Lupini takes positives from tough weekend
Engen Volkswagen Cup rookie Giordano Lupini may have found Zwartkops’ Sasol Race Day to be a steep learning curve, but the Pepper Racing Franschhoek 16-year old was happy to take home the positives of a tough weekend’s racing.
“We struggled for pace in practice and I qualified further back than we may have hoped,” the Bridge House School Grade 11 scholar admitted. “The first race started very well though and I made up six or seven places with some moves I was very happy about, but I threw a lot of that away when I out-braked myself trying to hold off Paulus Franken and I ended up 14th.
“The second race was a nightmare. “Perhaps the biggest sin in racing is to take your teammate out and I managed to bump Daniel Duminy into a spin and really ruined his race. “I was a bit too brave in turn 1 after the start and Paulus and I made contact and I clobbered Dan on the rebound. “No excuses — and my sincere apologies to Dan and the team. “That was a hectic race too with all the bumping and barging in the mid-pack, there is no mercy in there!
“The third race started well but my car got too hot and I had to slow to cool it and lost some ground - I was clipped by one of the cars as it passed too and it took a while to cool, which is a pity because it was really sweet. “I ended up 14th overall for the day, but most important is that I can take so much home from the weekend — there’s no better way to learn than by bitter experience and Polo Cup dishes that out and then some!
“I would like to thank everyone who contributes to our racing effort — my sponsors acciDent Guru, La Vie de Luc Mineral Water, CIR Construction and BP Franschhoek, Iain, Shane and the Pepper Racing crew and my dad, let alone the series, the circuits and race organizers, officials and marshals for the possibility to race in this great series. “Now I can’t wait to race at home at Killarney next on 9 September — bring it on!”