Close rac­ing in Polo Cup

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - — Wheels Re­porter.

RAIN changed the com­plex­ion of the Engen Polo Cup races at the Aldo Scrib­ante cir­cuit near Port El­iz­a­beth last Satur­day, when the venue hosted round five of the 2018 Ex­treme Fes­ti­val cham­pi­onship se­ries.

The event was the Scrib­ante cir­cuit’s first wet race day since the venue’s re­cent resur­fac­ing, which made its trac­tion ex­trem­i­ties dif­fi­cult to read. Satur­day morn­ing’s of­fi­cial qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion saw the times of the top 10 com­peti­tors cov­ered by less than a sec­ond.

Af­ter the Top Six Shootout, Jef­frey Kruger (Universal Health Polo) oc­cu­pied pole po­si­tion, ahead of Shaun la Re­servee (Alpine Mo­tors Polo), Justin Oates (URUP Polo), Jonathan Mo­gotsi (VW Mo­tor­sport Polo), Tas­min Pep­per (Elec­tric Life Polo) and Delon Thomp­son (MF Au­to­body Polo).

Round­ing out the top 10 starters were Justin Oates (URUP Polo), Clin­ton Bezuidenhout (Glyco Polo), Juan Ger­ber (Ger­ber Mo­tor­sport Polo) and KZN racer Daniel Du­miny (SMD Group Polo).

The sec­ond race saw a mul­ti­ple pile-up in the cir­cuit’s hair­pin cor­ner, putting out Mo­gotsi and drop­ping Pep­per far down the or­der.

The in­ci­dent caused the de­ploy­ment of the Safety Car, in or­der to re­move Mo­gotsi’s da­m­aged and stranded ve­hi­cle from the cir­cuit.

The race even­tu­ally fin­ished be­hind the of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle, with La Re­servee lead­ing Bezuidenhout, Ja­son Cam­pos, Thomp­son and Kee­gan Cam­pos (Cam­pos Trans­port Polo).

Justin Oates, Darren Oates, Ger­ber, Franken and Pep­per filled out the fi­nal 10 po­si­tions.

Mean­while Kruger was pe­nalised for his role in the mul­ti­ple crash, drop­ping him to 11th place.

The re­sults left Kruger in the cham­pi­onship lead, with his clos­est ad­ver­saries Pep­per and Mo­gotsi. • The next round of the 2018 Engen Polo Cup cham­pi­onship will take place at the Zwartkops Race­way near Pre­to­ria on Satur­day, Au­gust 18.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Aldo Scrib­ante’s new sur­face proved tricky in the wet dur­ing the Engen Polo Cup Races.

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