Thompson twins in tight title tussle
Lee Thompson Racing heads to Zwartkops’ 26 November Comsol Volkswagen Challenge season finale with two cars involved in a tight three-car brawl chasing Class A honours. LTR’s Waldie Meintjes finds himself in the joint class championship lead with rival Rory Atkinson, with teammate Tasmin Pepper 12 points adrift in third.
“Kyalami was not good to us,” Pretoria driver Meintjes conceded. “I struggled a little with power there and that allowed Rory to draw level on points, so we go to Zwartkops with everything to win or lose. “Lee and the guys have made a huge effort and spent a lot of time on my car so we should be up to it and we have had a few strong races at our home track, so we are ready. “May the best man win!”
Tasmin Pepper will however be out to see to it that the best woman wins — although the Alpine Motors Campos Transport LTR Polo star is fully aware of what needs to happen to steal a come-from-behind championship from her tussling gentlemen rivals. “It’s going to be a tough weekend for us,” the Edenvale lass conceded. “We can still win the championship, but it’s going to take a full house of points from my side and a little bit of luck to make that happen!
“Either way I’m really looking forward to the weekend, it’s my final race in the Comsol VW Challenge and I want to end on a high note whatever transpires in the championship chase. "Huge thanks to the team for all the effort and hard work they put into the car — let’s go give it our best shot…”
Lee Thompson Racing’s third Class A entry, Wayne Crous can’t wait for the weekend in his King Price Insurance LTR Polo: “I’m really looking forward to the Zwartkops race, especially after all the time and effort Lee and the team have put in to preparing the car. "I’ve also had quite a bit more seat time lately, so I’m fairly confident to end the season on a high.”
Lee Thompson Racing’s man in Class B, circuit racing rookie Michael Harris is also upbeat on his prospects in the finale with his Petro SA Polo Vivo, following a positive weekend at Kyalami last time out. “I can’t wait for the last round at Zwartkops - the racing is always really close there and I’m now starting to get to grips with my car and racing a four-wheeler on the track,” the former motorcycle racer explained. “Thanks to the team for getting my car ready — bring it on!”
Younger brother Shaun Crous is another young man relishing in the prospect of racing at Zwartkops now that he is getting back to grips his rebuilt Class C Arco Construction Polo Vivo written off in the previous Cape Town race. “I won my first race after moving across to Lee Thompson Racing in August, but I was taken out in practice for the next round at Killarney,” Shaun explained.
“We then worked flat out just to rebuild the car for Kyalami, so just to be there was an achievement, but now we’ve had a little time to find our feet and sorted the car quite well, so I’m hoping to end the year off with a win.”
“We are coming to the end of a thrilling season and what better way to end than going to Zwartkops to decide the championship,” team principal Lee Thompson admitted. “We have worked hard to make sure all five cars are ready to win so now its up to the guys to make it happen — good luck team!”