WhatSasol Race Day Report
WhereZwartkops Raceway, Pretoria
WhenSaturday 18 August 2018
CommunitySouth Africa National, Pretoria

Need, Thompson, Smalberger impress

Lee Thompson Racing had a good weekend at home at Zwartkops' Sasol Race Day on Saturday as all three of its cars delivered strong performances. Charl Smalberger enjoyed a bit of an up and down GTC2 weekend, while Delon Thompson delivered well in spite of a few issues, but it was a great day for Simon Need, who finally overcame his second race jinx to bring it home third overall in Polo Cup Masters.

Mauritian gentleman racer Need qualified his Photonics LTR Polo Cup an encouraging 14th on the Engen Polo Cup grid, before bringing it home in that position in race 1 and moving up to 13th in the second race to clinch a delighted third in Masters for the day. “I cannot tell you how relieved and happy I am to have broken that terrible series of problems, but today was a great day and I am delighted to bring home a decent result for Lee and the team.”

Junior Polo Cup teammate Delon Thompson continued to deliver brilliant rookie year results as he qualified fifth to go on to Superpole, before putting his A&R Handling LTR Polo sixth on the grid. Thompson fought a slowing car to 12th in race 1 and then bounced back to 8th in race 2 to end up ninth overall and 8th among the Juniors. “Zwartkops was filled with a lot of ups and downs,” Delon explained. “I had a good, close qualifying, but I had temperature issues and fell down the grid in race 1. “Race 2 was better — now the plan is to keep on working with Lee as we chase good results for the last few races of the season.”

“It wasn't a fantastic day but it was not bad either — our pace was good but times were very close,” Charl Smalberger admitted following a busy day in his Sabertek LTR Golf in Sasol GTC2. “The first race start was pretty exciting — I managed to pass Brad Liebenberg and hold him off for fourth and the second race start was even more frantic — I lost out a bit when I was stuck behind the Honda on limp mode and the works Golfs got round the outside — wrong place, wrong time I suppose. “Then the brake pedal went long and Trevor Bland got by so I ended up sixth, but the car is good and I am looking forward to the next race — thanks team!”

“All in all a good day at the races,” team boss Lee Thompson concluded. “I am just so happy that Simon finally had a solid meeting all round, while Delon and Charl did well to overcome some challenges in the races. “We will be back stronger next time around — bring on the next races!”


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