Killarney champagne for Tasmin, Shaun
Pepper Racing returned to winning ways in emphatic style as Tasmin Pepper scored a hard-fought race 1 win over teammate Shaun La Réservée at Killarney's penultimate round Engen Volkswagen Cup races on Saturday. That set the duo up for an overall 1-2 for the weekend after ending up third and fourth in the second race of the day to consolidate their respective championship chases in the process.
“A positive day at last!” team principal Iain Pepper sighed. “We have had a hard run since our dominant weekend at Kyalami in April, so this result is a huge confidence builder for the team — now to keep this momentum going into the finale and set up a repeat of our last weekend there. “Well done Tasmin and Shaun — a great one-two — that’s the way to do it!”
“That was a great weekend from start to finish!” Campos Transport/Alpine Volkswagen Pepper Racing Polo driver Tasmin Pepper admitted. “As always Cape Town treated us well and I’m extremely happy to finally get that long awaited win — hopefully we can continue the winning streak at the last round. “Huge thanks to Shane and my dad for all the hard work — the car was awesome!”
“The love affair with Killarney continues!” Shaun La Réservée explained. “We had the pace to run up front all weekend and we achieved just that — what an awesome day. “I will take finishing second overall by 0.8 of a second after 2 awesome races any day with a big smile — thank you to the team for an amazing car and congratulations to Devin Robertson on clinching the 2017 title. “Now we’re looking forward to Kyalami more than ever!”
Pepper Racing’s Junior driver Daniel Duminy however had a difficult day at the races after breaking a side shaft and retiring from race 1 at the start line before returning to 14th in race 2 after running in the top ten earlier in the race. “Let’s just say that Cape Town doesn’t really like me,” the SMD Pepper Racing Polo lad rued after another tough weekend at Killarney. “Bad luck a second time.”
Pepper Racing now heads to Kyalami for the season finale on 4 November looking for another dominant weekend as its drivers seek a final championship charge at the classic Johannesburg circuit.