WhatEngen Volkswagen Polo Cup Round 6 Report
WhereZwartkops Raceway, Pretoria
WhenSaturday 18 August 2018
CommunitySouth Africa National

Campos lads top Bittersweet Pepper weekend

Engen Polo Cup rookie Keegan Campos scored an emphatic maiden win in the second race to take overall victory at a cold and breezy Zwartkops on Saturday, while the weekend came to elder brother Jason on a day that their Pepper Racing teammates Tasmin Pepper and Shaun La Reservee will want to forget.

Keegan Campos enjoyed a brilliant weekend with his Campos Transport Pepper Racing Polo, qualifying fastest before storming on to top Superpole to secure the pole position. He then enjoyed a great dice with Justin Oates to end up second and then took that first win in the second race to take the day overall. “I’m lost for words,” a delighted Keegan admitted. “I did not expect such a strong result, but I'm over the moon to have made such a strong statement for myself and my team - the guys really deserve it!”

Elder brother Jason Campos enjoyed a strong Friday in the Turn 1 Pepper Racing Polo, but qualifying was not as positive as expected and he ended up twelfth, before driving up to 10th and second in Masters in race 1, Jason had a strong second race to see him up to sixth to snatch fifth overall and second in Masters for the day. “That was a real up and down weekend,” Jason confirmed.” We failed to capitalise on Friday’s form in qualifying, but I think we did the best we could on the day. “Big congratulations to my brother, Keegan on an exceptional weekend and a dominant and deserved first Polo Cup victory!”

Tasmin Pepper was another driver to rue a weekend that went backwards, but the slide failed to abate for the Electric Life Pepper Racing Polo lass. Tasmin qualified ninth and raced to eighth in the first race, but an off track excursion at the start of race 2 saw her drop to the back to finish well down the field. “That was a hard weekend — a weekend I'd rather forget!” Tasmin rued “The team will be back at work fixing my car and we will be back in Cape Town to give the boys a hard time as usual.”

To make matters worse, Shaun La Reservee’s Alpine Motors Pepper Racing Polo was slowed in the same incident as his teammate and he followed Tasmin home well down after qualifying 10th and ending ninth in the first race. “A horrible race day,” Shaun admitted. "Sorry to the team and Tazz and Iain for what happened in race 2. Exceptionally well done to Keegan - what an epic drive and well deserved! - let’s just forget that one ever happened, mama warned us about days like this and the only thing we can do is look forward to one of our favourite races at Killarney in September.”

“I don’t know if I should laugh or cry,” team boss Iain Pepper wrapped it up. “Congratulations to Keegan on a brilliant weekend, his first Polo win and overall victory for the day — what a drive! “Also kudos to Jason for making good progress and as for Tasmin and Shaun, well you can be rest assured they will be back  — roll on Killarney 22 September.” 


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