Two KZN rid­ers topped the podium in the VW Polo Cup races.

Team Pep­per rac­ers from Dur­ban and Bal­lito earn their sil­ver­ware

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PEP­PER Rac­ing’s Shaun la Réserveé from Dur­ban took an­other En­gen Volk­swa­gen Polo Cup lights to flag win in the 2016 En­gen Volk­swa­gen Polo Cup as he sped to Race 2 vic­tory in Port El­iz­a­beth on Satur­day, while the team’s Ju­nior drivers Daniel Du­miny and Brad Ben­ning­field en­dured a tough day’s rac­ing as they diced home 13th and 14th over­all.

Dur­ban­ite La Réserveé had a dif­fi­cult qual­i­fy­ing in the Alpine Volk­swa­gen Pep­per Rac­ing Polo.

“It was a dis­as­ter — I could only man­age 9th on a damp track,” Shaun ex­plained, be­fore de­liv­er­ing a great per­for­mance in the first race. “But I was very happy with my first race as I moved up from ninth to take sixth.

Bal­lito young­ster Daniel Du­miny was de­lighted with an­other pos­i­tive re­sult with the SMD Pep­per Rac­ing Polo at the end of a week­end that had him scratch­ing his head af­ter prac­tice Fri­day evening. But come Satur­day morn­ing the 15-year old put it all to­gether to de­liver his best over­all re­sult so far in 13th. “It was a a tough and char­ac­ter build­ing week­end for me,” Daniel ad­mit­ted. “But my team did a won­der­ful job — with­out them it would not have been the way it was.

Daniel, who has im­proved steadily since his step up to main cir­cuit rac­ing this year, then im­me­di­ately boarded a flight back to Dur­ban, where he was due to race a KZN kart­ing re­gional at iDube Sun­day in prepa­ra­tion for the na­tional there in two weeks time as part of his busy race sched­ule this year.

The week­end how­ever went the other way for Brad Ben­ning­field — the Jo­han­nes­burg driver who is study­ing at Rhodes Univer­sity not far up the N2 from Aldo Scrib­ante thrilled his digs-mates who came down to sup­port him with a bril­liant fifth and fourth in qual­i­fy­ing, but he soon dis­cov­ered the harsh real­ity of run­ning up front in the cut­throat world of Polo Cup rac­ing …

The next leg of the En­gen Volk­swa­gen Polo Cup is at East Lon­don on July 9, where the spon­sors said they “hope to con­tinue build­ing on a good sea­son so far”. — WR.

PHOTO: PAUL BED­FORD

Pep­per Rac­ing’s Shaun la Réserveé took an­other Polo Cup race win in Port El­iz­a­beth.

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