Crous impresses on a difficult weekend

Lee Thompson Racing endured a weekend it would mostly want to forget when the Comsol Volkswagen Challenge visited the Red Star Raceway for its second round on Saturday, but the team’s Class C entry, Shaun Crous kept the flag flying high.

“It was not the best outing for us this weekend,” team principal Thomson admitted. “But Shaun kept the team on a high with a good second overall for the day in Class C.”

“It was a good day!” Ancro Building Projects Polo Vivo pilot Shaun Crous confirmed. “I qualified third for the first race, but I managed to out-brake myself and lost touch, but the second race went better — I really enjoyed charging hard to catch Rory Atkinson in the lead and brought it home a strong second and I was very happy with second overall — by God’s grace we can race — thank you!”

Lee Thompson’s Class A weekend started on the wrong foot when its trio of Polos was reduced to a duo on Friday afternoon. “Waldie Meintjes’ car developed an engine problem late on Friday which we could not solve, so he had to sit out Saturday,” Lee Thompson explained. “But that was just the start of it — a few gearbox issues hindered Iain and Wayne’s running time on Friday so we had to start Saturday on the back foot, so it was one of those weekends.

“I had a lonely second in the first heat,” veteran Iain Pepper reported about his weekend aboard the Husqvarna Motorcycles LTR Polo. “And then I suffered another gearbox issue and I dropped to fourth in heat two, but at least we scored some good points, but we have a little work to do.”

Big brother Wayne Crous enjoyed his weekend, which was also hobbled by transmission issues in his Delway LTR Polo. “I managed to qualify sixth and I had a great start the first race and I then enjoyed an epic 8 lap battle with Wayne Masters to finished the race in 5th position,” Wayne pointed out. 

“I had another great start in the 2nd race - managed to pass Wayne for 4th, but my gearbox linkage broke and that was the end of my weekend. “I had so much fun — now I just need plenty of seat time before East London — thanks so much to Lee and his team!”

“Sometimes we have tough weekends and that was one of them,” Lee Thompson concluded. “Now we have a lot of work to do in time for East London in three weeks — that’s a big weekend for us with six cars racing in three classes and with a little luck, it will go smoothly for all our guys…”