Brian Algar (Thuthuka Welding) headed row two and had Alan Eve in the Sunshine Testing/Phakisa entry alongside while the top six was completed by Sean Greve (Vulcania Reinforcing) who shared the next row with Scheckter in the Trionz backed car.

In what was almost an incident free race, Lobb took a comfortable in the opening race although Campos was less than a second behind at the flag.

Algar was a solid third, but was under pressure from Eve while Greve took fifth as Scheckter didn’t break ranks and also finished in the same position he started from.

Jean Paul Bredenhann (Bigfoot Express/Panel Rite) had a lonely race to seventh place with Bertil Hofmann (GP Energy Drink) next ahead of Hanno Pengilly (Azura Retreats) while Thomas Reib (Coolstar Beverages) was disappointed with tenth, especially since he’d won when the series raced at Zwartkops in April.

As is the norm for the series, race two featured a partially inverted grid, the top eight fastest lap times from race one are reversed.

This time it was Eve who started from pole, and the experienced veteran didn’t waste the opportunity as he led from start to finish to score his first win of the season. Lobb was just over two seconds behind as Campos was a similar distance behind in third.

Scheckter held fourth at the end of the opening lap but ran into gearbox problems and called it a day after four laps which left Algar to take the position. Bredenhann was pleased with fifth ahead of Reib and Pengilly.

Craig Shorter (Phakisa) was eighth ahead of Dave Beattie (Dura) and Capetonian Greg Walker (Bizfone).

Sheckter had enjoyed himself, saying the cars felt like big single seaters. “It was great and it will be nice if I can do a few more races,” he said. “I think he’s done a great job considering the car was only given a quick set-up on Friday,” said Francois Pretorius, whose crew had the task of running the car.

The next round of the Shelby Can-Am championship takes place at East London’s fabulous former Grand Prix circuit on 29 August.