Lee Thompson Racing stars at Zwartkops
Lee Thompson Racing enjoyed a most positive weekend’s racing at home when the Extreme Festival visited Zwartkops for the Sasol Race Day. Charl Smalberger took the second Sasol GTC2 race win to consolidate his strong championship challege in the iCorp Volkswagen Parts Golf GTI, while Simon Need continued to progress well in the Photonics Engen Volkswagen Cup Polo.
“Im very happy with Charl’s performance this weekend, while Simon showed great improvements with race pace consistency and lap time,” team boss Lee Thompson explained. “Overall it was a very good weekend at our home track.”
Charl Smalberger struggled in practice before bouncing back with a hard fought second in the first Sasol GTC2 race and then backed that up by coming home third in the second race. But the two cars ahead were both penalized for turbocharger over-boosting in the race, elevating Smalberger to the top of the podium.
“I am over the moon about Saturday’s results,” University of Port Elizabeth mechanicatronics final year student Charl admitted. “We were caught out with the sudden high temperatures in Pretoria on Friday and we were plagued by overheating issues through the weekend, but the races came to us and we won our first race heat to after a flat out top four battle all the way, so I am super-stoked with that!”
Simon Need was also happy with a strong weekend in spite of a difficult start in his Photonics VW Polo Cup. “I had a great weekend!” the Mauritius-based Welshman admitted. “It’s a pity I had a gearbox issue in qualifying, which caused me to start on the back row in each heat, but I had a great fight with some front running cars which also had to start at the tail end — the pace is there and I was really happy with my weekend!”
Lee Thompson Racing heads to Red Star Raceway in Delmas, Mpumalanga with its four Volkswagen Challenge chargers 2 September before Smalberger and Need return to national action a week later at Killarney in Cape Town.