|What||Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup Round 8 Report|
|Where||Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria|
|When||Saturday 20 October 2018|
|Community||South Africa National|
Tough day but Pepper Racing is smiling
Pepper Racing endured a tough day at the races at Zwartkops’ Engen Polo Cup finale on Saturday, but Tasmin Pepper led Jason Campos to the Masters championship title, Keegan Campos ended up top rookie of 2018 and Tasmin finished runner-up in the overall championship, while Pepper Racing won the team’s title too.
Tasmin Pepper arrived with a chance of taking the overall championship, but title rival Jeffrey Kruger put that out of the question with a first race win as Tasmin brought her Electric Life Pepper Racing Polo home seventh, but Tasmin was delighted with the Masters title. “That was a tough season with some really close racing,” Tasmin reflected. "We had a few bad luck rounds, which didn’t help our overall title fight, but the team did an amazing job all year and we definitely showed we are more than capable of winning. “I am really happy to walk away with the overall Masters championship as well as second overall. "Now for 2019 — we’ll be back!”
It was a tough weekend for Campos brothers Jason and Keegan too, but Jason held off an attack on his Master’s title second, while Keegan bounced back to take the Polo Cup best rookie slot for the season. “We struggled for pace this weekend and the first race was a disaster, “Turn 1 Pepper Racing Polo driver Jason Campos explained. “Race 2 went better and I was able to claw back to sixth to hold on to a very close Masters second!”
Keegan Campos similarly struggled in qualifying and stopped in the first heat before fighting back to ninth to retain his top rookie status in the Campos Transport Pepper Racing Polo. “That was a bit of a challenging weekend, but we had a great year all-round,” Keegan summed it up. “I ended up Rookie of the Year, so I’m delighted with that! “Jason and I would like to thank Iain, Shane and the team for a great year — we all had an exciting and fun year on and off the track — until next year!
“We did what we could but were just not good enough over the last hurdle,” team principal Iain Pepper concluded. “But to get a second overall in main championship and a Masters championship 1-2 as well as wining the Rookie and Team championship was a great season to me. “Well done team!"
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